ULTRASOUND SERIES: FIBROIDS
Uterine fibroids, also known as Leiomyomas will develop in an approximately 20-40% of women in their reproductive years.
Fibroids are sold benign tumours that grow in the uterine muscle (myometrium). These benign lesions can be associated pelvic pain and discomfort and also increased urinary frequency and bowel disruptions (if they grow large enough). They can also linked with abnormal bleeding, specifically submucosal fibroids because of their association with the uterine lining (endometrium) (approximately 10% fibroids are submucosal in nature). Fibroids can also cause distortion of the uterus, depending on their size and positioning.
Fibroids and heavy bleeding tend to go hand in hand, because they are both caused by estrogen excess (after all that’s estrogen’s job, to thicken the uterine lining, in this case, there’s just too much of it). Conventionally, if causing menstrual disturbances, a myomectomy or hysterectomy is often recommended.
FIBROIDS CAN BE DIFFICULT TO TREAT, SO PREVENTION IS KEY.
However, before resulting to surgical intervention, there are a few things that can be implemented to make fibroids more manageable, naturally.
We can start by addressing the cause: ESTROGEN EXCESS.
Some ways we can address estrogen excess include, ridding your body of the hormonal contraceptive pill, reducing alcohol and reducing exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals (all of which are linked with excess estrogen). Working on maintaining a healthy gut bacteria can also assist in ensuring any excess estrogen is effectively removed from the body, through the bowel.
If you have fibroids, it’s a sign that there is a hormonal imbalance, i.e. high estrogen and often low progesterone. In regards to fertility, pregnancy rate and miscarraige rate may be affected, however again this will depend on the location and size of the fibroids. The fact that there is a hormonal imbalance means there is something not quite right. Fibroids are common, but not normal. Address the cause and your fertility will thank you for it.
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