You’re in your 40s and you’ve noticed your hormones are changing.
Your periods have gotten much heavier and your pants are feeling much tighter, so you went to your doctor to get checked out. After blood tests and an ultrasound, the results came back and you have fibroids. You’re also anemic from your heavy periods, which has become a big problem. You don’t know why this is happening to you… you’re bloated, crampy and tired and you just want your body back.
Depending on the size and the severity of your symptoms, your doctor may recommend that you wait and see how your symptoms progress. They might also suggest that you try an IUD or other hormonal medications to shrink the fibroids. If your fibroids are large and you’re anemic you might be advised to get a uterine artery embolisation or surgery to remove them, with the possibility of a hysterectomy.
There was no mention of natural treatments and you’re wondering if any exist. At this point you want to learn more about fibroids… why they’re there, and what you can do before you go forward with a treatment option. Although you need to figure it out fairly soon because living with your symptoms has become a real challenge
You’re not alone.
In fact, about 30% of women get fibroids by age 35 and almost 80% of women will have had fibroids by age 50. This makes Uterine fibroids are the most common tumor of the reproductive tract.
Which is why I wanted to write this article. So many women struggle with fibroids but lack the information they need to confidently work with a holistic protocol to reduce, shrink and prevent fibroids from growing.
So what can you do? Is it possible to get relief from your symptoms without medication or surgery? I will answer these questions here on the blog.
What are fibroids?
Fibroids, or myomas, are benign muscular tumors that grow in the wall of the uterus. In the rare case that a fibroid becomes cancerous it is called a sarcoma. To get an idea of how fibroids can impact your reproductive system, it’s helpful to know where they can grow:
Intramural fibroids (the most common type) grow within the muscular uterine wall.
Subserosal fibroids grow within the tissues surrounding the uterus.
Submucosal fibroids push into the uterine cavity. It is usually found in the muscle beneath the inner lining of the wall.
Cervical fibroids are found specifically in the muscles of the cervix.
From this info you can see how your the symptoms you experience are dependent on how large and where the fibroid(s) are located. For your reference, symptoms of fibroids include:
- Heavy or prolonged periods (menorrhagia)
- Anemia from heavy periods
- Bleeding between periods
- Pelvic pain and pressure
- Enlargement of the lower abdomen
- Frequent urination
- Low back pain
- Pain during intercourse
- Difficulty getting pregnant
What causes fibroids?
Studies have shown if other women in your family had/have fibroids, you are more susceptible to fibroids. African American women are also more likely to have fibroids.
But ultimately, fibroids grow in an estrogenic environment. For example, when estrogen levels are high, especially during pregnancy, fibroids tend to swell. They are also more likely to develop when a woman is taking birth control pills that contain estrogen. So if your doctor told you to go on the pill to reduce your fibroids, make sure to get a second opinion. In addition, women who struggle with excess body fat or obesity are more likely to have fibroids. Fat cells produce estrogen on their own, so more fat cells = more estrogen.
But if you’re over 40, average weight, not pregnant and not on the pill, what’s going on? At this age you might be transitioning into perimenopause, where anovulatory cycles become more frequent. When you don’t ovulate, estrogen goes on an up-then-down roller coaster ride, and progesterone production slows.
So how do we treat fibroids naturally?
Nutrition and supplements can be used to stop and reverse the growth of fibroids. This method is the backbone of our signature course, the Complete Period Relief Solution. Here’s what’s included:
#1 Detox Estrogen- as discussed above, fibroids thrive on estrogen. We understand how estrogen is produced, metabolized and finally removed from the body and we include nutritional elements to support this natural process. Learn more about how we do this on this blog post here and here.
#2 Build Progesterone- progesterone is needed to balance estrogen levels. Food provides the building blocks for the body to make hormones, so including foods that are high in the nutrients that are needed for progesterone ensures that the body can do its job. Read more about our approach to healing low progesterone here and here.
#3 Balance Blood Sugar- high insulin levels may increase the growth of fibroids, so make sure to minimize refined sugars and maintain blood sugar balance with every meal. Learn more about optimal macros here.
#4 Include Key Micronutrients- for example, an iodine deficiency may increase fibroid growth. It’s essential to get all the micronutrients needed for optimal women’s health.
Following a food-based protocol (that means breakfast, lunch and dinner with a few key supplements) should get you relief from your symptoms within 3 months, and you will feel better within a months time.
If you want to use this approach to reduce your fibroids and get relief from your other symptoms naturally, we can help you through our program, the Complete Period Relief Solution. Contact us here to set up a free call where we can determine if the program and approach are a good fit for you
Note: If you want to continue reading about our approach to heal anemia, check out our article on the topic here.