We all celebrate National Women’s Day on 8th March in India.
We share the story of Seema (Name Changed) and who was not celebrating National Women’s day in March of 2018, but was struggling with uterine fibroids.
Millions of women nationwide suffer from uterine fibroids, especially middle age women, and we hope that Seema’s story will inspire other Indian women suffering from uterine fibroids to seek relief.
For Seema, a teacher and a mother, living with heavy blood flow during her period was a way of life. Menstrual time period became the center of her life and consumed her thoughts, actions and even her sleep pattern.
During her period, Seema’s life was constantly disrupted:
“My mind was on my period every day, that’s where my head was,” said Seema.
Other than the extremely heavy bleeding, Seema did not experience any pre-menstrual symptoms or any pain during her period. Her menstural cycle was approximately five days, falling within the normal time frame. Due to her heavy bleeding, her primary care physician was concerned about her low iron level and prescribed iron pills for her to take to counter a low blood count.
When she went to visit her gynaecologist for an examination, she was told that she had uterine fibroids. Because Seema did not have any pain or prolonged bleeding and did not pursue uterine fibroid treatment.
In March 2018, Seema’s menstrual cycle took a turn for the worse. Her flow increased to an unbearable level, bleeding through layers of clothes and lasting nearly two weeks. To top it off, she endured two menstrual cycles in the same month. Distraught with having two periods in the same month with increased and prolonged bleeding, she went back to her gynaecologist seeking options.
With one child and no interest in having any more children, Seema inquired about a hysterectomy, desperate to end her heavy bleeding and take back control of her life. Her gynaecologist put her on a birth control regimen as a temporary solution to control the bleeding and recommended looking into Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE), a non-surgical, minimally invasive treatment for uterine fibroids. Seema was provided with a UFE brochure to review and after deciding that this was what she wanted as a long-term solution to end her suffering, she was referred to Dr. Sheorain, Vascular Specialist at Medanta Hospital Gurgaon.
“Dr. Sheorain listened and understood where I was coming from. He showed me MRIs of what fibroids looked like and explained how they worked,” she said. “He showed me the embolization spheres, described the procedure and explained that cutting off the blood supply shrinks the fibroids and helps with the bleeding.”
An MRI revealed two huge fibroids and two medium-sized fibroids in Seema’s uterus, and Dr. Sheorain explained that these fibroids were causing her heavy and prolonged bleeding.
In March, 2018, Dr. Sheorain treated all four uterine fibroids during a single Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) procedure. Performed under mild sedation in a comfortable outpatient setting, Seema was able to go home the very next day and recover in the comfort of her home. In less than two weeks, Seema returned to work, fully recovered and back in control of her life.
“I’m so thankful. This was the best decision I ever made,” she said. “She recommends Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) procedure to all women suffering from uterine fibroids. It’s changed my life!
Since the uterine fibroid embolization procedure, Seema’s period is under control. Her blood count is up and she no longer needs to take prescribed iron pills. She’s able to enjoy her life with the confidence of not having to worry or think about her period. She’s doing great!
Seema’s advice to a work colleague and to all women in a similar situation: “Hysterectomy is not your only choice. You have options. Try Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)—you don’t have to worry about a long recovery. The recovery is quick and you can get back to work sooner!”
If you or someone close to you suffers from uterine fibroids, let Seema’s story serve as an inspiration & reminder for all women to make their health a priority by seeking treatment from the debilitating symptoms of fibroids.
Learn more about Uterine Fibroid Embolization, non-surgical treatment for uterine fibroids. Call today on 9868887666 to schedule an appointment with vascular specialist Dr. Sheorain, best doctor for uterine fibriods embolization in India.