How To Eliminate Uterine Fibroids
If you have been looking at how to to eliminate uterine fibroids, naturally you will have looked at many options. Standard medical treatments for fibroids include surgical options and drug treatment. There are also natural treatments for fibroids to consider and indeed, many women prefer this option.
In many cases, women decide to take no action with fibroids which are not troublesome, preferring to just keep an eye on the situation, taking action if the symptoms become difficult to manage. This is all very well, but unless something is done to alter what has caused the fibroids in the first place, chances are that they will get larger and larger until they become more difficult to treat. If you are aware that you have fibroids, it makes complete sense to make lifestyle changes which will prevent the fibroids growing any larger. There are also treatments which will eliminate uterine fibroids naturally.
Surgical Options For Fibroids
There are three main types of surgical procedures to treat uterine fibroids.
Abdominal Myectomy-This is the removal of individual or groups of fibroids. The uterus is left intact but can be weakened by surgery
Uterine Artery Embolisation-This is where the blood supply to individual fibroids is interrupted, causing them to wither
Hysterectomy-The complete removal of the womb
The problem with surgery to eliminate uterine fibroids is that unless you do something to stop the cause of the fibroids, they will simply regrow. (Of course this excludes hysterectomy) This is why it is of the utmost importance that you consider what has cause the fibroids in the first place and take steps to alter your lifestyle. In addition, surgery always comes with inherent risks, such as excess blood loss, infection and anesthetic risks.
Drug Treatment Uterine Fibroids
Due to the nature of the hormonal drugs which can help shrink fibroids, they can only ever be a temporary measure and are used exclusively as a way of reducing the size of fibroids prior to surgery. They bring on the symptoms of the menopause, such as hot flashes, dry skin, a thinning of the vaginal skin coupled with a lack of lubrication. One of the most disturbing risks from these drugs is osteoporosis, so if these are used, steps should be taken to ensure that extra calcium supplements are taken. Once the course of drugs are finished, the fibroids will quickly return to their original size which is why they can only ever be a short term fix.
How To Eliminate Uterine Fibroids Naturally
There are various self-help measures to be considered when trying to eliminate uterine fibroids.
It is believed that one of the causes of fibroids is the fact that some women are simply “prone” to inflammatory conditions and that this can cause fibroids in vunerable women. It has been shown that eating foods which have anti-inflammatory properties can help. Such foods include hops, rosemary and curcumin.
As fibroids are know to be related to the amount of estrogen in the body, reducing this makes sense. This can be done by maintaining a healthy weight as excess estrogen is produced by fat cells. In addition, it is believed that certain pollutants which are commonly found can mimic the action of estrogen in the body and therefore many women have found that detoxing the liver, where these chemicals can be stored, has been a useful way to eliminate fibroids naturally.
Certain herbs used mainly in Chinese medicine has also worked for some women. Many of these remedies are hundreds, if not thousands of years old and conventional practitioners are increasingly seeing the value of these and are incorporating natural remedies into their treatment plans.
Another option is to simply leave the fibroids alone. If they are not causing too many problems, you can choose to leave the fibroids alone as they will naturally shrink during the menopause. However, if your fibroids are large or you are some years away from the menopause this will not be an attractive option!
Frequently Asked Questions
Is hysterectomy after menopause the best answer for hormone therapy when you have uterine fibroids?
I have uterine fibroids and have gone through menopause. I desperately need HRT but due to uterine fibroids my doctor recomends hysteroctomy. I have also had steph infections in the urinary tract due to enlarged uterus. My urologists also recomends hysterectomy.
if you have both doctors telling you the same thing then I say go for it ~ i never made it to menopause I had a hyst 8 years ago & all though it was a little mind boggling for me I made it through just fine & I did do hrt for about 1 month & quit due to the high risk of heart attack & stroke & death ~but I am fine without it & have no strange hair growing any where so I did well i do believe♦
I am suffering from uterine fibroids what are my options?
I am seeing a gynocolgist and he is not sure wheather I am going through menopause for they might shrink?I don’t really want surgery(no insurance)but one fibroid is poking into my bladder!Need 2nd opinion???Thanks
Treatment of Fibroids
The most important question to ask is do the fibroids need to be treated at all. The vast majority of fibroids grow as a woman gets older, and tend to shrink after menopause. Obviously fibroids that are causing significant symptoms need treatment. While it is often easier to treat smaller fibroids than larger ones, most of the small ones never will need to be treated. So just because we can treat fibroids while they are small, it doesn’t follow that we should treat them. And many women have successful pregnancies without removing the fibroids as long as they are not inside the uterine cavity. The location of the fibroids plays a strong influence on how to approach them.
Treatment with medicines:
There are not any currently available medicines that will permanently shrink fibroids. Often heavy bleeding can be decreased with birth control pills. There are a number of medications in the family of GnRH agonists, which induce a temporary chemical menopause. In the absence of estrogen myomas usually decrease in size. Unfortunately, the effect is temporary, and the fibroids rapidly go back to their pre-treatment size when the medication is discontinued. Mifepristone, better know as the ‘French abortion pill, or RU-486, also may cause a decrease in size of myomas, and often stops abnormal uterine bleeding. It also has undesireable side effects. It’s use is promising, but it is not currently available in the United States.
Surgical treatment of Fibroids:
There have been a number of procedures recently promoted for treatment of fibroids. Some are truly new. Others are being marketed as new in order to promote the sale of expensive instruments, without offering any real advantages. Many new procedures prove over time to be major advances; we may look back on others as not so wonderful. With any new procedure, it is important to look at studies published in peer-reviewed medical journals as well as promotional materials by a physician, clinic, or instrument manufacturer. Ask questions: how many of these procedures have been done in published studies; what is the outcome; how long have these patients been followed? In deciding whether any procedure is for you, you should look at advantages and disadvantages of all available options.
When a fibroid is inside the uterine cavity, it will almost always cause abnormal bleeding and cramping. If it is not currently causing problems, the odds are very high that it will. For this reason, I usually recommend that they be removed. These can usually be removed by using a special kind of hysteroscope, or resectoscope. The resectoscope is a telescope with a built-in loop that can cut through tissue. It has been used for years to treat enlargement of the male prostate gland, and has more recently been used inside the uterus. This is called hysteroscopic resection of myomas. In skilled hands most myomas inside the uterus can be removed in an outpatient setting. Click here to learn more about hysteroscopic resection of myomas.
Unlike intracavitary myomas, some of the fibroid is also in the wall of the uterus. Submucous myomas often cause abnormal bleeding. Many of these can also be treated by hysteroscopic resection. During the process of removing submucous myomas by this method the uterus contracts, and tends to push the portion of the myoma that is in the wall into the cavity of the uterus. The decision on which myomas should be treated by this method should be made by an experienced hysteroscopic surgeon. If heavy bleeding is the main reason for desiring treatment, and fertility is no longer desired, an endometrial ablation may also be done at the same time.
Intramural and Pedunculated Fibroids
Myomas that are in the wall of the uterus or on the outside of the uterus are not accessible to treatment through the cervix. If these need to be treated, there are essentially three types of procedures: remove the fibroid(s), destroy the fibroid(s), or remove the uterus. All of the surgical options available are variations on one of these themes. Some have been available for years. Others are very new and have had very little or no long term testing.
Hysterectomy is the only procedure that comes with a guarantee: no more bleeding and no regrowth of fibroids. Like any alternative, there are advantages and disadvantages of having a hysterectomy. Click here to learn more about hysterectomy.
Removal of the fibroid(s):
This is also called myomectomy. Myomectomy, with one exception, means making an incision into the uterus and removing one or more fibroids. If the fibroid is on a stalk (pedunculated) it is not necessary to cut into the uterus to cut the stalk. Unless the fibroid is on the outside surface of the uterus, the uterus is repaired, usually with sutures. One of
Are there any women out there who continue to experience uterine fibroid problems even after menopause?
I refuse to give in to surgery (including embolization) so I am forever looking for holistic approaches to defeat this horrible curse. My fibroids are not painful, but they are large and uncomfortable and I can’t zip up my clothes. They have made my life miserable. Stress agitates them terribly. Any success stories?
Fibroids are affected by your hormones, thus once in menopause they should decrease in size.
If you’re fibroids cause you to bleed heavily …this could make you anemic…it’s something to watch for…
check-out the site below…Irene watched her fibroids with her doc.’s o.k.~
Abnormal uterine bleeding and fibroids?
My 48 year old mom’s been bleeding for over a year now. Her periods became irregular. Sometimes she can’t even tell if it’s her period or just abnormal bleeding. We thought it was menopause at first, which may have something to do with it. But she got some tests done and was diagnosed with fibroids. But they didn’t need treatment at that time according to the doctor. She’s become anemic since then coz of the bleeding. Sometimes it’s very little and sometimes it’s really heavy with many clots coming out. Now, i’m thinking she should get treatment for this, it’s really disturbing sometimes.
Can fibroids get more serious if not treated?
If not treated they can get very big. If they get too big the best is really to get a hysterectomy if she is done having children. So I would have her go to a gynecologist and maybe talk about this option. There is also uterine artery embolization. I have attached the website for you to look at that.
Am i going through menopause?
For about 2 years ive been spotting between my periods, basicly i was bleeding every other week and my doctor told me it was uterine fibroids, she presribed me a vaginal gel called metronidavole and it cause me to have a white tissue like substance come out of me while i was using the bathroom, could i be going through menopause or does this sound like something else? Help please!
You did not say how old you are, not that it matters as menopause can come at almost any age after 20+. If you are spotting and the doctor gave you a gel have the fibroids shrunk? Has it stopped the spotting? I do not know how often you go to your gynecologist for a check-up, but fibroids have to be monitored to see if they grow or not. Spotting has to be checked if its not a sign for other problems. If your doctor has not sent you for a pap smear or some other procedure to rule out any other problems you might want to consider changing your doctor or going for a 2nd opinion.
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