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I have uterine fibroids. Is there anything that I can drink or take to reduce the blood flow?

By Anonymous June 24, 2016 - 12:30pm
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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER. I am glad you came to us with your question. The simple answer is no.

Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths of the uterus that often appear during childbearing years. Also called leiomyomas or myomas, uterine fibroids aren't associated with an increased risk of uterine cancer and almost never develop into cancer.

Uterine fibroids develop from the smooth muscular tissue of the uterus. A single cell divides repeatedly, eventually creating a firm, rubbery mass distinct from nearby tissue. The growth patterns of uterine fibroids vary. They may grow slowly or rapidly, or they may remain the same size. Some fibroids go through growth spurts, and some may shrink on their own. Many fibroids that have been present during pregnancy shrink or disappear after pregnancy, as the uterus goes back to a normal size.

Medications for uterine fibroids target hormones that regulate your menstrual cycle, treating symptoms such as heavy menstrual bleeding and pelvic pressure. They don't eliminate fibroids, but may shrink them.

MRI-guided focused ultrasound surgery (FUS) is a noninvasive treatment option for uterine fibroids that preserves your uterus, requires no incision and is done on an outpatient basis.

Certain procedures can destroy uterine fibroids without actually removing them through surgery.

So far, there's no scientific evidence to support the effectiveness of alternative treatments, such as specific dietary recommendations, enzymes, hormone creams or homeopathy.


June 24, 2016 - 12:51pm
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