Remember my initial post about relaxers and fibroids? In case not, here’s a recap: fibroids are benign tumors that (generally) develop in the wall of the uterus. After learning I have several fibroids, I quickly hit up the internet to research causes and remedies. I came across many articles that linked hair relaxers and fibroids. The articles showed correlation but not causation. Therefore, many healthy hair and relaxed hair advocates argue correlation is not enough evidence to prove hair relaxers are really the problem. However, given my family history and my five year struggle with a precancerous condition, I’m unwilling to take senseless chances.
Hair Relaxers and Fibroids
After I shared my concerns about relaxers and fibroids, many of you reached out to me publicly and privately to share your thoughts and experiences. I greatly appreciate(d) all of the input, support and prayers. I continued my research about relaxers and fibroids but found no evidence that was conclusive although I found information that was convincing. I spoke to several doctors, specialists and holistic experts and views were mixed. However, all agreed that exposing ourselves to less chemicals as possible is wisest (but of course). Therefore, I made the decision to go natural for many reasons but my health was definitely one.
Current Fibroids Status
May was check-up month to see if the fibroids are growing, shrinking or staying the same. Unfortunately, the largest fibroid grew an additional 2.5 centimeters since my last check-up 10 months ago. At the start of this, the largest fibroid was the size of an orange. While they gave no reference this time around, I assume it’s now the size of a large orange or small grapefruit. Although the doctor considered the fibroid slow-growing, he is not taking any chances. I have to repeat my follow-up exam in 4 months. He also encouraged me to make a decision before the fibroids create major issues – pain, discomfort, heavy menstrual cycles, anemia, etc.
There are several removal options available as I shared in an updated post titled, dealing with fibroids. However, the only one that comes with no recurrence of fibroids is hysterectomy. For most women, fibroids are benign but the risk of them becoming uterine cancer increases as we age. Therefore, I choose hysterectomy given my family history and my medical past. The question then becomes when. Mentally, I’m not yet ready but I will keep you posted once I decide on a date.
Got Me in a Weird Head Space
For as long as I can remember, kids were never on our to-do list. We never intended to have kids so we put up many roadblocks to keep it from happening. However, if God intervened and seen fit for us to be parents, we would be (have been) so cool with that. But, had you asked, are you having kids, our auto-response was set to no.
Now that my uterus is up for grabs, I am in a weird head space and I don’t even know why. I promise you, prior to knowing I had fibroids, we knew where we were headed. I suppose having my uterus snatched and my right taken away just has me weirded out. Thankfully though, my husband is very supportive and has assured and reassured that my health is the only thing he’s concerned with. Period. The end. Hearing that and knowing that helps but I still have to work through this funk.
Go Get Checked!
As I said before, let my situation be your warning to stay on top of your annual exams. Just remember, medical problems are not always painful. If we’re lucky, we will get a warning sign but that’s not always the case. If you recall, aside from excessive bloating and looking like I was 9 months pregnant with twins, I had no other warning signs or symptoms. Therefore, if you sense something is not right, please get checked! Don’t wait for something to ache or hurt before visiting your doctor.