The Truth About Fibroids

What are Fibroids?

Fibroids are non-encapsulated balls of smooth, muscle-like tissue that can grow on a woman’s uterus. They can range anywhere from small pea-size to as large as a watermelon. Danforth’s Obstetrics and Gynecology textbook cited a fibroid tumor that reached 147 pounds.

Fibroids are very common among black women. It is estimated that about 50% to 75% of black women suffer from fibroid tumors.

What is the Cause?

It has not been confirmed what the actual cause of fibroid tumors are, but health researchers believe that they are caused by hormone estrogen. Estrogen is a hormone naturally produced by the ovaries that play a big role in maintaining vaginal moisture, ovulation, heat regulation, and emotions. It is also believed that hormones serve as a nutrient to the tumors and blood flows normally through the uterine vessels. Estrogen levels lower after years normally due to menopause or medications, which causes fibroids to shrink. Women who are less likely to produce fibroids are women who have had their ovaries removed but has left their uterus in place for embryo implantation; because they have little to no estrogen.

What are the Symptoms?

Heavier menstrual flow, increased pelvic girth, constipation, pelvic pain, painful intercourse, bleeding in between periods, and bladder pressure.

Can you Treat Fibroids?

The simple answer is Yes. There are surgical procedures that will remove these tumors; but there are natural alternatives to treating fibroid tumors. There are medications such as; Lupron that have been by physicians in an attempt to shrink fibroids and relieve the symptoms. The only thing about this is, if you were to stop taking these medications, your body will began to produce estrogen again and the tumors can resurface. A more natural alternative to shrinking fibroids would be changing your eating habits and adding more nutritional value to the foods you eat. Alternative medicines, specifically, herbs (raspberry leaves and chaste berries) can also play a role into shrinking and actually evaporating fibroids. Unfortunately, it is possible for fibroid tumors to grow back, but with a natural approach you will be able to control it better. Exercising self-care is the best care for you and your body.

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