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    Diving with fibroids?

    Hello,

    I am a male diver writing with a question about women's health. I know this forum is for postings from female divers, but I hope you will forgive the intrusion under the circumstances. This is the perfect place for me to get some advice.

    I am a diver and my new wife has expressed an interest in learning to scuba dive, so we can go on diving vacations together. I am thrilled of course - however, she has uterine fibroids which sometimes cause heavy and prolonged bleeding.

    I want to know if anyone has any experience or knowledge of diving with fibroids they could share? I don't want to get my wife's hopes up if she isn't going to be able to dive. If I could get some info before going through the whole process of consulting specialists, etc. it would be helpful. The whole issue can be stressful for her, so I want to learn as much as I can so I can be prepared and supportive.

    I haven't been able to find any info online, through DAN, etc. If anyone knows anything, please share here or by PM.

    Many thanks.

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    Thanks for the thought. I am interested in hearing experiences and knowledge from women if anyone can share anything...

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    Are you worried about the pressure on her abdominal area or about the possibility of blood hitting the water?

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    A little - but mainly the possibility of blood clots or embolism. I would have thought that would be the main threat to her health.

    Your post reminds me I need to find out if the blood released from fibroids is menstrual or systemic blood (or both). I have read widely that only systemic blood is appealing to sharks.

    I was just wondering if there was anyone else out there who had been through the process of researching this already or had some info?

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    There's an OB on the board that might have some info. You might PM her.

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    I really wouldn't run a poll for a diving medicine question. Like thesmoothdome suggested, call DAN. They're the world's experts on diving medicine and the call is free.

    Of course, you should also JOIN DAN, as they provide such a wonderful and life-saving service.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martin2 View Post
    There's an OB on the board that might have some info. You might PM her.
    I think they meant me there isn't any increased risk by diving with fibroids. There is no change in the blood flow that would put you at increased risk while diving. There is no difference in the blood besides the amount. The biggest problem would be the unpredictable nature of the pain and the bleeding. One would be quite pissed to wake up in paradise with a dive plan for the day but with excruciating bleeding and pain. That is why I usually recommend continuous birth control pills and lots of naprosyn (alleve) for trips.

    P.S. I am a Board Certified Ob/Gyn and an Assistant Prof of Ob/Gyn and a PADI Divemaster.

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    Those of you suggesting DAN, sincere thanks for the advice, however please refer to OP. I am not running a poll, I am interested to hear from people who actually have the condition or have experience of it. The experience of the individual is very important information - especially in regards to women's issues, where the opinion and experience of the woman is often overlooked.

    Of course I am going to take this up with DAN, our OB and others - but (as mentioned in the OP) it is good to know what you are getting yourself in for before heading into a potentially traumatic doctor visit.

    Thanks to obrules15. That is very helpful and reassuring. Can you speak to the nature of the blood that fibroids produce? Is it of concern vis a vis shark attraction?

    Thanks again everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by giantturtle View Post
    Those of you suggesting DAN, sincere thanks for the advice, however please refer to OP. I am not running a poll, I am interested to hear from people who actually have the condition or have experience of it. The experience of the individual is very important information - especially in regards to women's issues, where the opinion and experience of the woman is often overlooked.

    Of course I am going to take this up with DAN, our OB and others - but (as mentioned in the OP) it is good to know what you are getting yourself in for before heading into a potentially traumatic doctor visit.

    Thanks to obrules15. That is very helpful and reassuring. Can you speak to the nature of the blood that fibroids produce? Is it of concern vis a vis shark attraction?

    Thanks again everyone.
    Well, fibroid blood is the same as menstrual blood. I have seen people weigh in on menstrual blood vs. systemic blood and I don't know if there really is a difference in terms of sharks. Menstrual blood is composed mostly of the breakdown of the lining of the uterus not actual blood blood per se. HOWEVER, what most don't realize is that the water pressure externally will prevent blood from coming out WHILE DIVING. Can't make any promises if you sit on the boat for an hour in between. Best thing honestly is a good tampon then it really is a non issue.

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