Uterine Fibroids are tumors (i.e. swellings) of the uterine wall that are
almost always benign. They are extremely common being present in up to 40%
of women at the time of death. Just being present does not mean they cause
any problems for the woman.
The types of problems they can cause include:
pain or pressure problems
problems from being so big they take up too much room in the abdomen and press on
infertility and pregnancy problems
Fibroids occur where muscle cells grow into an abnormal ball of cells that
feel like gristle in the muscle of the uterus. They start as a single cell
and can grow to the size of a full term pregnancy. There can be a single
fibroid or multiple fibroids. They can be located in different areas of the
uterus, each with different significance to the patient.
The natural history of fibroids helps us to understand our holistic
treatment protocol. Fibroids feed off estrogen hormone and tend to grow very
slowly over time. At menopause, when estrogen is very low, fibroid tumors
stop growing and sometimes reduce in size. They rarely, if ever, go away.
Thus our holistic protocol includes many things to reduce this estrogen
effect. Many of these options are based on good medical common sense, not
medical studies. This is because most of these therapies have not been
formally studied relative to fibroids.
Many tools are available in addressing fibroid tumors. For most women, a
holistic protocol can reduce symptoms and slow fibroid growth.
Fibroids completely dissolving and going away is a very unusual thing to
happen in my practice of holistic medicine.
To properly institute a holistic protocol, you should first be evaluated by
a holistic physician. Exactly what is recommended to you depends on your
specific individual situation. It depends on your age and fertility desires,
the size and number of your fibroid tumors, the location of your fibroids
and the symptoms they are causing you. Any treatment protocol should be
tailored to the individual woman's situation.