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Home Remedies for Uterine Fibroids

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Uterine fibroids are muscular tumors (almost always non-cancerous) that develop inside the walls of the uterus. Your doctor may refer to this condition using the term leiomyoma or just myoma.

The symptoms of uterine fibroids can be very light to very painful. In fact, some women may not even know that they have them until a pelvic exam. However, when symptoms manifest themselves, they are often very difficult and annoying to deal with, which is why home remedies are a common treatment.

Symptoms of uterine fibroids include:

  • Painful periods that may cause significant bleeding. (in the most serious cases this can lead to anemia.)
  • You tend to have to urinate more often.
  • Discomfort during sexual intercourse.
  • The lower abdomen may feel enlarged.
  • You may develop complications while pregnant or in labor. (Fibroids increase the risk of a C-section by 6X)

The causes of fibroids vary individually, but the two leading causes are due to genetics and hormonal imbalances. As women go through menopause, the risk of developing fibroids increases. In fact, most cases of fibroids occur when women are between the ages of 30 and 45. Other causes include obesity and bad eating habits.

Home Remedies for Uterine Fibroids

To get rid of fibroids using natural techniques, the best option is to increase your amount of exercise. It will also help to eat healthier, including more green vegetables and less red meat. To relieve yourself of symptoms, try heating castor oil so that it is warm and apply it to the abdomen area. Some herbs such as milk thistle or dandelion root have been popular in relieving pain. See my review below of the best home treatment programs that are full of many more techniques to naturally rid yourself of fibroids.

How To Treat Uterine Fibroids

The treatment you receive will depend greatly on what symptoms you are having as well as how old you are, the size and location of the fibroids, and your future plans on conceiving a child. Doctors will commonly prescribe a low dosage of birth control pills, or in more serious cases a drug known as Lupron. Lupron is used to help shrink fibroids and provide temporary relief. In most severe cases, surgery is called upon but it is not generally recommend for women looking to get pregnant in the future. There is what is called a myomectomy, which removes the fibroids without damaging the healthy tissue in the uterus which, if successful, will allow a woman to become pregnant in the future. Other surgery options are a hysterectomy or endometiral ablation. A hysterectomy is performed to remove the uterus, which will then cure and prevent future fibroid growth. Endometrial ablations just removes the lining of the uterus, which will then prevent future bouts of intense bleeding.

Home Remedies for Yeast Infection

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Yeast infection is one of the common problems that may affect the female genitalia. Around 90 percent of women have experienced this problem at some point. Yeast infection is known in the medical world as Candidiasis. The name is derived from the bacteria responsible for the infection- the candida albicans. Candida Albicans grow in moist body parts, like the mouth and the vagina. Yeast brings discomfort as it causes an itching and burning sensation. When you have a yeast infection, urinating can become very painful. You will also have thick and white vaginal discharge. If not medicated, yeast may pose a serious threat to your health. It is imperative to cure this condition at its early stages. It is better to use safe, natural home remedies for yeast.

Yeast infection can be controlled and prevented by maintaining the right amount of acid in the vagina. When a woman becomes pregnant, her body encounters many changes. This includes changes in acidity levels. This makes pregnant women prone to yeast growth. Hormonal imbalance, even among non-pregnant women, can trigger yeast growth. Sexually active women are particularly prone to this disease. Yeast growth can be developed by repeated intercourse in a short period of time. The usual practice of using oral contraceptives in preventing pregnancy may have many side effects, depending on how the body responds. This again includes yeast infection. Natural home remedies are effective in easing away the throbbing that you feel when experiencing a yeast infection. More importantly, these natural ingredients kill the bacteria responsible for the infection.

The itching caused by this infection can be unbearable. It brings so much discomfort. To ease this, use boric acid capsules. Boric acid is also known as boracic acid and orthoboric acid. This is used as an antiseptic. To cure a yeast infection, you need to insert capsules of boric acid. This results in quick to relief from itching caused by infection.

Apple cider vinegar is good in killing bacteria. You can use this as a feminine wash. Observe how the infected area improves during the use of this home remedy. It is good to use this until the affected area completely heals. You can add garlic cloves to the apple cider vinegar to control itching.

Tea tree oil has a lot of medicinal benefits. It is even effective in healing yeast infection. You can apply this to the area as often as possible. Alternatively, you can use a tampon in using tea tree oil. Just soak the tampon in a bottle of tea tree oil. Insert the tampon. Repeat for three to four nights. This is one of the commonly used home remedies for yeast infection.

Another alternative is using a solution of Potassium Sorbate diluted in water. With a pint of water, pour in 15 grams of Potassium Sorbate. You can use this solution to wash your vaginal area. A more efficient way of applying the mixture is to use tampon. Similar to the use of tea tree oil, soak the tampon in the pint of mixture and insert it in the vagina.

Infection can be reduced by doing a salt hip bath. Epsom salt is used for killing bacteria and in relaxing the affected area. Pour a few tablespoons of epsom salt into a warm water. Use this for hipbathing.

Very tight clothing can cause discomfort. It can also affect the moisture in your private area. It is advised to use cotton panties instead of nylon. Most importantly, good hygiene is imperative. Make it a habit to wash your private area with feminine wash that is dermatologically tested to maintain the right balance. When affected by a yeast infection, resort first to natural home remedies. They are effective, easy, and safe.