For any woman that has fibroids that are impacting the quality of your life, I want to help. Today I want to give you some practical lifestyle advice to help manage fibroid symptoms to get the quality of your life back.
Let’s refresh ourselves on fibroids and their symptoms.
Fibroids are a benign growth or multiple growths that develop in any area of the uterus. Uterine fibroids which are also known as leiomyoma, fibromyoma or myoma may be asymptomatic or cause multiple debilitating symptoms.
Common symptoms that may send you to a doctor are heavy menstrual bleeding during a period, including blood clots at times or bleeding in between periods, and menstrual periods that last longer than a normal period.
Painful pelvic cramping or extreme pain during periods is another symptom you might experience. Other location-dependent symptoms are frequent urination, pain druing intercourse, or infertility.
I have had great success managing the growth of fibroids by balancing the female hormones. Fibroid growth is usually dependent on one hormone, estrogen.
The more estrogen is out of balance with the other female hormones, especially progesterone, the faster these slow-growing benign tumors grow. Management is easiest for a woman who has a single small fibroid or multiple small fibroids, or a woman that had fibroids removed and doesn’t want them to grow back.
Here are ways to manage estrogen. First keep a healthy weight. Excess fat acts as an added source of estrogen in the body. If you have extra weight and you are able to lose it you will reduce the excess estrogen.
While you might not want to hear this one, birth control pills all have estrogen in them. Some have a combination of estrogen and progesterone. If you already have an estrogen imbalance, then taking birth control pills would create more of an increase and could cause fibroids to grow.
Next eat plant-based foods, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans. Plant-based foods support the body’s ability to eliminate toxins and excess estrogens in the body.
There are many industrial compounds that mimic estrogen effects in the body. They are called xenoestrogens.