Fibroids More Likely On Approach To Menopause
The hormonal changes that occur at menopause, including oestrogen dominance, can increase the likelihood of fibroids developing, but there are some simple steps you can take to minimise your risk.
Fibroids are caused by an imbalance between the hormones progesterone and oestrogen, where estrogen is dominant. You can’t see them, but fibroids make their presence known through a variety of symptoms including menstrual problems such as increased bleeding, anaemia, fatigue and dizziness.
If you suspect you may have fibroids, then first go and have a check up to make sure that is what you are suffering from as other conditions can produce some of the same symptoms. If small, fibroids can often be treated naturally to shrink and eliminate them and the same steps can also help prevent their formation.
Self Help Steps:
After a check up with your doctor, there are some very simple things you can do to help yourself.
Dietary changes can make a big difference so cut down on meat and eat more fish such as salmon, mackerel, tuna and cold-water fish as these help reduce inflamed tissues and fibroid irritation. A good, natural, diet which avoids junk foods, fast foods, saturated fats, sugar, bleached white flour and processed foods will also help as will cutting out alcohol and tobacco. .
Raw foods have a naturally high fibre content and digestive enzymes which help help break up, dissolve and remove fibrin so increase the amount of fruit and vegetables in your diet. If you already have fibroids then you can help eliminate them by also taking 3-4 digestive enzyme tablets such as serrapeptase taken two or three times daily on an empty stomach.
Tackle your oestrogen dominance because that will naturally begin to shrink fibroids. Synthetic hormones found in spermicides, HRT and the Coil or Pill can contribute to this imbalance so look to support your body with bio-identical natural progesterone as this is likely to be deficient. Reduce your oestrogen levels by having some form of beans frequently as they can hinder the growth of fibroids. Include pinto, lima beans, black beans and kidney beans into your diet every day.
If stress is a factor in your life then this too will contribute to estrogen dominance as stress has a double whammy of depleting progesterone and causing a surge of estrogen. Take whatever self help measures you can to reduce or eliminate stress and for more help look at How To Cope Successfully With Stress by AnnA Rushton
Stress can also be responsible for an increase in weight, due to comfort eating, and unfortunately will not help you tackle your fibroids. You can find that simply losing weight may naturally begin to shrink fibroids naturally.
If fibroids are causing heavy bleeding, then make sure you are replacing the iron you are losing. There are some excellent herbal tonics which contain iron, but try to avoid iron tablets as these are hard to absorb and digest.
Fibroids often accompany menopause, or perimenopause, but they are not inevitable and not all women will have them. Taking these simple steps can help prevent them and diminish their effect.