Uterine Fibroids are the commonest occurring tumours in the female population especially in dark-skinned and African-America women (50%). And according to statistics, more than 80% of women within the age bracket of 20 – 35 years have fibroids in their womb.
What are Fibroids?
Fibroids could be associated with the following names:
• Leiomyoma (lie-o-my-O-ma)
• Or simply, uterine fibroids.
They are benign (non-cancerous) tumours of the smooth muscle of the endometrium (uterus).
Fibroids occur when a single muscle cell in the wall of the uterus multiples and grows to form a non-cancerous tumour, by so doing changing the normal structure, design, shape and size of the uterus and maybe.
What are Causes of Uterine Fibroids?
According medical science, the cause of uterine fibroids is unknown, but recent studies have been linked it to environment toxins (xenoestrogen), racial or genetic factors.
Ideally, fibroids growth is fueled by the dominant female hormone, estrogen hormone, in a non-menopausal woman of childbearing age.
To buttress this, for a reproductive-age woman that has never gotten pregnant, it is said that the monthly regular secretion of estrogen hormone into her uterus will at a point trigger abnormal tissue growth, leading to fibroids tumour.
Other Factors Linked to Uterine Fibroids:
• Use of certain domestic plastic (BPA chemical)
• Synthetic hormones present in meat and dairy products
• Hormone replacement therapy (eg; contraceptive and birth control pills containing synthetic estrogens)
• Poor estrogen metabolism (hormonal imbalance)
• Caffeine-laden coffee (methylxanthines)
All the above listed causative factors have strong affinity for estrogen receptors in the womb and are commonly called “Estrogen Mimickerslled “Estrogen Mimickers” because they mimic the action of the body’s estrogen when the body is overly exposed to it, or when consumed through food, leading to estrogen dominance.
Types of Uterine Fibroids:
Fibroids are identified according to their sites of occurrence in the womb. And there are commonly 3 main types of fibroids based on their specific locations:
1. Subserosal fibroids:
This occurs outer the wall of the uterus (55%) and quite common, sometimes may have a stalk, commonly known as Pedunculated fibroid. Usually, this type will not hinder conception but will eventually grow into a huge mass like a basketball, if not treated.
2. Intramural Fibroids:
This type is found in the middle layer of the uterine wall or womb (40%), and can hugely grow and expand thereby compressing the urinary bladder and related organs resulting to pressure symptoms (frequent urination).
3. Submucosal Fibroids (5%):
This type grows from under the first layer of the womb (uterine cavity) and this particularly is responsible for fibroids-related infertility problems, miscarriages and heavy menstrual bleeding.
How Do Uterine Fibroids Cause Infertility?
Fibroids can result to infertility in a woman struggling to conceive through a variety of ways:
• By changing the shape of the uterus thereby interfering with the movement of the male sperm or female egg.
• By blocking the fallopian tubes, and so doing blocking the movement of the sperm and egg.
• By changing the structure and shape of the cervix hindering sperm movement into the womb.
• A huge fibroid can hinder implantation resulting to miscarriage.
• Fibroids compete with the uterus for blood, thus reducing blood flow to a developing embryo, resulting to miscarriage.
Other Uterine Fibroids Complications:
• Intra uterine growth restriction (low birth weight)
• Premature rupture of membrane (premature leakage of amniotic fluid)
• Post-partum haemorrhage (bleeding after delivery)
• Retained placenta
• Premature labour etc.
Symptoms & Signs of Uterine Fibroids:
Many women may never know they have seedlings of fibroids because they are actually without symptoms.
The following are symptoms of a complicated fibroids:
1. Heavy menstrual flow:
This is common with the submucosal-type fibroids due to the increased surface area of the uterine cavity where bleeding occurs.
2. Abdominal swelling:
A woman with massive fibroids will complain of an increased swelling of her abdomen, showing that the tumours have become really big.
3. Irregular bleeding:
This is mostly accompanied by a menstrual flow which indicates the presence of a fibroid polyp or when a submucosal fibroid has become ulcerated (or ruptured).
4. Pressure symptoms:
A huge fibroid mass can compress nearby organs like the urinary bladder and bowels, lymphatics, veins, nerves leading to frequency in urination, constipation, swelling of the legs, varicose veins and lower abdominal pain during sex, respectively.
Cure & Treatment Options for Uterine Fibroids:
Medically, no treatment is required if the fibroids are symptomless, but for a woman trying to conceive and worried about this problem, the following options are commonly used to treat fibroids:
Medical/Surgical option 1:
For bulky and symptomatic fibroids, gynaecologists would perform a special surgical procedure called myomectomy, to selective remove the fibroids so to prevent anemia and other pressure symptoms.
However, the disadvantage with this option is the re-growths of another of fibroid tumours even after several repeated surgeries, this option WILL NOT offer a total cure.
Medical/Surgical option 2:
Second surgical procedure for treating a massive and complicated uterine fibroids is hysterectomy, the total removal of the entire pelvic organs i.e, the womb, fallopian tubes and ovaries, this option is open for women who longer desires pregnancy or family.
Natural Cure/Home Therapy:
Evidence-based case studies have shown that all kinds of uterine fibroids can be cured using naturally remedies without surgery or other medical intervention. A natural remedy that will cure uterine fibroids will have the following natural combination therapies:
1. Fertility Detox to eliminate the root cause of uterine fibroids:
Such as environmental and reproductive toxins; synthetic hormones (estrogen dominance). Cleanse and detoxify the liver and the bowels from these toxins:
• Chlorinated solutions
• Domestic plastics used in wrapping and packaging foods
• Commercial fruit drinks
• Red meat
• Processed foods etc.
2. Antioxidants and High Fiber Diet so shrink fibroids without re-growths:
Prevent pressure symptoms and potential miscarriages. The right combination of anti-fibroids natural blends will achieve this in all kinds of fibroids.
3. Castor oil massage exercise:
Exercise and natural therapy will help increase lymphocytes (disease-fighting cells); eliminate disease-causing toxins from the body through fertility exercise regimen (fertility massage) like as castor oil therapy.
Castor oil Massage Procedure:
• Saturate a piece of wood flannel in castor oil
• Place the castor-oil soaked piece of wool on your abdominal and cover with plastic wrap (nylon sheet)
• Place heating pad or hot water bottle on it and cover with an old towel
• Leave it there up to 1 hour, then remove later
• Repeat procedure 3-4 weekly at least one month or until you see improvements!
Castor oil massage should not be performed during menstruation or during ovulation because uterine fibroids are hormones-dependent and are caused by xenoestrogen (synthetic or exogenous estrogen), and will require a systematic and step by step approach to be eliminated permanently ideally “over 3-4 months period” depending on the size of the fibroids.
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