Uterine fibroids (myomas) are growths that occur on the walls of the uterus. Composed of connective tissue and muscle, these round, firm growths can be microscopic or grow to the size of a grapefruit. After appearing in groups, fibroids typically grow slowly. Fast-growing fibroids may be malignant. At least 20 percent of women over age 35 will experience fibroids at some time. Because fibroids are affected by estrogen levels, some growths tend to shrink at menopause. On the other hand, some increase in size at menopause and become malignant. If fibroids become problematic, doctors often prescribe drugs that trigger menopausal symptoms to encourage growths to shrink to a size that can be removed surgically in a procedure called a myomectomy. Without certain lifestyle changes, however, fibroids will return after surgery. In extreme cases, doctors may recommend hysterectomy.
Some women are surprised to learn during a pelvic examination that they have fibroids, as they have experienced no symptoms, even if they have a rather large growth. Others suffer with menstrual problems including heavy, irregular or painful periods and mid-cycle bleeding. Vaginal discharge, pain or bleeding with intercourse, frequent urination, problems with bowel movements and compromised digestion are also involved. Heavy bleeding can cause anemia and fatigue. During pregnancy, fibroids can cause miscarriage, premature delivery or severe loss of blood after the birth.
Fibroids are caused by excess estrogen. Causes of estrogen dominance include exposure to xenoestrogens, bowel toxicity and liver congestion. Undiagnosed clinical or functional hypothyroidism is frequently a factor.
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Health Tips To Enhance Healing
- See Health Tips for Endometriosis, another estrogen-dominant condition.
- Detoxification and elimination of waste is very important. Eat liver-friendly foods such as kale, carrots, beets, artichokes, lemons, onions, garlic, leeks and members of the cabbage family (broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower).
- Follow a vegetarian diet and increase your fiber intake. Fiber carries estrogen out of the body. Avoid meat products (except fish). Your diet should concentrate on whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables. Choose organic foods whenever possible to reduce the burden of xenoestrogens from pesticides.
- Avoid alcohol, dairy products, caffeine (including medications), sugar, chocolate, coffee, tea and soft drinks. Alcohol interferes with liver function and caffeine exacerbates the growths.
- Lose extra pounds – being overweight can increase the effects of estrogen on the uterus. Exercise regularly to burn calories, improve circulation and help the detoxification and elimination process.