Fibroids are non-cancerous tumours that grow in or around the womb (uterus). The growths are made up of muscle and fibrous tissue and can vary in size. Fibroids are sometimes known as uterine myomas or fibromyomas. One in five women in the US has at least some evidence of fibroids with most occurring in women in their 30s and 40s. Fibroids are usually form, spherical lumps that often occur in groups. They are of varying sizes, usually described in terms of vegetables and fruit – pea, lemon, apple, cantaloupe etc.
They can grow near the outer surface of the uterus, as well as near the inner lining of the uterus. They normally shrink in size after menopause.
Many women are unaware that they have fibroids as they do not have any symptoms. This often means that fibroids are diagnosed by chance during a routine gynaecological examination, test or scan. If they are suspected, your licensed healthcare practitioner will recommend more tests, such as an ultrasound scan, to confirm fibroids. In very rare cases complications caused by fibroids can affect pregnancy or cause infertility.
Types of Fibroids
Fibroids can grow anywhere in the womb. The five main types of fibroids are described below.
- Intramural fibroids develop in the muscle wall of the womb and they are the most common type of fibroids found in women.
- Subserosal fibroids grow outside the wall of the womb into the pelvis and can become very large.
- Submucosal fibroids develop in the muscle beneath the inner lining of the womb wall and they grow into the middle of the womb.
- Pedunculated fibroids grow from the outside wall of the womb and are attached to the womb wall by a narrow stalk.
- Cervical fibroids develop in the wall of the cervix (the neck of the womb).
Many women are unaware they have fibroids because they do not have any symptoms. However, it is usual for around one woman in three with fibroids to experiences some problems which could indicate that fibroids are present. These include:
Heavy or painful periods
Fibroids do not disrupt the normal menstrual cycle (periods), but they can cause heavy or painful bleeding.
If you have heavy periods (menorrhagia), it does not necessarily mean that there is anything seriously wrong. However, it can have a significant impact on your everyday life and lead to anxiety and depression.
In some cases, heavy periods can cause iron-deficiency anaemia, resulting in symptoms such as tiredness, lethargy and shortness of breath (dyspnoea).
If you have fibroids, particularly if you have large ones, you may experience discomfort or bloating (swelling) in your stomach. You may also experience pain in your lower back and legs. If a fibroid grows rapidly, it may outstrip its nutritional supply from nearby blood vessels, resulting in the degeneration and death of the oxygen-deprived tissue, and severe abdominal pain may result.
Frequent urination and constipation
If your fibroids press on your bladder, you may need to urinate frequently. Fibroids can also press on your rectum (large intestine), which can cause constipation.
Pain or discomfort during sex
If you have fibroids growing near to your vagina or cervix (neck of the womb) you may experience pain or discomfort during sexual intercourse (dyspareunia).
The exact cause of fibroids is unknown. However, fibroids are linked to the female hormone, oestrogen. Oestrogen is the female reproductive hormone produced by the ovaries (the female reproductive organs). Fibroids usually develop during a woman’s reproductive years (from approximately 16 to 50 years of age).
Fibroids tend to increase in size when oestrogen levels are at their highest, such as during pregnancy. They are also known to shrink when oestrogen levels are low, such as after the menopause (when a woman’s monthly periods stop at around 50 years of age). Birth control pills with high levels of oestrogen and oestrogen-related medication for menopause symptoms can also accelerate tumour growth.
Here are the foods to avoid at all costs.
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Eliminate Coffee Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef.
www.grasslandbeef.com/StoreFront.bok?affld=104400 The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day http:///
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here www.kevintrudeaudailylifesessentials.com/
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
- Vitamin A – One study showed that 92% of women who were given vitamin A found that their heavy bleeding was either cured or alleviated.
- B6, is needed for the production of beneficial prostaglandins which help reduce abnormal blood clotting.
- Vitamin C – to strengthen capillaries, reducing heavy bleeding.
- Zinc – to balance hormones
- Iron – to combat anaemia for those with heavy blood loss.
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually dis-ease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
- Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
- . Find out more by clicking here
- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – www.ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here (link) or go to www.thetappingsolution.com orwww.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
Fibroids and stress: hcp.obgyn.net/fibroids/content/article/1760982/1900166
Fibroids – a natural cure:www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-34274/Is-natural-cure-fibroids.html
Herbs and fibroids: www.fwhc.org/health/fibroids-help.htm
Fibroids by herbalist Susun Weed: www.wheelsoflight.org/custom/index.cfm?ID=106473
Reiki and the fibroid initiative: fibroidinitiative.com/reiki/
How to prevent and eliminate fibroids naturally: /www.naturalnews.com/028105_Fibroids_remedies.html
Ayurvedic home remedy for treating fibroids: www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFafdv7hH3c
Yoga for a healthy menstrual cycle and to help with fibroids: www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuhYnDg-E8c
Traditional Chinese Medicine and fibroids: www.besthealthcures.com/25072/Using_Traditional_Chinese_Medicine_to_Treat_Fibroids.html
Acupuncture and fibroids: www.ehow.com/video_4954737_acupuncture-fibroid-prevention-tips.html
Natural treatments shrink fibroids: www.naturalnews.com/029820_fibroid_tumors_shrink.html
Fibre-rich diets aid fibroid prevention: www.naturalnews.com/035004_fibroids_fiber_diet.html
Vitamin D shrinks fibroids: www.naturalnews.com/035234_vitamin_D_fibroids_tumors.html
Further Information (links and books)
A Doctor’s Guide to a Natural Cure by Allan Warshowsky, M.D. and Elena Oumano, PhD
Andrea Butje | Aromahead [email protected] – aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt [email protected] – organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA [email protected] – meditation, stress
judith hoad [email protected] – herbalist.
Kath May [email protected] – reiki, tai chi.
Lillian Bridges [email protected] – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika [email protected] – aromatherapy.
Rakesh [email protected] – Ayurvedic Practitioner.