“A man should not swallow poison because he is afraid to spit & offend others” African Proverb  
Fibroid Series Part IV- Taking charge of my body. I'm no medical doctor or biologist (disclaimer), so the best I could do, was to look at my life in the months prior to discovering the fibroid, to see what I had done differently. Based on the information I had gathered during recovery, I turned my life upside down in search for clues. I considered everything from diet, cosmetics & relocation factors, & finally, my gut led me to what I believe could have been the cause (disclaimer). In July 2009, I  took the emergency pill (I paticularly was not ready for children 1 month after marriage & 4 months after re-locating to a foreign country.). A few weeks thereafter, I went on a form of monthly hormonal contraceptives for the first time in my life. About a month after ingesting the emergency pill,  I discovered the lump in my abdomen. Within the next 5 months or so, the fibroid grew from golf ball size, to a very large orange size. I think my body was paticularly sensitive to the sudden influx of hormones I had suddenly introduced into my system. Now don't rush out & dispose of your contraceptive pills, all I'm saying is- check the ingredients of the things you put in, & on your body, & find out about the possible adverse effects of these substances. Besides, what affects you in one way, might not affect me in the same way. Also, unfortunately not everything that's available on the shelves is good for us & there's plenty medical & scientific evidence to prove that. I now use the calendar method, in conjunction with an electronic fertility monitor & when necessary, condoms. The data the computers use to differentiate between fertile and infertile days, are based on a few biological facts underlying the female monthly cycle.  After ovulation, the egg can be fertilized for a maximum of 18 hours.  If you ovulate twice (rare!), the double ovulation will occur within 24 hours. Sperm remains active and fertile inside the female body for 120 hours (5 days). That means there are 6/7 days in an average 28 day cycle, when a woman can get pregnant How many women can honestly say they know the inner workings of the female menstrual cycle? I think most of us have a basic, to good idea. Applied knowledge is power, & I had to learn the hard way.
Part V
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