After being diagnosed with large fibroids, I spent a long time trying to find out how to shrink uterine fibroids. My abdomen resembled a third trimester pregnancy (my doctor’s words!) and I was permanently tired and irritable. I had to use several sanitary napkins at a time to mop up the blood flow. I took strong iron tablets for anemia and I leaked urine when I laughed of coughed.
I was really desperate. It’s quite laughable now, but initially I didn’t know that I had fibroids-I actually though I was fat and that I had a serious illness. I was relieved when I was told that the fibroids were harmless and at first, I would have had a hysterectomy there and then just to get rid of them. Removing the individual fibroids was not an option for me. I had too many and they were too large. In addition, I’d read that unless you have a hysterectomy, the fibroids could grow back-and I certainly couldn’t bear that!
Oh how I wish I could convey the frustration I felt. My doctor was almost dismissing my concerns and I got the feeling that he was thinking, “It’s only fibroids, you’re not going to die!” All the time though, my quality of life was diminishing.
However, the more I thought about it, the less happy I was. A hysterectomy is a major operation, with all the accompanying risks. I was also worried about an early menopause and about the drugs I was going to be taking to shrink the fibroids before the op. I was told by the doctor that the drugs I would be taking could cause osteoporosis. thinning of my vaginal skin and wrinkling of my face. The only other option given to me by my doctor when I asked how to shrink uterine fibroids was to do nothing at all and live with them until the menopause, Great! I was only in my thirties so I had at least 10 more years of this!
I scoured the internet for information and found out everything I could about fibroids. I learned that fibroids are usually caused by a combination of factors which subtly interact, causing fibroid growth and the fact that they can have multiple causes is one of the things which makes them difficult to treat. It is therefore common sense that any worthwhile treatment which use a multi-faceted approach.
There are a few self-help steps you can take which will help prevent further fibroid growth. Indeed, these steps may help shrink uterine fibroids. One common factor in fibroid growth is an excess of the hormone estrogen, which acts a little like “fuel”. As estrogen is produced by and stored in fat cells, it makes sense to try to maintain a healthy weight as this will naturally help estrogen levels drop. In addition, certain pollutants can mimic estrogen and these can be stored in the liver. The way to reduce the levels of this is to try a liver detox, using liver cleansing herbs such as Milk Thistle.
For some women, it is thought that being prone to inflammatory conditions can also make them more likely to develop fibroids. Therefore eating foods with natural anti-inflammatory properties can help. Such foods include oats, hops, rosemary and cumin.
If you have uterine fibroids and are considering surgical treatments, you may wish to consider trying a natural remedy. The vast majority of women who try to shrink uterine fibroids naturally are overjoyed with the results-I know I was!
I noticed a difference in my symptoms within just a few days and my stomach size had reduced within a couple of months. My scan showed that my largest fibroid had reduced by a third and the others were much smaller than they had been at the beginning. A couple more months down the line and some of the smaller fibroids had disappeared altogether. The largest one is still there but has now reduced even more and causes no symptoms and I am happy with that.