A fibroid tumor of the uterus, otherwise known as a myoma, is the most common reason that a woman visits her gynecologist in the ten years leading up to menopause and also one of the most common reasons for a woman in her thirties or forties, to be advised to have a hysterectomy. Fibroid tumors are round, non cancerous lumps of the muscular wall of the uterus, made up of smooth muscle and connective tissue and they normally occur in groups. They start off fairly small but can grow to the size of a grapefruit and are normally accompanied by heavy, painful and irregular periods.
A uterine fibroid tumor is caused by too much estrogen in the body which stimulates its growth whilst a lack of estrogen causes the fibroids to disappear. Many women in their mid thirties begin to experience non ovulating menstrual cycles and as they approach the decade before the menopause they are producing less progesterone than normal and possibly more estrogen. They retain water and salt, their breasts enlarge, they gain weight, become depressed, lose their sex drive, suffer mineral loss in their bones and they develop fibroids. All of these symptoms point to a dominance of estrogen. Conventional medicine would normally advise a woman at this stage to have a hysterectomy but it has been discovered that by balancing the hormones naturally, fibroids can be prevented from growing and may even decrease in size and then, once menopause is reached, the fibroids will naturally disperse of their own accord.
A natural way for a pre menopausal woman to balance the hormones and prevent the fibroid tumor from developing further is to reduce estrogen levels and to take a supplemental dose of progesterone. Taken regularly the progesterone will level out the hormone balance and prevent any fibroids from getting larger. An ultrasound after three months will hopefully show that the fibroids have either remained the same size or decreased. Other effective ways of slowing fibroid growth is by exercising, reducing stress levels and reducing calories. By adopting these methods there is every chance that that fibroids will not grow and cause problems and there will be no need for a hysterectomy to be carried out. If a woman can get her hormones balanced and her menstrual cycle in a regular pattern, then conditions such as uterine fibroid tumors and ovarian cysts, stand very little chance of occurring.