Uterine Fibroides is one of the leading problems of women nowadays, and management is the solution.
As defined by the Mayo Clinic, uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths in the uterus that usually appear during childbearing years. Fibroids can be small like seedlings or can be so bulky that they can distort the uterus.
Although uterine fibroids do not increase cancer risk, they may result in discomfort or, worse, infertility. Pelvic exams and prenatal ultrasound can detect fibroids.
Symptoms of Uterine Fibroids
Back pain is one of the symptoms of uterine fibroids.
Not all cases of uterine fibroids show any symptoms, but for those women who do, it may be because of the size, location, and the number of fibroids. If you experience the following symptoms, it is advisable to consult your doctor immediately:
Causes of Uterine Fibroids
A study in China revealed that obesity may increase the risk of uterine fibroids.
The primary cause of uterine fibroids is still unknown, but studies linked some factors that might contribute to this condition. Hormones such as estrogen and progesterone control the growth of the fibroids.
One of the factors that can lead to uterine fibroids is genetic changes. Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) found out that fibroids often have genetic changes different from uterine cells. The identification of the genetic risk factors contributes to medical management.
Aside from genetic changes, an imbalance hormone also plays a significant role in the growth of uterine fibroids. Fibroids are sensitive to hormones, specifically estrogen and progesterone. When the estrogen is too high, the development of fibroids occurs. Progesterone cannot stop the growth if it is insufficient.
The insufficiency of vitamin D in the body also results in the growth of fibroids. In a 2009 study, the researchers saw a relationship between vitamin D and the development of fibroids. A higher concentration of vitamin D helps in shrinking the fibroids.
How to Manage Uterine Fibroids Naturally
White sugar is a white processed food that must be avoided.
Avoid eating processed white foods.
Processed white food is white foods that have been heavily processed and refined. These are high in carbs and few in nutrients. They also spike blood sugar and insulin, affecting estrogen metabolism. Because of this, the fibroid size also increases.
Examples of processed white foods are white bread, white pasta, white rice, white sugar, white potatoes, animal-based fats. The best way to prevent consuming these foods is by looking for alternatives such as brown rice, plant-based fats, colorful vegetables, fruits, whole-grain pasta, and whole-grain bread.
Consume naturally occurring phytoestrogens.
Experts revealed that consuming food with natural estrogen, known as phytoestrogens, helps shrink the fibroids. Phytoestrogen helps in balancing out the excessive estrogens produced by the ovaries.
Green tea also has a phytoestrogen that decreases the size of the fibroids. A study showed how consuming green tea reduced the volume of the fibroid by 32.6%. Vitex, also known as chaste berry, balances the hormone. Other herbal medicines that have positive effects are red raspberry leaf, dandelion root, and dong quia.
A study in China revealed that obesity and weight excess increase the chance of having uterine fibroids. Exercise also relieves the pain and discomfort caused by the medical condition.
Aerobic exercises such as walking, swimming, biking, and running balance the hormones and normalize the insulin. Pilates, a system that focuses on the core, strengthens the areas of the body, including the pelvic area. Building a lean muscle through weight training also makes the muscles that support the uterus.
Increasing stress disrupts the hormonal balance, which contributes to the increasing growth of the fibroids. It is essential to prevent anxiety by changing the daily lifestyle or engaging in some stress relief techniques.
Some of the stress relief techniques are meditation, deep breathing exercises, counseling and therapy, journaling, and exercise. By trying these activities, you are keeping stress at the minimum level.
Uterine fibroids is a dilemma for most women, especially for those who want to get pregnant. The best way to prevent this medical condition is to maintain good health by eating the right food and exercising regularly. There are also other natural ways to minimize and eliminate the symptoms.
Dr. Yaron Seidman DAOM