The incidence of Fibroid
Fibroid is a health challenge in women with several severe consequences in the absence of early diagnosis and treatment. I know a number of women colleagues, friends and neighbours who managed fibroid successfully through medical intervention and adherence to a strict diet. The facts about fibroid are based on empirical research and would be stated here.
Statistics reveal that 10% of women are at risk of fibroid, so care should be exercised and preventive measures taken to ensure it doesn’t emerge.
In this post my focus would rather be on preventive care and the diet that’s appropriate while dealing with fibroid. A large number of women are scared of undergoing surgical operations as it’s believed this would negatively impact on their fertility. This is usually the case for young ladies who are yet to bear children.
Factors that influence fibroid formation
A number of factors have been identified as some of the causes of fibroid although there isn’t any strong evidence pointing to the root cause. Some of these factors are briefly addressed below:
Hormones: Oestrogen and progesterone are gonadotropic hormones which regulate the re-lining of the uterus after shedding during each menstrual cycle. Fibroid tissue has these hormone receptors but it doesn’t have the capacity to control it which accounts for its unusual growth and size.
Pregnancy: There is a higher level of oestrogen and progesterone in the body during pregnancy, and this can make fibroid to develop and grow rapidly.
Age: Fibroid occurs in women that are more advanced in age and being over the age of 30 years increases the risks of developing the tumour.
Family history: You are more likely to develop fibroid if your blood relative (such as your mother, aunt, sister) has this condition.
Symptoms of fibroid
The symptoms of the tumor depend on the size, location and numbers involved. They include the following:
- Heavy bleeding during menstruation
- Longer menstrual period stretching into a week
- Irregular menstrual cycle with cramping
- Abdominal pain
- Increased urination
- Painful sex
- Lower back pain
During menopause the level of oestrogen and progesterone in the body is drastically reduced which makes the fibroid to gradually shrink and disappear over time.
Medications: Some medication like leuroplide cause a pseudo-menopause because it stops the menstrual cycle and enables the fibroid to shrink.
Surgery: There are different types of surgery that can be done to access the uterus and remove the fibroid depending on its location in the body.
Eat more of fruits and vegetables like carrot, cucumber, garlic, and others that contain fiber. You could also prepare smoothies from a mixture of garlic, ginger, beet root, and bitter gourd in no specific order. Cut down on carbohydrates especially rice, bread. Eat more of plant protein such as beans, soy beans.
There’s been no clear evidence that states why fibroids develop, although some factors and lifestyle may influence their growth.
Nevertheless, if you already have fibroid, all hope is not lost as there are some natural remedies to shrink the fibroid. These remedies do not have negative consequences on the health and they are very effective.