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FIBROID SUPPORT GROUPS

We understand how isolating having fibroids can feel. It can seem like we’re the only ones dealing with these horrible symptoms, we’re uncomfortable talking with our friends or family about it, and we get embarrassed by the symptoms they cause. But we don’t have to feel that way, because we are not alone. Millions of women in the US deal with fibroid symptoms every single day. And there’s tons of great support groups and resources for women just like yourself to talk to, ask questions, and vent with. Community is so important, go forth and find yours! The below groups and organizations are not affiliated with Acessa Health.

Acessa Patient Support Group

The Acessa Patient Support Group is for women who have gotten the procedure or plan to get the procedure to ask questions and show each other support.

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The White Dress Project

The mission of the White Dress Project is to galvanize support and promote global awareness of the fibroid epidemic.

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CARE About Fibroids

The mission of CARE About Fibroids is to mobilize a broad spectrum of women’s health advocates to build greater awareness of uterine fibroids.

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The Fibroid Foundation

The Fibroid Foundation is a patient-founded advocacy organization supporting the global sisterhood of women diagnosed with uterine fibroids.

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Uterine Fibroids: Removal Support Group

The Uterine Fibroids: Removal Support Group is for women with fibroids sharing their experience with fibroids, their symptoms, and the different treatment options they are considering.

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Uterine Fibroid Support and Resource Group

This is a support and resource group for all women to learn about the symptoms, possible causes and treatments for-and to share their experiences with-uterine fibroids.

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Hystersisters

A “social advocacy” health education website dedicated to medical and emotional issues surrounding the hysterectomy experience and gynecologic related conditions and illnesses, supporting women from diagnosis, to treatment, to recovery.

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Welcome to Our Blog

Acessa Health | June 2, 2020

With a heavy heart, I write this letter. The violence erupting in our communities these last several days is symptomatic of a broader issue in our culture.  Our society continues […]

Acessa Health | March 31, 2020

Okay – so assuming you live on Earth, you know what’s happening in the world right now. Restaurants are closed, sports are suspended, stores are empty, and people across the […]

Amber Berman | May 26, 2020

Re-introducing Acessa Health – We are more than our (new) good looks Hi, we are Acessa, and we would like to reintroduce ourselves. Here are the basics: We are on […]

Acessa Health | February 9, 2016

Fibroids, also known as leiomyomas, are estrogen-dependent. As a result, they typically grow and present symptoms during a woman’s reproductive years, when the ovaries are active. Once the ovaries stop […]

Quad Webb | October 29, 2019

Hi, Quad here. You might recognize me from Bravo’s Married 2 Medicine or Sister Circle, but today I’m here to share my journey with uterine fibroids and the lessons I […]

Acessa Health | April 1, 2020

Indications for use: The Acessa ProVu System is indicated for use in percutaneous, laparoscopic coagulation and ablation of soft tissue, including treatment of symptomatic uterine fibroids under laparoscopic ultrasound guidance.3 […]

Acessa Health | December 20, 2019

At the 2019 AAGL (American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists) Global Congress on MIGS (Minimally Invasive Gynecological Surgery) a new patient information sheet was released on the Acessa Procedure, also known as Laparoscopic Radiofrequency Ablation. […]

Acessa Health | August 16, 2019

It’s widely accepted that women across the world associate their period with pain. Unfortunately, it is normal for women to suffer through their monthly menstrual cycles for years before learning […]

Acessa Health | June 20, 2019

Nearly 70% of premenopausal women will develop from uterine fibroids at some point in their lives.1 We know that over 6.5 million women in the US have a diagnosis for uterine […]

Acessa Health | May 13, 2019

Every year, nearly 6.3 million women have a diagnosis for uterine fibroids, which are non-cancerous growths of the uterus.1 Women who do have uterine fibroids (also called leiomyomas or myomas) often […]

Acessa Health | November 20, 2015

Among the hysterectomy alternatives available to women with fibroids is the high intensity focused ultrasound approach (HIFU), more specifically identified as Magnetic Resonance Guided Focused Ultrasound (MRgFUS). MRgFUS is a thermoablative technique […]

Acessa Health | November 5, 2015

Fibroids are the most common type of pelvic tumor among women of reproductive age. Despite their prevalence, however, fibroids are widely misunderstood. A number of popular misconceptions, in particular, create […]

Acessa Health | September 21, 2015

More than a decade ago, researchers identified a connection between a meat-heavy diet (specifically, the consumption of ham and beef) and uterine fibroids. The same study, published in the medical […]

Acessa Health | August 24, 2015

If you’ve done a little homework on fibroid treatments or discussed treatment options with your gynecologist, you may have encountered the term “GnRH agonist.” Here’s what it is: GnRH stands […]

Acessa Health | July 6, 2015

The term “ablation” refers to a process by which tissue is destroyed, typically using either heat (thermal ablation) or cold (cryoablation). Ablative technologies are used to treat numerous medical conditions, […]

Acessa Health | May 8, 2015

Fibroids hurt, but the pain isn’t just physical. The psychological toll that comes with symptomatic fibroids is profound. In a 2014 study on the emotional impact of fibroids, researchers at […]

Acessa Health | April 21, 2015

Uterine fibroids, benign pelvic tumors that are also known as leiomyomas, are a nightmare for more than just the millions of women who endure the condition’s symptoms: the U.S. healthcare […]

Acessa Health | March 18, 2015

Over the years, researchers have examined the epidemiological connection between a wide variety of patient characteristics and the occurrence of uterine fibroids, seeking to identify risk factors. Age, weight, diet, […]

Acessa Health | March 3, 2015

Ah, periods: one of the great joys of being a woman, right? (I’m kidding, obviously.) Bleeding for several days out of every month is generally inconvenient, often messy, and not […]

Acessa Health | December 23, 2014

For women who struggle with symptoms of uterine fibroids—pelvic pain, heavy menstrual bleeding, painful periods, and/or frequent urination— a variety of surgical treatments offer potential relief. Of course, virtually any […]

Acessa Health | September 21, 2014

Once removed or destroyed, a fibroid does not grow back, though new fibroids may develop. A study by Hanafi provides deeper insight into the role the number fibroids plays in […]

Acessa Health | April 1, 2014

Pros One of the main pros of having a hysterectomy is relief from cancer. For a woman with cancer in her reproductive system, removing the affected organs can stop cancer […]

Acessa Health | March 18, 2014

1. Minimally invasive Fibroids can be removed through a form of minimally invasive, laparoscopic outpatient surgery that uses radiofrequency ablation. Laparoscopic surgery is often called “band aid surgery” because it […]

Acessa Health | February 4, 2014

The word ‘tumor’ evokes feelings of fear largely because it is commonly associated with cancer. However, the majority of tumors are benign and unlikely to spread by metastases. This does […]

Acessa Health | January 16, 2014

Managing Fibroid Pain: Your Options for Pain Relief and Treatment Uterine fibroids, also known as myomas, fibromyomas and leiomyomas, are small growths that occur in and on the muscle tissue […]

Acessa Health | June 18, 2013

As with any medical procedure, not knowing what to expect, you may have questions and concerns. If you are considering having your surgeon treat you with the Acessa System, please […]

Acessa Health | April 16, 2013

Fibroids are the most common type of pelvic growth, affecting up to 30 percent of women at some time in their lives. As fibroids grow differently in every woman, treatments […]

Acessa Health | January 24, 2013

The Acessa System uses ultrasound-guided radiofrequency volumetric thermal ablation, which has been used in many other medical specialties such as cardiovascular surgery, orthopedics, general surgery, and neurosurgery because of the […]

Quad Webb Bravo Star – Journey with Fibroids and the Acessa Procedure

Quad Webb | October 29, 2019

Quad Webb shares her personal experience with uterine fibroids, and how she chose the Acessa procedure.

AAGL Patient Info Sheet of LapRFA for Fibroids – (Acessa)

Acessa Health | December 20, 2019

AAGL Global Congress on MIGS review of LapRFA.

Signs and Symptoms of Uterine Fibroids

Acessa Health | May 13, 2019

Although many women with uterine fibroids don't experience symptoms, those that do often find they are painful and uncomfortable.

Endometrial Ablation vs. Radiofrequency Ablation: What’s The Difference?

Acessa Health | July 6, 2015

Radiofrequency ablation with Acessa is an effective method for treating only the uterine fibroids without harming the rest of the uterus, whereas endometrial ablation effectively controls abnormal vaginal bleeding by directly ablating the lining of the uterus.

How Fibroids Leave Their Mark: Fibroid Removal and Scarring Risk

Acessa Health | December 23, 2014

Gone for Good? The Real Risk of Recurrence Following Fibroid Removal

Acessa Health | September 21, 2014

Understand the risk of fibroid recurrence after one treatment versus another.

4 Benefits of an outpatient fibroid treatment

Acessa Health | March 18, 2014

Four benefits of the minimally invasive outpatient uterine fibroid treatment, the Acessa procedure.

Fibroid Pain | Options for Uterine Fibroid Pain Relief

Acessa Health | January 16, 2014

It's important to know your treatment options when searching for relief to painful fibroid symptoms.

An Acessa Patient Experience

Acessa Health | June 18, 2013

Fibroid Treatment – Garza Leal et al. Study

Acessa Health | January 24, 2013

A study conducted by Dr. Jose Garza on the use of radio-frequency ablation for uterine fibroids, the Acessa procedure, examining the re-intervention rate and significant symptom improvement.

Quad Webb Bravo Star – Journey with Fibroids and the Acessa Procedure

Quad Webb | October 29, 2019

Quad Webb shares her personal experience with uterine fibroids, and how she chose the Acessa procedure.

An Acessa Patient Experience

Acessa Health | June 18, 2013

Fibroids After 50 (Why They Don’t Always Disappear)

Acessa Health | February 9, 2016

Fibroids, also known as leiomyomas, are estrogen-dependent. As a
result, they typically grow and present symptoms during a woman’s reproductive
years, when the ovaries are active.

Six Signs You Might Have Fibroids

Acessa Health | August 16, 2019

Many women suffer from uterine fibroids without realizing they have them. Here are six signs and symptoms of fibroids to help you determine if you might be suffering from fibroids. 

Treating Fibroids & Alternatives to Invasive Surgeries

Acessa Health | June 20, 2019

Know your options for treating uterine fibroids.

Signs and Symptoms of Uterine Fibroids

Acessa Health | May 13, 2019

Although many women with uterine fibroids don't experience symptoms, those that do often find they are painful and uncomfortable.

The 5 Biggest Myths Surrounding Uterine Fibroids

Acessa Health | November 5, 2015

Despite uterine fibroids being very common among women, there are many myths and misconceptions about these benign tumors.

The Fibroids – Diet Connection

Acessa Health | September 21, 2015

How does diet impact your uterine fibroid symptoms, and will it help if you change your diet?

What Is A GnRH Agonist?

Acessa Health | August 24, 2015

Gonadotrophin Releasing Hormone and it's use for treating uterine fibroids.

Fibroids & Their Psychological Toll

Acessa Health | May 8, 2015

It's common for women to have a significant emotional response to their fibroid symptoms.

Why Fibroids Are Everyone’s Problem

Acessa Health | April 21, 2015

Fibroids aren't just an issue for the millions of women who suffer with their symptoms. Fibroids should be considered a public health issue, given the magnitude of the problem and costs of health care for this disease.

Fibroids Are Not Color Blind

Acessa Health | March 18, 2015

For many years researchers have been seeking to identify risk factors of Uterine Fibroids. Age, weight, diet, geographic location, lifestyle factors, medical conditions, and history of childbirth have all been studied, and many have been correlated with fibroids in one way or another. One characteristic has stood out as a major indicator of fibroid risk: race. And the conclusion that researchers have consistently reached is this: uterine fibroids disproportionately affect women of color.

Quarantining with Fibroid Symptoms

Acessa Health | March 31, 2020

We know dealing with fibroid symptoms is tough even when you’re not in quarantine. That’s why we’re talking about how to manage them when you’re stuck inside.

Fibroids After 50 (Why They Don’t Always Disappear)

Acessa Health | February 9, 2016

Fibroids, also known as leiomyomas, are estrogen-dependent. As a
result, they typically grow and present symptoms during a woman’s reproductive
years, when the ovaries are active.

Quad Webb Bravo Star – Journey with Fibroids and the Acessa Procedure

Quad Webb | October 29, 2019

Quad Webb shares her personal experience with uterine fibroids, and how she chose the Acessa procedure.

Six Signs You Might Have Fibroids

Acessa Health | August 16, 2019

Many women suffer from uterine fibroids without realizing they have them. Here are six signs and symptoms of fibroids to help you determine if you might be suffering from fibroids. 

The 5 Biggest Myths Surrounding Uterine Fibroids

Acessa Health | November 5, 2015

Despite uterine fibroids being very common among women, there are many myths and misconceptions about these benign tumors.

The Fibroids – Diet Connection

Acessa Health | September 21, 2015

How does diet impact your uterine fibroid symptoms, and will it help if you change your diet?

Fibroids & Their Psychological Toll

Acessa Health | May 8, 2015

It's common for women to have a significant emotional response to their fibroid symptoms.

Why Fibroids Are Everyone’s Problem

Acessa Health | April 21, 2015

Fibroids aren't just an issue for the millions of women who suffer with their symptoms. Fibroids should be considered a public health issue, given the magnitude of the problem and costs of health care for this disease.

Fibroids Are Not Color Blind

Acessa Health | March 18, 2015

For many years researchers have been seeking to identify risk factors of Uterine Fibroids. Age, weight, diet, geographic location, lifestyle factors, medical conditions, and history of childbirth have all been studied, and many have been correlated with fibroids in one way or another. One characteristic has stood out as a major indicator of fibroid risk: race. And the conclusion that researchers have consistently reached is this: uterine fibroids disproportionately affect women of color.

Could Fibroids be Responsible for my Heavy Bleeding?

Acessa Health | March 3, 2015

Consistent heavy bleeding during periods can be an indicator of fibroids, but not all periods are created equal. We have listed some facts to help you determine if your periods are abnormal.

AAGL Patient Info Sheet of LapRFA for Fibroids – (Acessa)

Acessa Health | December 20, 2019

AAGL Global Congress on MIGS review of LapRFA.

Treating Fibroids & Alternatives to Invasive Surgeries

Acessa Health | June 20, 2019

Know your options for treating uterine fibroids.

Signs and Symptoms of Uterine Fibroids

Acessa Health | May 13, 2019

Although many women with uterine fibroids don't experience symptoms, those that do often find they are painful and uncomfortable.

Fibroid Treatments Demystified, Part III: Focused Ultrasound

Acessa Health | November 20, 2015

MRgFUS is a thermoablative technique that destroys uterine fibroids by focusing a high-intensity beam of ultrasound energy on specific tissue.

What Is A GnRH Agonist?

Acessa Health | August 24, 2015

Gonadotrophin Releasing Hormone and it's use for treating uterine fibroids.

Endometrial Ablation vs. Radiofrequency Ablation: What’s The Difference?

Acessa Health | July 6, 2015

Radiofrequency ablation with Acessa is an effective method for treating only the uterine fibroids without harming the rest of the uterus, whereas endometrial ablation effectively controls abnormal vaginal bleeding by directly ablating the lining of the uterus.

Gone for Good? The Real Risk of Recurrence Following Fibroid Removal

Acessa Health | September 21, 2014

Understand the risk of fibroid recurrence after one treatment versus another.

Clinical Pros & Cons of a Hysterectomy

Acessa Health | April 1, 2014

There are pros and cons to all surgical procedures. We talk about the advantages and disadvantages of a hysterectomy.

4 Benefits of an outpatient fibroid treatment

Acessa Health | March 18, 2014

Four benefits of the minimally invasive outpatient uterine fibroid treatment, the Acessa procedure.

Fibroid Pain | Options for Uterine Fibroid Pain Relief

Acessa Health | January 16, 2014

It's important to know your treatment options when searching for relief to painful fibroid symptoms.

Black Lives Matter

Acessa Health | June 2, 2020

With a heavy heart, I write this letter. The violence erupting in our communities these last several days is symptomatic of a broader issue in our culture.  Our society continues to fail to treat each member with the dignity and equality that we would expect for ourselves and our loved ones.

We strongly believe Black Lives Matter, and that belief is core to who we are at Acessa Health and what we wake up to do every day.

Meet Acessa Health: Making Women’s Health Healthy

Amber Berman | May 26, 2020

Indications For Use, Contraindications, and Warnings

Acessa Health | April 1, 2020