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Natural Uterine Fibroids Treatments
Natural uterine fibroids treatments. This is part 1 of natural uterine fibroids treatments. Check out part 2. Part 1 deals with what fibroids are, my experiences with doctors, side effects of conventional medical treatments, and why I won’t get a hysterectomy. Part 2 tells you about the natural uterine fibroid treatments I used.
Many women suffer from uterine fibroids and want natural uterine fibroid treatments. It used to be that a hysterectomy was the standard solution for women suffering from large and problematic fibroids.
Uterine Fibroids Quick Fact Sheet
- Typically develops in women during childbearing years
- Uterine fibroids are benign(non-cancerous) tumors
- Most prevalent in professional African American women
- Range in size and multitude, appearing as dense, rubbery masses that connect to other tissues
- Symptoms include: pelvic pressure, heavy menstrual bleeding, constipation
- Can cause of infertility, anemia, and miscarriage
- Many women get a hysterectomy to treat uterine fibroids
Find out more about the types of fibroids and symptoms here
Current studies show that the number of hysterectomies has declined since 2008. But, According to a University of Michigan 2015 study published in The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, alternatives to hysterectomies are still not being utilized enough as treatment options for fibroids.
So What is A Woman to Do???
Don’t freak out! There are several natural uterine fibroids treatments. BUT treatments take a long time since natural remedies are NOT quick fixes. What works for one woman may not work for another. I know this from personal experience. It took me three years to shrink several fibroids, but I had to get several large ones removed by robotic surgery.
My Worst Uterine Fibroids Symptoms
It’s very frustrating dealing with severe bleeding and having to adjust your life around how many days you bleed. At the worst, before I had surgery, I bled for eight days, four of which I couldn’t leave the house since I was changing an extra heavy flow sanitary pad every hour and a half. I remember an embarrassing business lunch with a male client where I soiled my chair, and a waitress had to bring me her work apron so I could go to the bathroom. Ugh!
Uterine Fibroids Relief
Now I have some relief. I menstruate for six or seven days and have only two days of somewhat heavy bleeding. The robotic surgery only removed large fibroids. I have some smaller ones and am continuing to use natural uterine fibroid treatments to shrink them.
Dealing With Doctors
Doctors typically recommend the “wait and see” method, depending on the severity of symptoms. They first order sonograms and test for uterine cancer. One doctor prescribed a hormonal IUD. No hormones for me—I don’t even take birth control pills. So I opted not to use the IUD since taking hormones causes bad side effects in some women, such as hair loss and mental health issues.
Endometrial ablation was another option. There are several methods to do this. The one offered to me was the heated balloon method, where the balloon is placed inside the uterus and destroys the wall. You can’t have kids if you do this procedure. Though I’m pretty sure I don’t want more children, there’s a minute chance that I may change my mind, so I opted out of this.
Say No to a Hysterectomy
I find it interesting that some male doctors told me that keeping my uterus was pointless unless I wanted to have children. I know that my bleeding was very heavy, but that is an extreme solution. They recommended getting a hysterectomy and not removing my ovaries, as this was the only sure way to stop severe bleeding. (Removing ovaries sends women into early menopause in a lot of cases.)
Removing my womb should only happen in a life or death situation. The womb has its place in the female body, whether or not it develops and carries a child, and removing it has many side effects like loss of sex drive, cardiovascular disease, and osteoporosis.
Good example: A friend told me that after a complete hysterectomy, her vagina had shortened, and she was unable to have sex with her husband! So no thank you, I will keep my uterus. So think about the pros and cons to see if a hysterectomy is worth doing.
Women Be Proactive With Your Care
Women, YOU control medical treatments. Find a doctor that is pro-uterus and practices integrative medical treatments that include natural treatment options.
Most medical research and studies are done on men. The medical industry takes a long time to acknowledge, test, and develop all types of medical treatments for women. This means women need to be proactive in caring for their bodies and directing their medical care. Getting a hysterectomy or any other surgery may not be necessary. Research and try natural uterine fibroids treatments first.
Check out part 2 of this article.