A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Uterine Fibroids
I had a question the other day about uterine fibroids.
Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths developing in or just outside a woman’s uterus.
They develop from normal uterus muscle cells which start growing abnormally.
As the cells grow, they form a benign tumor.
Uterine fibroids are extremely common.
In fact, many women have them at some point in life.
No one knows what causes them, but their growth seems to depend on estrogen, the female hormone.
Uterine fibroids don’t develop until after puberty, and usually after age 30.
They tend to shrink or disappear after menopause, when estrogen levels fall.
Some factors influencing the development of uterine fibroids are:
>Pregnancy: Women who’ve had children are less likely to get fibroids.
>Early menstruation: Women whose first period was before age 10 are more likely to have uterine fibroids.
>Women taking birth control pills are less likely to develop significant uterine fibroids.
>Family history: Women whose mothers and sisters have uterine fibroids are more likely to have them, too.
All uterine fibroids are similar in that they’re made of abnormal uterine muscle cells growing in a tight bundle or mass.
They can range in size, from microscopic to several inches across, and weigh several pounds.
Usually, they cause no symptoms at all – so most women don’t realize they have them.
When women do experience symptoms, they can include:
>Prolonged menstrual periods (7 days or longer).
>Heavy bleeding during periods.
>Bloating or fullness.
>Pain in the lower belly or pelvis.
>Pain with intercourse.
Most uterine fibroids don’t need treatment, because they don’t cause symptoms or problems.
To deal with uterine fibroids it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily.
*Dandelion root, milk thistle, scutellaria (also known as skullcap) root, and turmeric rhizome are all powerful antioxidants supporting your liver while promoting the elimination of toxins.
*Green tea is a powerful antioxidant.
*Red clover and burdock root both help with cleansing your bloodstream.
*If you have unpleasant symptoms like those outlined above, or if menstrual bleeding is so heavy you saturate a sanitary pad or tampon more often than once an hour, consult your health care provider.
*If a fibroid is found, don’t take oral contraceptives with a high estrogen content. High-estrogen birth control pills may stimulate the growth of fibroid tumors. Consider other forms of contraception, like condoms and foam, a diaphragm, or a cervical cap.
*Fibroids are almost never malignant, so treatment isn’t usually needed as long as they remain relatively small and don’t produce unpleasant symptoms.
*Increase your exercise, relaxation techniques, etc.
*Increase essential fats (flax oil, olive oil, Omega-3 oils).
*Increase organic fresh, raw fruits and veggies; consider fresh juicing.
*Consider acupuncture, energy medicine techniques, hydrotherapy, etc.
*Have a chiropractic assessment.
*Eliminate toxic exposures, both food and environment.
*Eliminate any and all hydrogenated, trans fats, deep-fried foods, margarine, fast foods, etc.
*Eliminate sugar, sweets, white flour products, processed foods.
*Avoid dairy products.
*Avoid tobacco, alcohol, caffeine, soda pop.
*Maintain a healthy weight.
*Understand your medications and possible side effects.
*If you follow a vegetarian lifestyle or low caloric intake, it is essential to ensure proper intake of protein, B vitamins and essential fats.
*Avoid birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy.
*Research all alternative views before considering surgery.
*Review my blog post on candida – http://bit.ly/1d2LLmc.
*Review my blog post on estrogen dominance – http://bit.ly/1cyPuqb.
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