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Uterine fibroids is a problem that affects a large group of women (20-40 percent), especially in childbearing age. Every fifth woman over 35 and every second menstruating 50-year-old suffers from uterine fibroids. Uterine fibroids are one of the most common benign neoplastic growths.

Uterine fibroidsis a very common problem. As many as 75 percent of people participating in the TNS Polska study "Between us women" admit that women in their immediate vicinity were diagnosed with uterine fibroids. 28 percent of them confirm that the topic of uterine fibroids was very personal and embarrassing for the sick person, and as many as 16 percent did not talk about it at all.

We asked the expert of the program - dr. Jacek Tulimowski and Mariola Kosowicz, a psychologist from the Cancer Center.

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Uterine fibroids: Don't be afraid to ask and seek support!

For many women, the diagnosis of uterine fibroids comes with a shock and a question: what next? What will my life be like now? - Women fear that during the treatment of uterine fibroids, sometimes ending with the removal of the uterus, they will no longer be full-fledged women and will become incapable of having an active sex life. They are very often accompanied by the fear that they will be rejected by men - then we are talking about the "empty woman" syndrome.

Support plays an important role in this situation. A woman needs time to get used to the diagnosis - uterine myoma - and talks to a doctor and a psychologist who should help in choosing the right treatment - emphasizes Mariola Kosowicz, psychologist at the Oncology Center in Warsaw.

This is also the right moment to emphasize the role of prophylaxis consisting in regular examinations and visits to the gynecologist. A woman must be aware of the problem she is facing. The doctor should inform the patient about the disease and, together with her, decide on the further treatment of uterine fibroids.

Women are afraid and ashamed to ask about ailments related to the spheres of intimate life. This is one of the reasons why I inform my patients that they will find a lot of interesting and useful information on the - says Dr. Jacek Tulimowski, expert of the "Between us women" program.

Uterine fibroids: Where to get help?

Support is needed in every difficult life situation, and the situation of the disease is undoubtedly like that. Therefore, a conversation with another woman - mother, friend, sister, or consultation with a gynecologist and psychologist will certainly help women find themselves in a new situation.

However, the role of mental support should be emphasized once again. For a woman, uterine fibroids are not only associated with physical symptoms: profuse bleeding, hormonal disorders or weakness, but also mental fears for their he alth and even life.

Many women take time to re-accept themselves and their femininity. - Consultation with a gynecologist, during which women will receive reliable support, or a conversation with a psychologist about the emotions that accompany the disease will be the first steps towards regaining he alth and mental balance - sums up Mariola Kosowicz.

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