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.