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by Team Fresku / Health & Self February 23, 2018

I have been struggling with Uterine Fibroids

Gianina Atalita shares her story on her struggle and journey with Uterine Fibroids  to encourage women to get tested regularly”

Those who know me, tend know I don’t share a lot of personal stuff on social media. Yet I felt the need to share this journey with family and friends, since it’s a topic that’s not widely covered. Over the past year, I have been struggling with Uterine Fibroids. Back in December 2016, my doctor detected a large fibroid above my uturus, about 7 to 8 cm wide. Equivalent to the size of a baseball. This little (or big) bugger was the cause of really heavy menstrual flows, with cloths for 4 consecutive months. Causing my body to become anemic, due to the loss of iron. It affected my wellbeing in such a way, that I started seeking medical help, first in Miami, a second opinion at home in Curaçao, with finally a third in Venezuela. The Miami doctors didn’t quite have a solution to stop the heavy bleeding, and wanted to provide me medication that would essentially put my body through menapause. For a 30 year old, still hopping to bear kids someday, I wasn’t convinced this could be my only option.

In Curaçao  I got to see my old gynecologist, who then placed me on some European medication that would thankfully stop the menstrual flow…However it was also supposed to aid with the shrinking of the fibroid over the course of 3 months. This unfortunately did not happen, and I was placed on another 3 months of meds to try it out. Although I was feeling way better, it still wasn’t a solution.

For my third opinion, I chose to speak to a family doctor in Venezuela despite the current economic situation and President Maduro shutting off ther borders between the country and Curaçao, I actually felt the most conforable with their explanations and procedures offered.
Earlier this week, I was safely able to travel to Caracas, Venezuela and had my fibroid removal surgery done on Wendesday February 21, 2018.While getting the procedure done, my wonderful team of doctors were able to take out the monstrous fibroid, but also extracted 2 additional smaller ones as well as a polyp from my uterus.


1. Uterine Fibroids Are Super-Common
Also known as leiomyomas or myomas, these are the most common uterine tumors. One study found that between 70% to 80% of all women will get them by the age of 50. You’re most likely to see them in your 40s and early 50s.

2. Fibroids Aren’t Cancer
Fibroids are benign, non-cancerous tumors—but uterine fibroids can have similar symptoms to a rare form of cancer called uterine sarcoma. Unfortunately, scientists don’t have a reliable way to detect sarcoma—except when they are doing surgery to remove fibroids. If you’ve got fibroids, you’ll want to discuss the risk of uterine sarcoma with your doc.

3. African-American Women Are More Likely to Get Fibroids
They’re two to three times more likely, in fact. These fibroids also typically develop at a younger age, grow larger, and cause more severe symptoms. You may also have an increased risk of fibroids if you have never been pregnant.

The Most Common Symptom Is a Heavy Menstrual Flow. Like, really heavy—maybe even with blood clots. Fibroids can also cause bleeding between periods, the need to pee, pelvic cramping and a bloated abdomen. Scientists Still Don’t Know What Causes Them. “The precise cause of the mutations that cause fibroids is unsettled, despite their very high prevalence and clinical impact,” says Pizarro. Current research leans towards the impact of hormones such as estrogen and progesterone, since tumors rarely

After seeing the monstrosity that came out, I am happy I chose to do this procedure and feel the need to encourage women to get tested regularly.While uterine fibroids aren’t standard info covered in Women’s Bodies 101, they should be: Up to 80% of all women are likely to get them in their lifetime.


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