Dealing with a fibroid diagnosis 一 and the resulting unpleasant symptoms, such as pain, heavy periods, and bloating 一 can be overwhelming, especially for a teenager.
Dr. Ulas Bozdogan and our team here at Advanced Endometriosis Center can diagnose and treats fibroids in teens, but we also know as a parent or guardian, you play a big role in helping your teen feel empowered about her diagnosis.
You can effectively support your teen through this challenging time. Here’s how:
Initiate open and honest conversations
Communication is key! Start by creating a comfortable environment where your teen feels safe discussing her concerns and questions about her fibroid diagnosis. Encourage her to share her thoughts and emotions, and listen actively without judgment.
Use clear and simple language
Avoid using medical jargon that might confuse or intimidate your teen. Explain the diagnosis in straightforward terms, highlighting that fibroids are noncancerous growths in the uterus that many women experience. About 26 million American women between the ages of 15 and 50 have fibroids, so your teen is far from alone. Emphasize that this condition is treatable and manageable.
Learn about fibroids together
Research the condition and the treatments together. Collaborate with your teen in researching reliable sources of information about fibroids. This approach not only helps her understand the condition better but also empowers her to take an active role in her health both now and in the future. Explore reputable websites, books, and articles that offer insights into fibroids and their treatment options. The Office on Women’s Health, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and the National Institute of Health are all reputable resources.
Schedule an appointment with us
Schedule an appointment with an Advanced Endometriosis Center provider. Encourage your teen to ask questions during the appointment and take notes. This interaction with a medical professional can provide accurate information and address any misconceptions your teen may have.
Discuss treatment options
After gathering information, discuss the available treatment options with your teen. Explain that the chosen treatment will depend on factors like the size and location of the fibroids, her overall health, and future family plans. Explore alternatives like medication, minimally invasive procedures, and surgery. Encourage her to ask any questions that she may have about the recommended treatment options.
If your teen expresses concerns or fears about the treatments, address them openly. Discuss the potential benefits, risks, and expected outcomes of each option. Reassure her that her voice matters in making decisions about her own body.
Encourage emotional well-being
Acknowledge that it's natural for your teen to experience this wide range of emotions after the diagnosis. Your teen may feel angry or sad about a fibroid diagnosis. She might feel relief (at knowing what’s causing her symptoms), and she might feel fear about surgery. These reactions are common and normal.
Assure her that feeling scared, confused, or even angry is okay. Your understanding and empathy can help her process these feelings.
Provide supportive resources
Suggest engaging in activities that promote emotional wellness, such as:
- Practicing mindfulness
- Engaging in hobbies she enjoys
If needed, consider seeking the assistance of a mental health professional who has experience working with teenagers dealing with medical conditions.
Get fibroid help for your teen today
Supporting your teen through a fibroid diagnosis involves open communication, education, and emotional support. By taking an active role in her journey to understand and manage her condition, you’re empowering her to make informed decisions about her health.
When you’re ready to make an appointment for your teen, book an appointment online with our expert team.