If you have received a diagnosis confirming that you have uterine fibroids, then you are probably thinking carefully about what types of treatment might suit you best and perhaps considering if natural fibroid treatment could work for you. Your uterine fibroids did not just “happen” without a cause and there is a belief that if you follow the right path to eliminate what caused them to grow in the first place that you can reverse the growth and bring about a fibroid-free environment.
Concern about this very common condition is something which many women share. Although it is not known exactly what percentage of women have fibroids, some experts estimate it to be as high as 75%, although many are symptomless and therefore women will be unaware of their presence.
For the unfortunate minority, this is most certainly not the case. With uncomfortable and often intolerable symptoms including pelvic pressure and pain, heavy bleeding, pain during intercourse, fertility issues and bowel and bladder problems becoming part of everyday life. This is not to mention the emotional distress which such a condition can cause.
It is vital that you understand that your response to this condition is unique. No matter how many other women have fibroids and how they have coped (or not), this should not influence your decisions. If you need to decide whether to try a certain treatment or simply use a “watchful waiting” type of approach, this needs to be right for you.
For the vast majority of women, fibroids are not dangerous. This gives a certain degree of flexibility as regards to treatment, with an increasing number of women trying out natural fibroid treatment before resorting to more invasive approaches. Historically benign conditions such as uterine fibroids have accounted for the vast majority of hysterectomies but increasingly both doctors and women are realizing that other options may well be better and certainly tried first before such a drastic step.
When considering your own options, you will need to think about and reflect upon what is important to you in terms of your lifestyle, your personal state of health, emotional well-being, fertility and sexuality.
What Are Fibroids?
Fibroids are growths which are almost always non-cancerous and appear within the muscle and connective tissue of the uterus. They can grow inside or outside of the uterus and even within the wall of the cervix. Some women will just have one, whereas some will have several. They can grow singly or in clusters and can vary considerably in size. A fibroid can be very tiny, or grow as large as a small melon in some cases. Over time, fibroids will usually increase in size although the rate of growth seems to depend on the individual.
Who Is Likely To Get Fibroids?
Fibroids are very common and develop in many women of reproductive age, but most commonly between the ages of 30-50. Afro-Caribbean women and those who are overweight seem to have a greater tendency to develop them, as do women who have not had children.
Natural Fibroid Treatment Strategies
The theory behind natural fibroid treatment is that by eliminating the root causes, then fibroids cannot survive. There are a number of reasons why fibroids grow in an individual and it is rarely down to one single cause.
Strategies will always include dietary modification as eating the correct foods is an integral part of treatment. What you eat can make all the difference between balanced and imbalanced hormones. Of course, this is a very wide ranging subject and you will need to consider not only what to eat, but what to avoid, the quantities you eat, hydration and dietary supplementation.
It is also important to ensure that the body is cleansed internally. Many alternative practitioners believe that toxins can be stored within the body long-term and that these can contribute to conditions such as fibroids, ovarian cysts and endometriosis. In particular, estrogen-like substances can become deep-seated within the liver and cannot be eliminated by the body’s normal processes.
Other areas to address include managing stress, as high levels can have a physical response, causing hormonal imbalances and the type and amount of exercise you do on a regular basis. In addition, managing the symptoms of fibroids to give you fast relief is also a very important aspect of treatment.
Is Natural Fibroid Treatment Easy?
If you are attempting to follow an ad-hoc set of instructions, gleaned from articles and general advice on the internet, then you will probably find the whole process confusing. The actual steps required are not difficult as such, but it is fair to say that some women will find the protocols difficult to adhere to as it will inevitably require you carefully manage your diet, probably meaning you will have to cut out foods which you previously enjoyed.
However, if you are prepared to make these changes for a relatively small period of time, you could potentially avoid surgery or years of unpleasant symptoms and for many women, the effort of using natural fibroid treatment and making the changes required is a small price to pay.
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