November 27th, 2018 | Posted By: Magdalena Wszelaki | Posted in Adrenals, Articles, Estrogen Dominance, Estrogen Dominance, Menopause | Tagged

Can Natural Fibroid Treatments Prevent Hysterectomies?

Fibroids are also called uterine leiomyomas and are firm, tumorous, benign growths, made up of connective tissue and smooth muscle. Fibroids can range from being very small to very large – from the size of a pea to the size of an apple. Because the fibroids develop within the uterine wall they can cause intense menstrual pain and heavy bleeding.

What you will learn in this article:

  • What fibroids are and what their root cause is.
  • The connection between Estrogen Dominance and fibroids.
  • What the main symptoms of fibroids are.
  • Conventional treatments.
  • Diet changes you can make to alleviate or naturally reverse the symptoms of fibroids and Estrogen Dominance.

 

What Are Fibroids?

Fibroids are also called uterine leiomyomas and are firm, tumorous, benign growths, made up of connective tissue and smooth muscle. Fibroids can range from being very small to very large – from the size of a pea to the size of an apple. Because the fibroids develop within the uterine wall they can cause intense menstrual pain and heavy bleeding.

Fibroids occur in women of any age and cause complications in pregnancy and in life, although they are more common in menstruating women who have higher amounts of estrogen. Fibroids are a major cause of infertility, miscarriage, heavy periods, and are the number one reason for having a hysterectomy. Though this sounds startling, fibroids are also incredibly common and usually benign.

 

Some Numbers on Fibroids in Women

  • An estimated 20 to 50 percent of all women of reproductive age have fibroids but are not diagnosed.
  • Up to 75 percent of all women will develop fibroids at some point in their life.
  • Most women have fibroids after age 30.
  • An estimated 99 percent of all fibroids are non-cancerous tumors.
  • Hysterectomies are considered treatment for fibroids in conventional medicine.
  • American’s hysterectomy rates far exceed other Western countries.
  • African American women are more likely than white women to have fibroids and hysterectomy.
  • More than 600,000 hysterectomies are performed each year.

The conventional American medicine way of dealing with fibroids is to remove the uterus rather than identifying the root cause. This is unfortunate because fibroids can often be treated with diet changes and simple supplements.

We’re going to examine fibroids more closely and identify the underlying causes because it is possible to address the root cause of your fibroids and possibly prevent the need for a hysterectomy.

 

Why Estrogen Dominance Is The Main Cause Of Fibroids

What’s missing from the conversation on fibroids is the strong connection between fibroids and Estrogen Dominance. The majority of women I have worked with when diagnosed were not explained by their physicians that Estrogen Dominance is the leading cause of their fibroids. Estrogen Dominance happens when there is too much of “dirty”estrogen (which are a form of estrogen metabolites) and not enough progesterone, which can wreak havoc on a woman’s body.

Estrogen Dominance can result in:

  • Fibroids
  • Fibrocystic breasts
  • Anxiety
  • Weight gain (especially around the thighs and hips)
  • Cellulite
  • Depression
  • Endometriosis
  • Abnormal menstruation
  • Breast cancer (ER+)
  • Fatigue

… and more.

While we normally associate estrogen with women – as the predominant female hormone – when there is too much estrogen and not enough progesterone, the issues this can cause are significant. This is because estrogen is mostly responsible for growth – it builds the uterine wall every month for your menstrual cycle, rebuilds bone, and without it, you’d experience menopause-like symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats or forgetfulness.

I know, estrogen sounds pretty great. That’s because estrogen offers you enormous benefits. But here’s the thing, there can be too much of a good thing when it comes to estrogen. Your progesterone is the hormone that keeps estrogen in check and without it, your estrogen would run amuck. Estrogen Dominance symptoms occur to 75% of women, but a whopping 90% of them don’t even realize they have it.  Take this Quiz to find out where you stand.

It’s All About The Estrogen-Progesterone Balance

Progesterone notices when you don’t get pregnant and stops estrogen from building the uterine wall and starts menstruation. Progesterone blocks estrogen receptors in various organs throughout the body, reducing the impact of estrogen. Progesterone also prevents estrogen from causing too much cell growth in the breast or the uterus.

It’s a bit like estrogen is your party animal friend, while progesterone is the responsible one. Estrogen can be ‘fun’ but it needs progesterone to stay out of trouble. Take a look at the below chart to gain an understanding and appreciation of how these two hormones dance together.

Estrogen - Progesterone

What actually causes the fibroids are anything that throws off this estrogen-progesterone balance, including:

  • Hormonal birth controls (even the ones with progesterone – it’s synthetic)
  • Unbalanced bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (like taking estrogen alone)
  • Synthetic hormones (aka HRT)
  • High alcohol intake
  • High sugar diet
  • High carbohydrate diet
  • Conventional meat and dairy with hormones
  • Food high with phytoestrogens such as soy
  • Digestive irregularities (often caused by unidentified food sensitivities)
  • Poor gut microflora

 

15 Symptoms of Fibroids

Common symptoms of fibroids include:

  1. Heavier than normal menstrual bleeding
  2. Stronger than normal menstrual pains
  3. Periods that last longer than a week
  4. Anemia due to heavy periods
  5. Bleeding in between periods
  6. Constant pelvic pressure or pain
  7. Frequent urination and trouble fully emptying the bladder
  8. Constipation
  9. Painful bowel movements
  10. Lower back pain
  11. Enlarged abdomen
  12. Pain during sex
  13. Bloating
  14. Infertility
  15. Miscarriages

How Are Fibroids Diagnosed?

Fibroids are usually self-diagnosed (by a firm touch of the abdomen) or diagnosed by a doctor during a normal pelvic exam. Fibroids usually feel like hard tissue just under the skin. Your doctor can also find shape irregularities in your uterus during a pelvic exam, which would suggest you have fibroids. Ultrasound is another way to diagnose fibroids.

What Is the Risk of Cancer from Fibroids?

Many reputable sources say that there is an increased risk for developing uterine and breast cancer in those that have fibroids. However, this correlation hasn’t been definitively made and there’s currently a lack of studies supporting this claim.

It’s likely that the correlation exists because Estrogen Dominance can contribute to both estrogenic cancers (such as breast, ovarian, uterine or thyroid cancer) and fibroids.

In my practice, I, therefore, stress the importance of addressing Estrogen Dominance to prevent a long list of diseases and live in confidence and hope for good health, and not fear. If you are not sure if you have estrogen dominance, take the quiz here.

Fibroid Treatments

Conventional “treatments”

Conventional “treatments” offer little else other than myomectomy (removal of fibroids), embolization (fibroid shrinkage), or outright hysterectomy (removal of the uterus). The last one can be tragic news for women who still want to have children.

The biggest problem I have with these “treatments” (in reality, they don’t treat, only temporarily reduce the symptoms) is that they do not address the underlying cause.

Strategies that will help right away

You should start a diet specifically to address Estrogen Dominance. You can use food to control your hormones and reverse uncomfortable symptoms. Here are simple, nourishing, hormone balancing principles and meals for anyone worried about estrogen dominance and fibroids:

  • Reduce alcohol to no more than 3 drinks per week
  • Reduce sugar to no more than 20 grams per day
  • An Elimination Diet (where you eliminate gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, corn, nightshade vegetables and peanuts) will help you reduce the inflammation, hence the symptoms.
  • Eat organic as much as possible.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of freshly ground flaxseed once per day (Flaxseed, even though contains phytoestrogens, it helps to reduce the “dirty” estrogens) – helps with estrogen detoxification and add fiber to promote good bowel movement
  • Support your liver – it’s the key organ responsible for estrogen detoxification.

Learn more with Overcoming Estrogen Dominance

Overcoming Estrogen Dominance

“The body has an amazing ability to heal. We just need to give it the right resources.”

In Overcoming Estrogen Dominance, my goal is to empower and give you the tools to take control of your hormones and health.

More than 70% of women experience estrogen dominance. The symptoms range from lumpy and fibrocystic breasts to thyroid nodules, hot flashes, fibroids, uterine polyps, painful, heavy or irregular periods to infertility and miscarriages, from mood swings to insomnia, weight gain to fatigue.

So many women have experienced the pain and frustration that comes when, sitting in their doctor’s exam room, they feel their symptoms and complaints are dismissed or minimized. They feel unheard, helpless, with no control over their bodies or the underlying issues that are causing their debilitating symptoms. This is particularly true for women who are experiencing the symptoms of hormone imbalance. Even when doctors do offer treatment, it’s typically in the form of prescription medication or invasive surgical procedures.

In Overcoming Estrogen Dominance, I hope to show that those extreme interventions are often unnecessary, and to give women a roadmap to ease and erase their symptoms using food, herbs, supplements and natural protocols to re-balance hormones.

My goal is to help reverse the impact of estrogen dominance naturally, helping you lead a symptom-free life, without fear.

To get your copy of Overcoming Estrogen Dominance, go here.

 

Resources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29016496

http://obgyn.ucla.edu/fibroids

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2622766/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17981254

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3914832/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17381827

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11949965

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19496976

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23821590

28 Comments to Can Natural Fibroid Treatments Prevent Hysterectomies?

  1. Hi Magdalena ! I hope you are keeping well. I love you page and all you information and thank you so much for share with us.

    I have PCOS and 1 month a go I have the hysteroscopy and the are removed a fibroydes around 3 to 4 cm and now last week after scan I have the another want it was inside the uterus wall and the doctor removed the big one ( supposedly the bigger holding this and is out the wall and now is like a sausage in the uterus cavity and is killing me .
    I have low back and back pain,anemia , fathigue, inflammation in my hips and stomach, all the sintoms you said.
    I really need to take the supplements Fibrosupport, Broccoli powder but I can’t pay you because I living in London, With my horrible sintoms and tiredness all the time I working less hours ! I can’t ! I’m 41 years old.
    The question is you can Please recomended me something similar for buy in london uk please! I’m really appreciated. Good bless you. And sorry for my English .

    Regards

    Giovanna Fasanelli

    • Hello Giovanna, take the supplement pictures with you to the local pharmacy or health food store, and they should be able to help you find something similar. Be well~ Jen Hb Support

  2. Hi there, thank you for such a wonderfully helpful post. Will taking all of the supplements above be ok while doing the Elimination Diet? I’d like to be able to start this protocol because I am dealing with Fibroids.

    Thanks in advance

    • Hi Angie, yes, you can take the supplements while on the elimination diet. Be Well, ~Jen HB Support

  3. Thank you for sharing. I have one small fibroid. My periods aren’t crazy heavy, but there are times when my cramps can be too much. I, too stock up on Ibuprofen. I’m happy to hear the surgery worked for you. Does your doctor think the smaller ones will become a problem in the future?
    Stem cells treatment

    • Hi Meredith,

      Are you asking this of Magdalena or someone else commenting here? Thanks. ~Deanna HB Team

  4. I have been following. For 3 years now and have come a long way. I am 65 and gave had a total hysterectomy I want to start this protocol should I get all these or could I narrow it down to the first 3

    • Hi Brenda,

      You could start with the first 3 and see how it goes from there ~Deanna HB Team

  5. Hi! I suffered for 15+ years before having a hysterectomy 4 years ago. It all started after receiving a Depo shot after our 3rd child (she’s 23 and recently diagnosed with PCOS). Could I still have estrogen dominance? Which diet should I follow?
    I purchased the cooking for balance a week or so ago.
    Thank you 😊

    • Hi Angelique, Hormones go out of balance when the “perfect storm” hits; typically caused by stress, nutritional deficiencies, poor sleep, diet and toxicity. Here is a little quiz to give you an idea of possible hormonal imbalances https://www.hormonesbalance.com/quiz.
      And, if you want to learn about how food can balance hormones, here is our free program: https://hormonesbalance.com/cfb. We always suggest to start with the Elimination diet.
      ~ Jeanne HB Team

    • Hi, I watched the Facebook live replay. I’m a menopausal woman on BHRT. My doctor says I’m no longer estrogen dominant but after having an ablation two years ago my fibroids are growing again but stable. Is it safe to use the supplements Magdalena recommended even if on BHRT? Thank you!

      • Hi Stephanie,
        Yes, they are safe. We do always recommend to tune into your body and see how YOU feel when you take them. If fibroids are going there is estrogen that needs to be cleared from the body. ~HB Team

  6. Love and appreciate your willingness to share your knowledge to help thousands of women silently suffering…

    • I have fibroids all of them outside the wall of the uterus, one of them has a stalk and that one is a big one, my period is normal 3 days, no pain, but i feel lots of pressure and bloated, Also had one fibrocystic breast, got the tisue removed. Im losing hair and have trouble sleeping sometimes, no other symptoms.
      what supplements do i need?

  7. I did all of these things to naturally address fibroids and I still continued to hemmorage. After two years of insane bleeding I finally had a fibroid embolization. While I think this article is useful if you’re not having severe symptoms, it doesn’t acknowledge that when it gets to the point that you can’t live your life you might have to have a procedure. And that’s ok, I felt like a failure because I kept trying to stop the bleeding on my own and I couldn’t.

  8. Hi. I see the recommendation for 2 TBs of ground flax per day but the flax is for the first half of cycle in seed rotation? This implies I use flax every day all cycle. So I do the pumpkin/flax seeds for days 1-14; sesame and sunflower seeds days 15-28 Do I still do 2 TBS of flax days 15-28? I am taking DIM supplements also Can you please explain?

    • HI Candace, If you are doing seed rotation currently, you can add an additional 1T of flax everyday as outlined above, and still rotate the other seeds as you would through seed rotation. In other words, yes, it is ok to use flax through the full seed rotation. If you are new to seed rotation, I like to recommend doing that for 2-3 months, and see how your body does with it, then add the additional 1T and again, see how your body does. I hope that helps. HB Support

  9. Hi!
    I had a question regarding the 20 grams of sugar per week. Is that just sugar or is that inclusive of carbohydrates as well? Thanks!

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