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The reality star says she began experiencing pain in her back and abdomen, frequent urination, heavy bleeding, elongated periods, and also gained weight. She saw her doctor and learned she had fibroids and was told she might need to have surgery.
"I was freaked out," she says of learning a major surgery might be in her future.
Quad had symptoms for nearly a year before being diagnosed. "Life is just so busy, and often as women, we just keep going. We go with the flow. I allowed myself to basically neglect myself," Quad tells The Doctors, explaining she had 7 fibroids, and 2 of them were larger than grapefruits, and 1 was sitting on her bladder.
Unfortunately, OB/GYN Dr. Nita Landry says ignoring a health concern -- like fibroids -- is common for many women. Dr. Nita explains that fibroids are noncancerous growths that develop on the muscle of the uterus. She notes they are very common and for women who have associated symptoms, the fibroids need to be treated. Dr. Nita notes there are many different treatment options available for fibroids.
When deciding on which treatment option was best for her, Quad says she was concerned about undergoing a myomectomy (the surgical removal of the fibroid), due to how it can affect a woman's ability to naturally deliver a baby. She opted for the Acessa Procedure, which is a radiofrequency ablation procedure. Dr. Nita says this option involves heating up the fibroid with an electrode, which destroys it and then the body safely absorbs the tissue over time.
Dr. Nita says other options for treating fibroids include:
- Hormonal birth control
- Progesterone-containing IUD
- Uterine artery embolization
- Surgical removal, as known as a myomectomy
"As a woman, you have a right to know your options and you have a right to know which option is best for you," Dr. Nita stresses.
"I feel great. I feel so good," Quad says when asked how she's feeling after treating her fibroids, adding, "When you are neglecting to listen to your body, you are neglecting yourself and I don't want people to do that... don't neglect your body, we only get one."