Today, let’s talk about uterine fibroids. If you have one, you are probably dealing with symptoms daily that could be affecting your quality of life. Often when women have uterine fibroids, there is heavy bleeding at the time of the cycle. Sometimes you might even have heavy bleeding or spotting at various times within the month.
Since these symptoms occur randomly it’s really hard to predict. If you have uterine fibroids you might not be able to carry out your regular daily tasks due to heavy bleeding. Maybe you are not able to spend time with your family, go to social events or activities. Perhaps you are even missing a lot of work because you need to be home.
Frequently, when you have uterine fibroids there is quite a lot of pain. To manage this either over the counter or prescription medication is needed. Taking pain medicine on a regular basis can affect other systems in your body, including your liver and gut health. As a result, it is really important to determine the reason for the fibroids and how to prevent them.
Uterine Fibroids & Estrogen Dominance
If your mother, grandmother, or aunt have experienced uterine fibroids, it could be possible that you might be more prone to them. In some cases, there is some genetics that can cause women to be more prone to forming uterine fibroids. This can be related to a condition called estrogen dominance. As women enter into their perimenopausal years (typically 35 years and beyond until you go through menopause) there can be fluctuations and changes in hormone levels that can make women estrogen dominant. This means there’s more estrogen relative to the other sex hormones in the system. If this is the case, your body just doesn’t flush and get rid of estrogen as easily and efficiently as it should.
Untreated this condition can potentially increase your risk for other diseases including female cancers like breast, uterine, or ovarian. Although there does appear to be a genetic link with fibroids, that doesn’t mean you can’t do something about it. It’s important to figure out the root cause of your estrogen dominance, which is also quite commonly the cause for the fibroids.
Other Factors Contributing to Uterine Fibroids
Often, there are some lifestyle factors that can affect estrogen. Xenoestrogens can be found in hair products, skincare products, makeup, and other personal care products. Routine use of these items can lead to excess estrogen into your body and it can build up over time.
Additionally, conventional dairy foods and meats can have higher levels of estrogen in them as well. If they’re eaten on a frequent basis, like with consumer products, you can start to have a buildup over time. As we age our body becomes slower at eliminating the extra estrogen and other toxins. If your body is not efficiently detoxifying and eliminating the extra estrogen and toxins in your system it can predispose you to estrogen-related conditions.
Individualized Approach to Treatment
You’re probably wondering how you can get on top of this and what the best plan is for you. The first step is to identify what factors are causing estrogen dominance. From there an individualized plan can be developed to help you reverse this condition. In doing this you can not only reduce the uterine fibroids, but you may actually be able to reverse them without having surgery.
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