Uterine fibroids or fibroids as they are commonly called are growths that are found in the uterine tissues. Fibroids are growths that are not cancerous but do affect the tissue of the uterus. Some studies estimate that up to 75 percent of women may have one or more fibroids during the course of their child bearing years. Other names for fibroids are fibromyomas, leiomyomas or myomas. They can vary in size and placement in the uterus. Because of the variation in size and location they may not cause any symptoms or they may cause several symptoms that can interrupt the daily activities of the woman who has them. Women who do have symptoms associated with fibroids can have problems like heavy bleeding during their periods that might last more than seven days at a time. They may have pelvic pressure or pain especially leading up to and through the period. The pain may also be in the lower back or radiate down the leg. If there are large fibroids in the back of the uterus it could cause constipation. If there are large fibroid in the front of the uterus it could cause problems with frequent urination or difficulty emptying the bladder. Some fibroids can cause pain with intercourse as well.
Fibroids are influenced by estrogens and progesterones and as a result they tend to reduce in size or disappear after menopause. Because fibroids are influenced by hormones if a hormonal imbalance is detected balancing the hormones can significantly reduce the size of the fibroid and improve the symptoms associated with them. This is one of my first steps of treatment in my practice for women who are suffering from symptoms associated with fibroids. Balancing the estrogen and progesterone balance in women can sometimes be managed by increasing the fiber and the good oil content in their diets. If a patient is overweight or obese teaching them to release the extra weight and keep it off can also improve hormonal balance because excess fat cells increase the estrogen levels in the body. All fibroids may not be managed by diet or alternative treatments and removal may be the best option for some women.