Girl Talk Tuesday: Let’s Talk about Fibroids
Thank you to AbbVie for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Welcome back to Girl Talk Tuesday. This is your comfy space. A place where you can kick up your heels, grab a cup of coffee and read and chat about anything that we girls may be going through. We can chat about anything from makeup to periods.
Speaking of periods… I consider myself an advocate for women’s health. If you’ve been around awhile, you already know this. I’m a mom who’s been through a c-section, breastfeeding, postpartum depression, post-weaning anxiety, two surgeries and so much more. Chances are, I can probably relate to your health issues in one way or another.
The amount of women who I’ve connected with throughout the years of Hello Gorgeous because of my realness about my health issues has been incredible. I’m so thankful for this platform to spread awareness and for the opportunity to connect with women all across the world about real life issues we deal with. The people I’ve connected with are the reason why I want to continue talking about struggles we women face.
Today, let’s chat about a health topic that I personally have never seen an influencer cover… Uterine Fibroids. Recently, I was diagnosed with a fibroid during an ultrasound.
I saw my OBGYN for a few reasons, one being that I was experiencing bleeding a full three days earlier than normal for my cycle and spotting after my periods. These symptoms have consistently been occurring for me the past several months. My Doctor had me come in for a vaginal ultrasound, she was suspecting that I had another polyp. Turns out it was actually a marble-sized fibroid in my uterus.
In case you’re unfamiliar, fibroids are non-cancerous tumors that can grow in your uterus. They’re most common in women of reproductive age. I’ve learned that up to 70% of Caucasian women and up to 80% of African American women will develop them by age 50. That’s unbelievable to me since so many women know so little about them. 😳
While some uterine fibroids may or may not cause symptoms for some, the most common symptom is heavy menstrual bleeding, which can look like:
- Bleeding that lasts more than 7 days.
- Bleeding that soaks through one or more tampons or pads every hour for several hours in a row.
- Needing to wear more than one pad at a time to control menstrual flow.
- Needing to change pads or tampons during the night.
- Menstrual flow with blood clots that are as big as a quarter or larger.
Basically, it can imitate a lot of the same symptoms you usually associate with an unusually bad period. But if you are diagnosed with fibroids, there IS hope for managing your heavy periods. Oriahnn TM (elagolix, estradiol, and norethindrone acetate capsules; elagolix capsules) is the first FDA-approved non-surgical, oral medication option for the management of heavy menstrual bleeding associated with uterine fibroids in pre-menopausal women. This means there is a prescription oral option to help manage heavy periods due to uterine fibroids. If you or a woman in your life suffers from fibroids, be sure to check out Oriahnn and ask your doctor if it could be a good fit for you.
ORIAHNN should not be taken for more than 24 months. It is not known if ORIAHNN is safe and effective in children under 18 years of age.
ORIAHNN may increase your chances of heart attack, stroke, or blood clots, especially if you are over 35 years of age and smoke, have uncontrolled high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and/or are obese. Stop taking ORIAHNN and talk to a doctor right away if you have symptoms of a heart attack, stroke, or blood clot.
Please see below for Indication and Important Safety Information.
Please see the Full Prescribing Information, including the Medication Guide.
Comment below with the next topic you’d like see on Girl Talk Tuesday.
ORIAHNN™ (elagolix, estradiol, and norethindrone acetate capsules; elagolix capsules) is a prescription medicine used to control heavy menstrual bleeding related to uterine fibroids in women before menopause. It should not be taken for more than 24 months. It is not known if ORIAHNN is safe and effective in children under 18 years of age.
Important Safety Information
What is the most important information I should know about ORIAHNN?
ORIAHNN may cause serious side effects, including:
- Cardiovascular Conditions
- ORIAHNN may increase your chances of heart attack, stroke, or blood clots, especially if you are over 35 years of age and smoke, have uncontrolled high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or are obese. Stop taking ORIAHNN and call your healthcare provider right away or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away if you have:
- Leg pain or swelling that will not go away
- Sudden shortness of breath
- Double vision, bulging of the eyes, or sudden blindness (partial or complete)
- Pain or pressure in your chest, arm, or jaw
- Sudden, severe headache unlike your usual headaches
- Weakness or numbness in an arm or leg, or trouble speaking
- Bone Loss (Decreased Bone Mineral Density [BMD])
- While taking ORIAHNN, your estrogen levels may be low. Low estrogen levels can lead to BMD loss.
- If you have bone loss on ORIAHNN, your BMD may improve after you stop taking ORIAHNN, but complete recovery may not occur. It is unknown if these BMD changes could increase your risk for broken bones as you age. For this reason, you should not take ORIAHNN for more than 24 months.
- Your healthcare provider may order an X-ray test called a DXA scan to check your bone mineral density when you start taking ORIAHNN and periodically after you start.
- Your doctor may advise you to take vitamin D and calcium supplements as part of a healthy lifestyle.
- Effects on Pregnancy
- Do not take ORIAHNN if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, as it may increase the risk of early pregnancy loss.
- If you think you may be pregnant, stop taking ORIAHNN right away and call your HCP.
- ORIAHNN can decrease your menstrual bleeding or result in no menstrual bleeding at all, making it hard to know if you are pregnant. Watch for other pregnancy signs like breast tenderness, weight gain, and nausea.
- ORIAHNN does not prevent pregnancy. You will need to use effective methods of birth control while taking ORIAHNN and for 1 week after you stop taking ORIAHNN. Examples of effective methods can include condoms or spermicide, which do not contain hormones.
- Talk to your HCP about which birth control to use during treatment with ORIAHNN. Your HCP may change the birth control you are on before you start taking ORIAHNN.
Do not take ORIAHNN if you:
- Have or have had:
- A stroke or heart attack
- A problem that makes your blood clot more than normal
- Blood circulation disorder
- Certain heart valve problems or heart rhythm abnormalities that can cause blood clots to form in the heart
- Blood clots in your legs (deep vein thrombosis), lungs (pulmonary embolism), or eyes (retinal thrombosis)
- High blood pressure not well controlled by medicine
- Diabetes with kidney, eye, nerve, or blood vessel damage
- Certain kinds of headaches with numbness, weakness, or changes in vision, or have migraine headaches with aura if you are over age 35
- Breast cancer or any cancer that is sensitive to female hormones
- Unexplained vaginal bleeding that has not been diagnosed
- Liver problems including liver disease
- Smoke and are over 35 years old
- Are taking medicines known as strong OATP1B1 inhibitors that are known or expected to significantly increase the blood levels of elagolix. Ask your HCP if you are not sure if you are taking this type of medicine.
- Have had a serious allergic reaction to elagolix, estradiol, norethindrone acetate, or any of the ingredients in ORIAHNN. Ask your HCP if you are not sure.
- FD&C Yellow No. 5 (tartrazine) is an ingredient in ORIAHNN, which may cause an allergic type reaction such as bronchial asthma in some patients who are also allergic to aspirin.
What should I discuss with my HCP before taking ORIAHNN?
Tell your HCP about all your medical conditions, including if you:
- Have or have had:
- Broken bones or other conditions that may cause bone problems
- Depression, mood swings, or suicidal thoughts or behavior
- Yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice) or jaundice caused by pregnancy (cholestasis of pregnancy)
- Are scheduled for surgery. ORIAHNN may increase your risk of blood clots after surgery. Your doctor may advise you to stop taking ORIAHNN before you have surgery. If this happens, talk to your HCP about when to restart ORIAHNN after surgery.
- Are pregnant or think you may be pregnant.
- Are breastfeeding. It is not known if ORIAHNN can pass into your breastmilk. Talk to your HCP about the best way to feed your baby if you take ORIAHNN.
Tell your HCP about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Women on thyroid or cortisol replacement therapy may need increased doses of the hormone.
Keep a list of your medicines with you to show to your HCP and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.
What should I avoid while taking ORIAHNN?
- Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice during treatment with ORIAHNN since they may affect the level of ORIAHNN in your blood, which may increase side effects.
What are the possible side effects of ORIAHNN?
ORIAHNN can cause additional serious side effects, including:
- Suicidal thoughts, suicidal behavior, and worsening of mood. ORIAHNN may cause suicidal thoughts or actions. Call your HCP or get emergency medical help right away if you have any of these symptoms, especially if they are new, worse, or bother you: thoughts about suicide or dying, attempts to commit suicide, new or worse depression or anxiety, or other unusual changes in behavior or mood. Pay attention to any changes, especially sudden changes, in your mood, behaviors, thoughts, or feelings.
- Abnormal liver tests. Call your HCP right away if you have any of these signs and symptoms of liver problems: jaundice, dark amber-colored urine, feeling tired, nausea and vomiting, generalized swelling, right upper stomach area pain, or bruising easily.
- High blood pressure. You should see your HCP to check your blood pressure regularly.
- Gallbladder problems (cholestasis), especially if you had cholestasis of pregnancy.
- Increases in blood sugar, cholesterol, and fat (triglyceride) levels.
- Hair loss (alopecia). Hair loss and hair thinning can happen while taking ORIAHNN, and it can continue even after you stop taking ORIAHNN. It is not known if this hair loss or hair thinning is reversible. Talk to your HCP if this is a concern for you.
- Changes in laboratory tests, including thyroid and other hormone, cholesterol, and blood clotting tests.
The most common side effects of ORIAHNN include: hot flashes, headache, fatigue, and irregular periods.
These are not all of the possible side effects of ORIAHNN. Tell your HCP if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. Call your HCP for medical advice about side effects.
Take ORIAHNN exactly as your HCP tells you. The recommended oral dosage of ORIAHNN is one yellow/white capsule in the morning and one blue/white capsule in the evening, with or without food.
This is the most important information to know about ORIAHNN. For more information, talk to your doctor or HCP.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
If you are having difficulty paying for your medicine, AbbVie may be able to help. Visit AbbVie.com/myAbbVieAssist to learn more.
Please see the Full Prescribing Information, including the Medication Guide.
I was diagnosed with a fibroid during my last pregnancy. They think it may been there with my 1st pregnancy, but it just went undiagnosed. I had to do my own research because my doctor wasn’t very informative or personable….or really anything. I panicked because my mind went right to cancer & then it was eased when I did my own research. Very interesting read tonight
Mine has been giving me a lot of trouble recently. I’m glad you found more info that eased your mind!
I feel like there should be a biology class, all women are required to take in school so we learn about this types of things!! I didnt know any of it. I am sending you positive vibes and praying for years down the road, no cancer. <3
Right?! That’s such a smart idea!
This is all such helpful information! Our health is so important. Great reminder to set a doctor appointment as well! Loved this!
I had 2 fibroids discovered when I was pregnant. They grew bigger while I was pregnant and slowed down after the second trimester. I had light bleeding after I was pregnant for 7 weeks and it lasted for about a month and I was carefully monitored by my doctor. Scariest month of my life. I went on to have two sons and both were born at 40-41 weeks. When I reached about 38 I couldn’t handle the heavy bleeding and I was losing too much blood and my iron level dropped too low and I was getting dizzy. I decided to have a uterine ablation to stop my periods. Best decision I ever made and I was not planning on having anymore children, my husband and I decided 2 was enough. I was put on birth control to see if they would help, but they made me sick, so I stopped taking them.
Oh goodness!! I’m glad you took care of it.
What an informative talk I totally relate to this – I had surgery to remove one fibroid a few Years ago and then about 2 years ago had a scan and there was another and then a few weeks did another scan went to my gyno and it had disappeared on its own – always gotta pay attention to my cycle in case very good girl talk
Thanks, Lauren! Glad yours was healed!