FAQ - Uterine Diseases
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How can a woman be tested for ovarian or uterine cancer?


I'm getting really scared I might have either of these diseases! I don't want to lose my fertility!
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The easiest way to get tested is by blood tests. A CA-125 will test for Ovarian Cancer and a Pap Smear should pick up any signs for Uterine Cancer.

Don't be scared. The chances of you loosing fertility are very rare. I have Ovarian Cancer (stage 2) and the only reason I lost my fertility is because of too much chemo and radiation. The only way you can loose your fertility is if you have both ovaries removed or have more than two doses of chemo and radiation.

Is there any reason why you are worried about having cancer? Family History, Symptoms, etc?  (+ info)

Do women die from uterine cancer?


I was wandering if women who have uterine or cervix cancer will eventually die from this diseases or they can control it and live as a normal person? I need some clear info about this , I would be glad if you can help or suggest any website about this. Thansk.
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Uterine cancer usually occurs after menopause. Being obese and taking estrogen-alone hormone replacement therapy also increase your risk. Treatment varies depending on your overall health, how advanced the cancer is and whether hormones affect its growth. Treatment is usually a hysterectomy, which is surgery to remove the uterus. Other options include hormone therapy and radiation. And yes you can die from this type of cancer, as with any other cancer.  (+ info)

Why did I start having uterine cramps again now that my son is a toddler?


My son is two and recently I have been having uterine cramps like I had right after I had him (like when you're breast feeding and your uterus is shrinking). It's only in the early morning when I am woken up by him crying into the monitor, and it obviously has no relation to my period because it happens almost every morning now. Is this weird?
I don't think I could be pregnant. I have an IUD.
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Could you be pregnant?

Perhaps his crying is a trigger for your body to react that way. Maybe speak with your doctor about it. Good luck!  (+ info)

What are the chances of a uterine rupture?


I will be almost 3 years since my last c-section. (34 months to be exact) My hospital does not have an anesthesiologist available 24-7, so I am considering having another c-section. Does anyone know the chances of having a uterine rupture 34 months after having surgery? I just don't want to undergo surgery if my chances are very slim of having a complications, especially if a VBAC would be safe. My doctor has left the decision up to me. If anyone has had to make this decision, I am interested in why you chose either way.
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If you do have a rupture and the anesthesiologist isn't in-house when it happens, you WILL have a C-section with local anesthesia, and you won't enjoy it.

The hospitals near me don't allow VBAC without a full C-section team in-house.

Why did you have the first C-section? That can influence your risk.

ACOG recommends having personnel for C-section immediately available. Any physician who disregards that advice is playing with fire.  (+ info)

How can you get rid of Uterine Fibroids without having surgery?


I have a uterine fibroid that's 8cm in diameter, about the size of an orange. Anyway, what other ways besides surgery can I get rid of it?
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There is nothing you can do naturally. My MIL has one the size of a grapefruit and she's one of those herbal loving people who is convinved herbs/natural remedies can cure all. So she set out on taking a bunch of weird crap like tree bark and pussywillow fluff...( LOL I don't know the exact names but this is good enough) and told herself it would shrink her fibroid. Well,....it didn't. It's now even larger than before and she risks rupturing her uterus because she won't get it treated by a medical doctor. Please don't follow her steps. These can be really dangerous if you leave them untreated.  (+ info)

What are the chances of dying in uterine surgery?


Well my mom is getting surgery for uterine cancer. The doctors said that the cancer hasn't fully formed yet, but her cells are starting to get cancerous or something like that. But I wanna know what the chances are of dying in surgeries in vaginal areas. Thank you.
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How can you tell the difference between menstrual clotting and uterine lining tissue?


When a woman gets her period, how can we be sure if it's clotting or uterine lining? I've read that it's pretty much the same thing. The reason I ask is because recently had to take Plan B for an emergency on May 18th; I got my period on June 2nd till June 7th; I did have clotting (sorry TMI!!) and I took a prego test yesterday morn tha's came back nego. The reason for concern about being prego is I'm having some light cramping, I broke out, it feels as if I'm ready to have another period, but I just had the one. Doc told me it's prob just side effects of Plan B, which is why I'm concerned. When I asked him he couldn't really tell me how I was supposed to tell the diff other than to look at it (too late now obviously) but I figured if I'm having that much clotting that it's prob tissue.

Any answers / info would be much appreciated!!
Thank you for your answers so far! I'm having a lot of PMS symptoms right now; bloating, acne, lots of abdominal pain and cramping. It feels like my period is about to start; normally when I ovulate I have some pain but not this much. I'm gathering as you mentioned it's side effects from Plan B.

As in clotting and tissue, I meant is there any real way to tell which is which? I've heard clotting is possible in pregnancy, but the actual tissue (uterine lining) of course isn't there when pregnant.

Thanks again. :)
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Well, a period is the shedding of the uterine lining so I'm not sure what you mean by a difference. Now if you mean the difference between the normal bleeding of a period and what you might find say with a miscarriage you would have actual clots that you would have no difficulty recognizing as such. If you did plan B as you say you wouldn't have had time to develop a pregnancy and therefore wouldn't have any miscarriage material just a normal period. It may take a couple months for you hormones to to return to normal after taking that pill so be patient and see how things look in 2 to 3 months.  (+ info)

What ia an Umbilical Wall and Uterine Wall?and what does it have to do with a Amniocetesis?


Im writing a paper on describing the step by step process of an Amniocetesis and I cant find the definition for an Umbilical wall and Uterine wall and what a Bilirubin does.If anyone knows how or what they are please let me know in this type of procedure.
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This link will show you the steps to performing an amnio:

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/presentations/100192_1.htm

Uterine wall is the wall of the uterus (where the fetus grows). This wall is punctured with a needle in order to obtain the amniotic fluid.
Bilirubin is a byproduct of hemoglobin. Elevated levels indicate a liver or gallbladder problem. I'm not sure how this is connected with an amnio.

Info on bilirubin:
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003479.htm  (+ info)

When is a good time to start drinking Raspberry leaf tea as a uterine tonic during pregnancy?


Hi there,

I was recently given some raspberry leaf tea as a gift. I understand that it is used as a uterine tonic during pregnancy and thus eases labor to some extent. However, I think there's a time frame in which you're supposed to begin drinking it that I'm unaware of. Does any one know?
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It is advisable to wait until the 32nd week of pregnancy before trying raspberry leaf tea as there is a concern that consumption before this time in the more fragile, earlier stages of pregnancy could lead to problems. Once you have reached the 32nd week of your pregnancy you could begin with one cup of raspberry leaf tea a day and gradually increase up to 4 cups or tables a day (although this may vary in accordance with the strength of the blend and the manufacturers instructions).
Raspberry leaf tea does not induce labour but does contain the alkaloid 'fragine' which is said to strengthen and tone the muscles of the uterus, helping them to contract more efficiently during labour. Research has found that taking raspberry leaf during the weeks prior to delivery helps to shorten the second stage of labour by making contractions more effective. Some studies have also found that it reduces the need for an assisted delivery (i.e. an emergency cesarean or use of forceps or ventouse).

Sipping raspberry leaf tea during and after the birth is also said to help the uterus contract back down to size, reduce after birth bleeding and help initiate the let down of breastmilk.  (+ info)

What might have happened to cause my uterine infection?


A uterine infection ultimately caused the premature birth of my daughter 2.5 years ago, however to this day, doctors don't know exactly what kind of an infection it was, or what might have caused it.

Has anyone here had something similar happen to them? What caused your infection? Were you able to treat it?
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They're common during pregnancy, I don't know what causes them though.

I hate a UTI when I was pregnant, and I went 2 weeks overdue.
They did give me some anti biotics, but they didn't do anything. A week or so after I gave birth it cleared up on it's own. I think it was something to do with pregnancy...

They can be treated though  (+ info)

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