What are Fibroids?
Fibroids are benign tumours that embed in the myometrium of the uterus. They can vary in size and can reach up to 15cm plus in size. They are most common in the years that women are reproductive, so tend to be post-menopause. Most of the women that are diagnosed with Fibroids are below 50.
Fibroids can go by a few different names such as leiomyomas, myxomas, uterine myxomas and fibromas. And according to the National Institutes of health (NIH), estimates that 80% of women have them by the age of 50.
There is no known cause of Fibroids to date, science is not quite there yet as to why fibroids develop but science does know that they are linked with oestrogen & progesterone:-
1. Your oestrogen levels my be out of whack and you might have oestrogen dominance. There are a number of reasons for this. Diet & environmental factors can play a big part in this too.
2. Increased risk with obesity also linked to excess oestrogen
3. Earlier menses
4. Family history
5. Contraceptive pill
6. Pregnancy, due to the increased production of oestrogen and progesterone, so may develop and grow rapidly whilst pregnant.
signs and symptoms
Symptoms can be asymptomatic, meaning you may not realise for a while. Symptoms can be mild to severe, depending at what stage the Fibroids are at. Common signs and symptoms are
- Heavy periods known as Dysmenorrhoea
- Prolonged menses
- Spotting and mid cycle bleeding, known as Menorrhagia
- Iron deficiency, known as anaemia
- Urgency to urinate or frequent urination due to pressure from the bladder or rectum
- Bloating & heaviness felt in the abdomen
- Infertility could be a sign but only in 2-10% of cases is this the case
different types of fibroids
The name of the fibroid is dependent on the location of the fibroid in the uterus:-
INTRAMURAL FIBROIDS: These are the most common and tend to grow within the muscular wall of the uterus. If they grow larger they can stretch the womb.
SUBSEROSAL FIBROIDS: These types form on the outside of your uterus in an area called serosa and can make your womb look bigger on one side.
PEDUNCULATED FIBROIDS: These fibroids develop a stem and slender base that supports the tumour.
SUBMUCOSAL FIBROIDS: They develop in the middle layer called the myometrium of the uterus. These types are not as common as other types.
To properly diagnose your doctor could offer you a Laparoscopy or laparotomy visualizing endometrial implants with the pelvic cavity. The Laparoscopy will be able to identify and give you a definitive diagnosis.
The most common causes of endometriosis is infertility. If you are not treated in your 20’s for this then you may have fertility issues later on.
Taking birth control, is this the solution? There are risks associated to taking birth control long term too.
Recurring inflammation from the condition can lead to the formation of the fibrous tissue (scarring), which an produce adhesions which are bands of scar tissue that make tissues or organs inside your body stick to each other.
Tissue trapped in the pelvis can also cause scar formation and irritation. You may also find that there are adhesions, where the tissue binds your pelvic organs together.
what your doctor will offer you
1. If you say you have painful periods then your doctor will most likely offer you oral contraceptives. However long term use of contraceptive pill has its own side effects and its not combating the route cause of the issue.
2. You may also be offered surgery to remove the ectopic tissue, however 45% of the growth will return within a year so only a short term solution. But if you take this course of action and then use some natural methods as well, you will give yourself a great chance to prevent further growths.
3. You doctor may offer hormonal medications that suppress the natural menstrual cycle, as well as pain management to manage times of pain.
4. You can also buy over the counter progesterone creams too. But would recommend that you consult a professional and being monitored.
In most cases, endometriosis will cease after menopause. It’s this kind of information you will want to know in order to make the right treatment and protocol plan for you. Learning about your condition, education puts you in the driving seat of your body.
Key areas to help yourself with are to:-
- Reduce Inflammation – diet will help greatly with this
- Start a detox and give your body a well-earned break, so the liver can do its best job for you.
- Start to work on alleviating your regular symptoms with a natural medicine approach.
A big part of why the body is here in the first place could be hormonal related. So you may want to consider a reboot and look to give your body a break. Regular breaks so that you give your body the best chance to heal.
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At Ultimate Health we look for prevention and treating the cause. We always start by wiping the slate clean with a Reboot and then looking to help support your body to heal using natural proven principles. Naturopathic solutions and a protocol that supports your body and every system that it runs. We help you to manage the many multifunctional influences that can cause endometriosis in the first place. Detoxification is key, as well as reducing internal inflammation. If you need a map we have the one clear path to support your entire being.
Here are the Pathways we use to support you:
- Increase fiber intake
- Switch you to the right fats and remove the oils and fats that cause inflammation
- Help with inflammation and reset your system with an anti-inflammatory diet
- Show you a list of supplements that you may want to look at to enhance your immune
- Boost your immune so that your body can balance your hormones and regain your innate drive for homeostasis
- Introduce more isoflavones and lignans important for endometriosis
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2. College of Naturopathic Medicine – Biomedicine training
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4. Gould’s Psyhophysiology for Health Professionals, Hubert & Vanmeter, p527