The Healthy Uterus
A normal uterus is the shape and size of an upside down pear, approximately three to four inches wide and two to three inches in height. The top of uterus is called the fundus, from which the fallopian tubes extend out on either side, with an ovary near the end of each fallopian tube. Below the fundus is the body of the uterus which is made up of two layers of tissue: the endometrium in the inside lining of the uterus; and the myometrium is the muscular wall of the uterus. The cervix is immediately below the body of the uterus and contains the cervical canal, which passes into the vagina. All of the components joined together to make up the uterus.
The ovaries and certain areas of the brain control center for a woman's hormonal cycle. Hormones are produced within the brain which control a female entire reproductive cycle. These hormones also affect the level of estrogen produced within the ovaries as well as the monthly growth of the endometrium. Estrogen released in ovaries regulates the release of eggs during ovulation, which also affects the uterus and the vagina, and ultimately, the growth of uterine fibroid tumor(s). As women approach their mid-40's, the level of these hormones can become unbalanced, leading to symptoms such as a hot flashes, fatigue, mood swings, abnormal eating patterns and insomnia, which normally occur during the beginning of menopause. Fluctuations of these hormones occur less frequently as a woman approaches full menopause. It is very good to know your body by now, for example if you experience a vast amount of headaches for no particular reason it may be a good idea to visit an OB/GYN or your personal care physician.
Because of the delicate balance of the hormones that are released by the ovaries and the brain, it is necessary to understand the importance of the role the ovaries and the uterus play in the maintaining a woman’s monthly cycle. It is also important to understand what happens if the uterus and ovaries are suddenly removed to treat the symptoms of such uterine fibroids. If a woman with symptoms of uterine fibroids is treated with a full hysterectomy (where the ovaries and the uterus are totally removed), this delicate balance may be disrupted, which may cause other symptoms, such as hot-flashes, depression, mood swings, abnormal eating patterns, excessive fatigue, insomnia and osteoporosis. Although some patients do maintain their ovaries, there may be other side affects with the removal of the uterus, such as urinary incontinence, sexual dysfunction, excessive fatigues and adhesions (a piece of tissue that has grown around a small injury or disease area).
The Wellness Uterus Conference
The Wellness Uterus Conference is designed to offer women the necessary information to consider before making a decision for hysterectomy, be educated on the advance women health care and total body wellness.
The first you must understand is you are not alone. Approximately 1 out of every 10 women between the ages of 18 and 55 has similar types of challenges. Usually, these types of problems are treatable, which can alleviate some of the abnormal discomfort and symptoms. Most women who have had treatment alternative to hysterectomy are satisfied with the results and are glad to be free from pain, pressure, excessive bleeding and any other unpleasant symptoms.
We encourage you to do your research. Know your options. Know your body. Keep the stress in your life to a minimum. At “The Wellness Uterus Conference” you can expect participating vendors and agencies to come prepared to provide hands-on teaching activities right from their booth. Provide informative literature women can take with them teaching at least one major important subject of their business.