Did you know that 42% of women feel they are not treated with dignity and respect by healthcare professionals? Many women are disappointed with the lack of information they’ve received about their complaints related to heavy bleeding, and feel compelled to perform additional research independently, or identify a resource for a second opinion. Nearly 50% of women with uterine fibroids are not advised about the potential risks and complications of fibroid surgery, and many of them are not advised at all about the low-risk options of non-surgical solutions, like SPRMs.
That leaves many uterine fibroid sufferers in a half-educated, frustrated and potentially even angry state.
Some have turned to alternative (non-Western medicine) based fibroid treatment options, as they are disenchanted with the healthcare establishment and their dismissiveness. In fact, 62% of women with uterine fibroids are dissatisfied with the information they received about treatment options, and 40% needed more than 10 appointments from their general practitioner before they were referred to a specialist. Is turning to alternative treatments, like diets infused with red raspberry leaf and ginger root, acupuncture and massage, a pragmatic solution?
Unfortunately, while eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly can help and is a best practice for everyone, without the advice of a licensed medical practitioner, you may remain uninformed, or even led to believe that scientifically unproven solutions will trigger recovery.
What to Ask and How to Ask
You are your best advocate. Trust your gut: if you feel you have insufficient information, don’t be shy and ask for it.
It is critical to become thoroughly educated about your condition, your options, and both the short and long term side effects of any fibroid treatment you select.
If you are unsure of the quality of the service you are receiving by your doctor, there is no harm in asking for a second expert opinion. Find the right doctor
1. Check inside your community for referrals. You can ask your GP, local patient advocacy groups, and friends.
2. Select a physician who meets your health needs.
You are seeking a practitioner who is experienced and knowledgeable about the treatment of uterine fibroids. Ensure that you are consulting with a medical professional who has the expertise you require. When you visit an office gynecologist or even a surgical one, he or she should be able to speak about all available treatment options for your specific case.
3. Do your homework.
Thanks to today’s technology, you can perform quick and easy research about any provider you’re considering, to become better informed about specialties and areas of expertise. Part of your homework is helping the doctor in the diagnosis by making a list of all your symptoms, health history and your health plans (are you attempting to conceive?) That way, the doctor can produce a full picture of your health and advise you accordingly.
Empower Yourself with Knowledge
It’s true: traditional healthcare has disappointed many women. But you don’t have to be one of them. There are doctors out there who will take the time and provide the attention and dedication necessary to ensure you are properly informed about your choices. Instead of opting for alternative methods, stick to licensed medical professionals who specialize in uterine fibroid treatment.