Uterine fibroids are a problem that many women have to deal with on a daily basis. While fibroids are not malignant, they can cause many problems and difficulties none the less. This article will discuss what fibroids are, the symptoms, and how you can treat them.
What are Fibroids?
There are three types of fibroids:
Submucous fibroids – These grow in uterine cavity
Intramural fibroids – These grow on the uterine wall
Subserous fibroids – These grow outside the uterus
While these growths are not malignant, they are classified as tumors and can cause many problems. Eighty percent of women have fibroids during their childbearing years. Most women that have fibroids are between the ages of 30 and 40. It is virtually unheard of for a woman younger than 20-years-old to have fibroids.
Fibroids are caused by unusually high estrogen levels. Estrogen is one of the hormones that is naturally produced in a woman’s body. The problem is that so much of the meat that we eat today is loaded with growth hormones that are passed on to us when we eat the meat. This, along with so much chemical pollution is the cause of high estrogen levels in women. When a woman reaches menopause, fibroids will shrink because the woman’s estrogen levels decrease at this time.
Another factor that is responsible for fibroids is heredity. The tendency to have fibroids is passed from one generation to another. If your mother or grandmother had fibroids, chances are that you will too.
Many women have fibroids but don’t know it because the tumors are small. However, as the tumors begin to grow, symptoms very clearly make themselves known. The most common symptoms are:
- Bleeding between periods
- Urinary and bowel problems
- Sexual difficulties
- Pain and bleeding
Detection of Fibroids
If you have any of the symptoms listed above, you know that something is wrong but you may not be sure what it is. A checkup with your Gynecologist can give you peace of mind by detecting and diagnosing the problem.
If you have fibroids, your doctor will be able to feel them during a pelvic exam or by using an ultrasound. Fibroids can also be seen by using x-rays or a CAT scan.
Treatment of Fibroids
Many doctors recommend surgery as treatment for fibroids. It is important for you to know that surgery doesn’t treat fibroids – it just temporarily gets rid of them. But, if you have large tumors that are interfering with reproduction or causing you pain, surgery may be the answer for you.
If your fibroids are still small, the best way to get rid of them is to shrink them naturally. You can do this by changing your diet. Eat anti-inflammatory foods and lower your estrogen through diet and exercise. Be sure and eat a diet that is low in fat and high in fiber. Also, avoid caffeine, sugar, salt, and alcohol and take supplements of vitamins A, E, and C.
Many people recommend taking natural herbs to help shrink fibroids. Some of these herbs are dandelion, milk thistle, and yellow dock root. These herbs have been used for centuries to treat female problems and are still used by many today for effective treatment.
Proper diagnosis of fibroids is your first step toward treatment. Once you know that you have fibroids, you can make decisions that are best for your body and your situation for treatment.