What is Symptoms of Fibroid?

You may not have any symptoms at all. Most women don’t know they have this condition. Signs and symptoms depend on the size, location, and number of fibroids. You may experience:

  • periods that last longer than a week
  • heavy menstrual bleeding
  • spotting or bleeding between periods
  • pelvic pressure
  • backache or leg pain
  • frequent urination
  • pain
  • difficulty emptying your bladder
  • constipation
  • difficulty getting pregnant

 Risk Factors of Fibroids

You may be at higher risk for fibroids if you:

  • are between the ages of 30 and 50
  • overweight or obese
  • are African-American, as fibroids are two to three times more common in African-American women
  • have family history of fibroids
  • began menstruation before the age of 10
  • use certain kinds of birth control
  • have a poor diet
  • consume alcohol

 Natural Treatments for Fibroid

Weight loss

A clinical study in China showed that obesity and excess weight increased the risk for uterine fibroids. This happens because fat cells make high amounts of estrogen. Losing weight may help prevent or reduce the size of fibroids.

Nutrition

Your daily diet is a very important factor in treating fibroids. The right nutrition can help you maintain a healthy weight and reduce your risk. Certain foods can also help ease symptoms.

Foods to avoid

According to clinical studies, eating too much red meat increases your risk of uterine fibroids. Drinking alcohol also increases your risk.

Eating excess refined carbohydrates and sugary foods may trigger or worsen fibroids. These foods raise blood sugar levels. This causes your body to produce too much insulin hormone. Avoid or restrict simple refined carbohydrates like:

  • white rice, pasta, and flour
  • soda and other sugary drinks
  • corn syrup
  • boxed cereals
  • baked goods (cakes, cookies, doughnuts)
  • potato chips
  • crackers

Foods to eat

Fiber-rich unprocessed foods help:

  • curb your appetite
  • balance hormones
  • prevent excess weight gain

Brightly colored foods such as fruits and vegetables also help reduce inflammation and lower your risk for fibroids. Add these whole foods to your daily diet:

  • raw and cooked vegetables and fruit
  • dried fruit
  • whole grains
  • brown rice
  • lentils and beans
  • whole grain bread and pasta
  • quinoa
  • fresh and dried herbs

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Blood pressure

Dutch study found that there may be a link between high blood pressure and fibroids. Manage your blood pressure to help reduce your risk and improve your overall health:

  • Limit foods with added salt or sodium.
  • Check your blood pressure regularly and discuss readings with your doctor.
  • Get regular exercise.

Herbal remedies

Herbal remedies may help to treat fibroids or reduce related symptoms. Further research is needed to find out if these remedies work and what the most effective dosage is.

Herbs are potent medicines and can interact with other drugs. They’re also not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Talk with your doctor before taking herbal medicine.

Green tea

A bioflavonoid in green tea called EGCG may help reduce the size and number of fibroids. This may be due to its ability to reduce inflammation and remove toxins from your body.

Chasteberry

Chasteberry, or vitex, is taken for heavy menstrual bleeding, painful periods, and other symptoms. This herbal remedy helps to balance hormone levels.

Isphagula husk, senna, and castor oil

Fibrous herbs such as isphagula and senna are used as natural laxatives. Add these herbs to water or juice to help relieve constipation.

Castor oil is an herbal oil that can be taken as a supplement to help occasional constipation.

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