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How To Treat Fibroids Naturally

how to treat fibroids naturallyFibroids in the uterus are tumors attached to the muscular walls of the womb. Around 20 to 50 percent of women have had fibroids at some time in their lives[1] and may be seeking how to treat fibroids naturally.

Risk Factors

  1. Age. Fibroids are common in women ages 35 years and older but they tend to get smaller after menopause. They are less likely to appear in women ages 20 and younger.
  2. Ethnicity. Studies show that African-American women are three times more likely to have fibroids[2] than Caucasian women.
  3. Body weight. If you are overweight, then you are more susceptible to fibroids. For instance, women with higher BMIs have a 2-3 times greater risk for fibroids. In addition, estrogen aids fibroid growth and overweight women have higher estrogen levels.
  4. Childbearing. Nulliparous women (never have given birth) and women who started puberty younger are at a higher risk of developing fibroids.
  5. Fertility. Many infertile women have fibroids. Statistics show that 5 to 10 percent of infertile women have fibroids[3].
Generally, fibroids in uterus do not cause serious pregnancy problems. Consequently, who suffer from this have the same conception difficulties as any regular woman and have comparable pregnancy rates. Fibroids only account for two to three percent of all infertility cases.

When Fibroids Become Problematic

Fibroids only become damaging when they block a fallopian tube or when they occupy a large area of the uterus. In the former, it prevents sperm from reaching the egg cell. In the latter, it prevents the embryo from implanting into the uterine wall. Fibroids can also increase the chances of miscarriage. Premature labor is also more likely in women with fibroids that haven't been treated.

Fibroids can also contribute to incorrect positioning of the baby in the womb – that is, your baby may not be positioned to emerge head first. With fibroids, your risk of cesarean delivery is higher. Fibroids are less likely to lead to complications such as placental abruption or postpartum hemorrhage.

Surgical treatments for fibroids in uterus include hysterectomy and myomectomy.

Hysterectomy and Myomectomy

During a hysterectomy, the surgeon removes the uterus. After the hysterectomy, you can no longer bear children. Plus, risks are linked to this procedure. Around 1 out of every 5 women who undergo this procedure can suffer an infection. Around 1 out of every 15 women can hemorrhage. And about 1 out of 100 women can sustain damages to their pelvic organs with one woman in 200 dying during the procedure.

Myomectomy is a procedure that removes fibroids from the uterine cavity whilst leaving the uterus intact. With myomectomy, you are still able to bear children. However, the surgery doesn't guarantee a successful conception. Statistics show only 5 successful pregnancies in every 10 women who underwent myomectomy. Also, the risks of internal bleeding are much higher.

In addition, you are more susceptible to complications like infections and blood clots. Also, there's a 50 percent chance that fibroids will grow back after the procedure which is why you may want to know how to treat fibroids naturally as an alternative. This is more common when more than three fibroids are removed during the first myomectomy.

Also, it is possible that the surgery may cause adhesions and may negatively impact fertility[3]. Overall, experts say that there is insufficient evidence on the benefits of myomectomy for fertility[4]. If your fibroids are small and are not causing any difficulties, it is best to leave them alone and have regular checkups. There are many ways on how to treat fibroids naturally including herbs and supplements which can help your body shrink fibroids.

How to Treat Fibroids Naturally

  1. Be careful with what you eat. Maintain a healthy weight because estrogen levels rise with body mass. Remember, estrogen encourages fibroid growth.
  2. Eat phytoestrogen-rich foods like linseeds, chickpeas, and lentils. Phytoestrogens lower excessive estrogen levels by reducing estrogen binding.
  3. Eat foods rich in complex carbohydrates and fiber. Vegetables, fruits, nuts, seed, and whole grains are some examples of how to treat fibroids naturally.
  4. Minimize your intake of processed foods. They contain saturated fat, preservatives, artificial sweeteners, and additives which are detrimental to your health and some can act as xenoestrogens making your condition worse.
  5. Drink a minimum of eight glasses of purified water a day.
  6. Eat less red meat and dairy foods as often as possible. According to studies, these foods contain arachidonic acid. Arachidonic acid may exacerbate inflammation, increase blood pressure, and lessen blood clotting.
A healthy diet and a healthy lifestyle are the safest and cheapest ways how to treat fibroids naturally in uterus.

Do you have fibroids? Have you used natural treatments? Let me know your thoughts on how to treat fibroids naturally!

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About the Author: Iva Keene MRMed. ND. - Natural Fertility Specialist

Iva Keene is co-founder, creator and award-winning author of the NFP Program and director of Natural-Fertility-Prescription.com. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Health Science in Naturopathy and a Master Degree in Reproductive Medicine. She has been a qualified and internationally accredited Naturopathic Physician for over 15 years. Since founding NFP in 2008, Iva’s articles, videos, guides, and reports have reached over 1.3 million people. Iva has dedicated her professional life to supporting couples on their path to parenthood with scientifically grounded information, protocols, and coaching around preconception care, natural infertility treatments, and integrative reproductive health.