The Best Natural Remedies for Uterine Fibroids…

The Best Natural Remedies for Uterine Fibroids…

Uterine fibroids are noncancerous tumors of the uterus. Uterine fibroids are also known as leiomyomata, myomas or uterine polyps. Uterine fibroids grow within the muscles of the uterus, on the outside of the uterus, hang in the uterine cavity or very rarely form within the cervix. They can range in size from microscopic to many pounds. Uterine fibroids form in the childbearing years of a woman’s life. There may be just one fibroid or many, with differing locations. Uterine fibroids are rarely a cause for concern, but when they become too large, or there are many present, they may become a problem.

Types of Uterine Fibroids

Submucosal: grow in the innermost layer of the uterus
Intramural: grow in the middle layer of the uterus
Subserous: grow in the outer wall of the uterus
Pedunculated: attached to a stalk either outside of the uterus or within the uterine cavity
Cervical: in the cervical tissue
Interligamentous: between the uterine broad ligaments

Causes of Uterine Fibroids

Though a large percentage of women suffer from uterine fibroids, doctors are actually unsure of what causes them to occur. What they do know however, is that estrogen and progesterone, both female hormones, contribute to the growth of the fibroids.

This means that the hormones will increase during the years a woman has a menstrual cycle, because it is during these years the body produces the highest levels of these hormones. Generally, after menopause occurs and your body produces lower levels of progesterone and estrogen, the fibroids will begin to shrink and any symptoms that have occurred from the hormones will subside.

Uterine fibroids are hormone dependent. They develop during the hormonally active years and decline in menopause. Fibroid tissue has a higher amount of estrogen and progesterone receptors. Fibroid tissue is hypersensitive to estrogen, but does not have the capacity to regulate estrogen response, this is why they can grow to become quite large. Other hormones play a role in the growth of uterine fibroids as well, including prolactin, parathyroid hormone, insulin growth factor, and pituitary growth hormone.

Fibroids are two to three times more likely to develop in African American women compared to any other ethnicity.

Factors that May Increase Fibroid Development

  • Increased lifetime exposure to estrogen. This is due to early menarche, fewer pregnancies, increased follicular phase and/or obesity. Body fat produces and stores estrogen.
  • Exposure to xenoestrogens such as plastics, pesticides, herbicides, synthetic hormones in both meat and dairy products, or hormone replacement therapy.
  • Poor estrogen metabolism. Some women’s bodies have a harder time removing and metabolizing excess estrogen.
  • Hypertension
  • Infection complications from IUD use
  • Perineal talc use
  • Anovulatory cycles
  • Endometrial hyperplasia (common in women with PCOS)

Symptoms of Uterine Fibroids

While many women will never even know that they have uterine fibroids because the condition often exhibits no symptoms, there are some women that will experience certain effects from the fibroids presence. Symptoms of uterine fibroids include:

  • A sensation of fullness or pressure in the abdominal area
  • Excessive bleeding during menstruation
  • Excessive length of menstruation
  • Extreme cramping during menstruation
  • Lower back pain
  • Painful intercourse
  • A frequent urge to urinate

Uterine Fibroids May Negatively Impact Conception and Pregnancy

Fibroids are thought to be the cause of infertility in 2%-10% of infertility cases. Reports have shown uterine fibroids may be responsible for the following fertility, conception and pregnancy problems:

  • Interfere with implantation of the ovum
  • May compress the fallopian tubes, preventing conception
  • Cause anovulatory cycles
  • Cause abnormal uterine blood flow, hindering movement of sperm to ova
  • Cause miscarriage
  • May cause intrauterine growth retardation (IUGR)
  • May cause premature rupture of the membranes
  • Contribute to retained placenta after birth
  • Cause postpartum hemorrhage
  • Cause abnormal labor

Not all women with uterine fibroids will experience these kinds of troubles and many go on to have healthy pregnancies even with uterine fibroids present. Because there are risks to your fertility and possibly pregnancy, it is best to work to reduce fibroid growth, prevent formation of new fibroids and to maintain healthy lifestyle choices to continue working to bring about the best possible uterine health.

Medical Treatment for Uterine Fibroids

In many cases, the effects of uterine fibroids are so minor that many woman use a general over-the-counter pain medicine to treat any cramping or pain associated with the fibroid tumors. Since the tumors can also cause excessive menstrual bleeding which can lead to anemia, an iron supplement is recommended if excessive bleeding is occurring.

In the medical world, the only successful treatment for fibroids is surgery. The two main types of surgery used for treating uterine fibroids are a myomectomy, which only removes the existing fibroids, and a hysterectomy, which removes the entire uterus.

    Myomectomy
    A myomectomy can help to remove the existing tumors that you have, but it will not prevent the tumors from growing back (only lifestyle changes can help to balance the body and promote hormonal balance). However, this method of uterine fibroid removal is the best of the two surgery choices for those women that are still wanting to conceive a child.

    Hysterectomy
    This surgical procedure removes the uterus completely. With a hysterectomy, you can guarantee that the tumors will not grow back. Unfortunately, there are many other side effects that can occur from a hysterectomy including early menopause, an increased risk of osteoporosis and of course, the inability to become pregnant. Approximately 17% of hysterectomies performed in the United States are due to uterine fibroids.

    Uterine Fibroid Embolization
    Another newer procedure that is being used for treating uterine fibroids is uterine fibroid embolization. This method of treatment has proven effective at shrinking fibroids or destroying them completely, however it is not without side effects. This treatment should not be used by those women that are wanting to become pregnant, since it is known to throw the body into early menopause and can even cause infertility.

Uterine fibroids can be quite hard to treat naturally or through hormonal medications prescribed by doctors. If after trying either hormonal medications or natural therapies you continue to suffer from uterine fibroids, it may be time to seriously consider surgical options. Doctors nor natural healthcare practitioners have been able to find an exact solution to getting rid of uterine fibroids permanently. Even after surgery uterine fibroids may grow again, or new ones may form. This is why step 1 under our Natural Therapies guide below is extremely important. It is vital to reduce exposure to xenohormones and continue to eat well to keep estrogen levels in balance.

Natural Therapy Plan for Uterine Fibroids

Step 1: Cleanse, reduce exposure to xenoestrogens, promote healthy estrogen metabolism

Fertility Cleansing

The best way to begin any natural fertility plan would be to do a Fertility Cleanse. A fertility cleanse encourages the liver to cleanse the body of toxins and excess hormones. It also supports the uterus to cleanse itself of old stagnant blood and increases circulation to the uterus while tonifying the uterine tissues.

Reduce Exposure to Xenohormones
Exposure to certain environmental toxins may contribute to the development of uterine fibroids. Xenoestrogens are a subclass of endocrine disruptors. Endocrine disruptors, also known as xenohormones, are human-made chemicals. These chemicals have the ability to interfere with the natural functions and development of our bodies. The main function of the endocrine system is to serve as our body’s message center. Hormones deliver messages, the endocrine system coordinates hormones.

Xenoestrogens have the ability to bind to our estrogen receptor sites. This is particularly concerning for women with uterine fibroids. This is because fibroid tissue is hypersensitive to estrogen, it contains a high amount of estrogen receptors, this is why they can grow to become quite large. Exposure to xenoestrogens can fuel uterine fibroid growth.

    Ways to Avoid Xenohormones:

  • Eat organic foods
  • Avoid exposure to pesticides, herbicides and synthetic fertilizers
  • Use natural feminine care products
  • Use organic, natural body care products, including makeup
  • Avoid food preservatives and dyes
  • Use low VOC paints
  • Use recycled unbleached paper products
  • Use non-chlorinated oxygen based bleach in the laundry
  • Avoid plastics
    Known Xenoestrogens to Avoid:
  • Atrazine (weed killer)
  • Butylated hydroxyanisole known as BHA (food preservative)
  • 4-Methylbenzylidene camphor known as 4-MBC (sunscreen lotions)
  • Erythrosine, FD&C Red No. 3, (food dye)
  • Bisphenol A (found in polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resin)
  • Ethinylestradiol (combined oral contraceptive pill, this is released into the environment as a xenoestrogen through the urine and feces of women who use this contraception)
  • Heptachlor and dieldrin, DDT (insecticides)

Diet Tips for Reducing Uterine Fibroids

Without eating a whole food diet, the body will not respond to herbs, supplements or natural therapies as well. We suggest eating a nutrient dense whole food fertility diet. This way of eating will create a foundation for a healthy, properly functioning body.

The Importance of Fiber
Your main focus and one of the first things you should do right now is eating more fiber. Fiber helps the body to get rid of excess estrogens.

    Good sources of fiber:
  • Dark leafy greens
  • Broccoli
  • Swiss chard
  • Quinoa
  • Chia seeds
  • Beans
  • Ground flaxseed

Whole Grains
Choose whole grains whenever possible, avoid white refined grains. Good choices of whole grains would be brown rice, millet, spelt, buckwheat, rye and oats.

Avoid Anti-nutrients
Avoid saturated fats, sugar, caffeine, alcohol and junk foods, all of which may contribute to estrogen dominance. We consider these anti-nutrients, which impact fertility negatively.

Eat a diet rich in legumes, fresh vegetables and fruits.

DIM: Support Healthy Estrogen Metabolism

DIM balances the hormones by breaking down estrogen and removing it from the body. Estrogen is a major culprit to many of the fertility issues women face today especially fibroids. Supporting the body in getting rid of excess estrogens should cause the fibroids to stop occurring and for the ones currently there to stop increasing in size.

Step 2: Increase circulation, reduce pain, manage heavy menstrual bleeding

Fibro Defense

Fibro Defense goes to the source of the problem, helping to reduce excess estrogen that fuels abnormal growths, and stimulating liver activity for improved estrogen metabolism. The herbs in this blend work with your body’s natural detoxification processes to clear congested foreign tissues, while simultaneously helping to prevent new growths from forming. Fibro Defense is an excellent way to promote health and function of uterine tissues.

Key Herbs in Fibro Defense and Their Beneficial Actions:

    Pau d’Arco (Tabebuia heptaphylla): Pau d’Arco is extremely antibacterial, which may help prevent infection due to foreign tissue growth.

    Goldenseal Root (Hydrastis canadensis): This herb is extremely antibiotic, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory. It works to help reduce pain and inflammation from foreign tissue growth. Reduction in inflammation may help to prevent scar tissue and adhesion formation.

    Dandelion Root & Leaf (Taraxicum officinalis): This plant provides excellent liver support for improved hormonal balance. Dandelion leaf is very nourishing to the body, being high in vitamins and minerals. The root aids in liver health, and stimulates digestion for improved estrogen metabolism.

    Ginger Root (Zingiber officinalis): A wonderful herb used to increase circulation and promote blood flow to the uterus. The increased circulation also helps to reduce inflammation of the uterus, ovaries or fallopian tubes.

    Black Cohosh root (Actaea racemosa): Promotes regulation of the entire menstrual cycle. For women with a uterus that feels inflamed or irritated throughout the month, Black cohosh may be an effective option in relaxing the uterus, reducing inflammation of the uterus.

    Red Raspberry Leaf (Rubus idaeus): Raspberry leaf works to tone the uterine muscles and normalize blood flow during menses. This is one of the best normalizing herbs for the female reproductive organs. Raspberry leaf is astringent, contracting and shrinking internal and external body tissues. May help prevent hemorrhage excessive bleeding. One of the best herbs for uterine health.

    Dong Quai root (Angelica sinensis): Dong Quai increases circulation, which helps to bring in fresh healthy blood to remove excess tissue growth, heal tissue damage, limit scar tissue and adhesion formation. Healthy circulation ensures healthy natural cleansing of the body as well. Proper circulation is required to remove toxins, dead tissue, diseased tissue, metabolic waste from our bodies. This is very important for women with uterine fibroids.

    Maitake Mushroom (Grifola frondosa): This mushroom has been shown to enhance immune system function, to be effective at reducing tumors and improving glucose metabolism.

In addition, Fibro Defense contains a beneficial enzyme…

    Protease Enzyme
    Protease works by eating away foreign tissues including those present from endometriosis, uterine fibroids, scar tissue and adhesion formation. Protease also aids the body in proper blood formation and detoxification.

To learn about other herbs that may be helpful for uterine fibroids click here…

Self Fertility Massage™

Self Fertility Massage™ is a series of massage techniques that are used to help support reproductive health, the menstrual cycle, and your fertility all from the comfort of your own home! This type of massage is easy to learn, perform and is cost effective!

One of the greatest benefits of massage is the ability to break up adhesions and bring in circulation to the area being massaged. Uterine fibroids may compress and compromise circulation to the uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries or other surrounding organs. Self Fertility Massage™ helps to promote healthy circulation, helps the body to rid itself of old stagnant blood and tissues in the uterus, and promotes hormonal balance by strengthening the hormonal feedback loop. Do not do during menstruation.

Castor Oil Pack

Castor Oil Packs are an ancient therapy that helps to cleanse and heal the body where they are placed. The castor oil has a drawing power the clears the body of excess tissues and toxins. Castor oil packs stimulate the lymphatic and circulatory system. The lymphatic system removes toxins and waste from the area stimulated by the castor oil pack. The promotion of circulation by the castor oil pack will also bring in fresh oxygenated, nutrient rich blood to the reproductive organs, including the uterus. This is vital to reducing and dissolving uterine fibroids. Do not use during menstruation.

To purchase a kit with these ingredients and body therapies click here…

Step 3: Additional Considerations

Systemic Enzyme Therapy

We discussed earlier the benefits of the enzyme protease in Women’s Best Friend. Protease is in a class of pancreatic enzymes. Pancreatic enzymes are in part of a larger group of enzymes called systemic enzymes. Systemic enzymes may be helpful in reducing the size of uterine fibroids, healing and preventing scar tissue damage from existing uterine fibroids, promote healthy circulation and detoxification of tissues, while reducing pain and inflammation. Learn more about the benefits of Systemic Enzyme Therapy here…

Summary

Uterine fibroids are hormone dependent. Fibroid tissue is hypersensitive to estrogen, but does not have the capacity to regulate estrogen response, this is why they can grow to become quite large. Because they are responsive and may develop due to exposure to estrogen, both from our own estrogen and from human-made chemicals it is vital to reduce excess estrogen and support healthy progesterone levels to balance out unopposed estrogen. It is also vital to promote healthy circulation and detoxification of the tissues in the uterus, work to manage pain if present and to reduce heavy or mid-cycle menstrual bleeding due to fibroids. The overall goal is to support a healthy normal functioning uterus for a lifetime!

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  1. Greetings Elizabeth!

    I am Candy, 32 years old, married 2 months ago and I was diagnosed of having a 6cm fibroid and intrauterine with calcification about 3cm, the doctor said they need to do the ultrasound again because I just had a miscarried. Now I am taking an organic food supplement. Is it okay if also use the Fertility Cleanse Kit without the advise of the Dr.?

    thanks

    • Hello Candy!

      Thank you for reaching out to us. I am so very sorry for your loss. How are you doing?

      It is important to follow-up with your doctor to ensure you are miscarrying properly and don’t need any additional help. We suggest waiting to use the Fertility Cleanse Kit until after your first normal period post miscarriage. Often this is the cycle after a miscarriage, but it is different for each woman.

      While you continue to heal, we have a wonderful article outlining several steps you can take now titled After Miscarriage: 5 Steps To Recovery. I hope these steps are helpful!

      Best wishes to you!

  2. Dear Elizabeth,
    I’m 40 yr old, with a history of fibroids, myomectomy 6 years ago. I am now pregnant, 17 weeks. Other than diet and exercise, what do you recommend to decrease the growth of fibroids during pregnancy?

    • Hello Rachel!

      Congratulations! This is wonderful! How are you feeling?

      We can not suggest taking any herbs or supplements to support the body in dealing with uterine fibroids during pregnancy. Often the body manages their growth on it’s own. Consider however talking to your healthcare provider about your concerns.

      Best wishes!

  3. Dear Elizabeth,

    I am 40 years old and had surgery to remove multiple fibroids a few years ago. I am currently trying to conceive. I am wondering what natural fertility supports you would advise for my situation. I have read that dong quai should be avoided because of its estrogenic properties, for example. It seems that most fertility-boosting herbs are estrogenic, and my doctor advised me to eliminate phytoestrogens because of the fibroids. Does that leave any other options?

    Thanks for any advice you can offer.

    • Dear Emily,

      In order to promote healthy estrogen balance within our bodies, we have to consider how herbal phytoestrogens protect us from harmful xenoestrogens (toxins) which come from human-made chemicals (herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers to name a few) and are found in conventional foods, personal and body care products, paper products… many of the things many use in their daily lives. Xenoestrogens may cause estrogen dominance. Because of this we must consider liver supporting herbs and nutritional supplements for natural detoxification. The liver helps to filter toxins from the body, including excess hormones, and when the body has detoxified from toxins, our good, beneficial hormones are able to connect with hormone receptor sites and benefit various body systems.

      The superior health benefits of many phytoestrogens also far outweigh any concern for increasing estrogen in the body. To actually increase estrogen levels, many would need to be consumed in very large concentrated amounts, over a long period of time, which is not recommended. Herbalists and most natural health care practitioners would not use phytoestrogens in concentrated forms, especially if their patient has an estrogen dominant condition.

      While surgery is often necessary for many with uterine fibroids and offer much-needed symptom relief, it is important to continue to work to eliminate exogenous sources of estrogen (from diet and lifetsyle) and support the body in metabolizing excess estrogen. The Natural Therapy Plan in this article offers ways to consider supporting your body in doing so.

      Consider also the guidance offered in the article, Preparing for Conception Over 40.

      I hope this is helpful!

  4. I’m 25 years old, single and not sexually active. I was diagnosed with a myoma 9cm & w/ heavy menstrual bleeding. I was hospitalized for about 4 days because of my hemoglobin result being 69. OB Doctor advised me for BT, but asked for another treatment and instead they administered Erythropoethrin and Sucrofer. After they advised me to take oral medication such as Ferrous sulfate (IBERET) for anemia and oral pills (Exorton). After a week, I had my menstruation again. I can use about 2 baby diaper for about 2 days. To my accg. to my OB, oral pill was not effective for me and I started using Injectable pills every 2 wks. I would like to ask if it is ok to do removal of myoma even its 9cm?

    also, I would like to know how effective is GNRH agonist to reduce the size of myoma? the doctor advise to administer GNRH, but it was too expensive here in the Philippines. Lastly what are the foods that I should avoid that may cause enlargement of my myoma? thank you

    • Dear Kriz,

      I am sorry you have been through all of this! I am not able to advise you to have surgery or not. This is a personal decision and better discussed with your healthcare provider.

      We do not have any information regarding GnRH agonist use for myomas. Again, your doctor or a naturopathic doctor may have more information for you.

      The Natural Therapy Plan in this article shares information about foods to consider eliminating from your diet and others to consider eating.

      I wish for you ease as you choose the right plan of action for your fertility health needs.

  5. I am 45 years old and have fibroids. Recently my doctor told me my uterus is enlarged, its about 15 by 8 cm, and he recommended taking out my uterus. I do not have much symptoms now since I started to use vitex agnus castus to balance my hormones, and stopped eating red meat. I also tried the castor oil packs. My question is about this Vitex, I see you did not included on your herbal list. Do you know about it and do you suggest I keep on using it? The thing is I did not mention it to my gynecologist because he did not tell me about other options, he just told me to do the operation.

    • Dear Tina,

      How wonderful that you have seen such positive results given what you have been doing! For this simple fact, think about continuing doing that which you are. This being said though, your doctor knows your fertility health better than I, so while you may not want surgery, consider talking to him/her about taking some time to try natural therapies or at least share with him/her your concerns about surgery.

      There are herbs, nutritional supplements and natural therapies that have proven to support the body in maintaining a healthy environment within the uterus by promoting hormonal balance and supporting the body’s natural ability to reduce occurrences of occasional growths. One of said herbs is Fertilica Vitex and it’s ability to support hormone balance. Consider taking time to learn more about naturally supporting uterine health here…

      Be well!

  6. I am 26 old, in 21/ 12/ 2011 it shows The Uterus is anteverted and appears bulky withan inhomogenoustexture. It measures 112x59x72mm and contains small intramural fibroids measuring up to 10mm. Theendometrium appears thin and regular measuring 17mmy; LMPday 15 0f cycle. Both ovaries appear normal in size, shape and echotexture. The right ovary measures 35x22x24mm. The left ovary mesasures15x31x23mm. No free fluids oradnexal masses seen.

    I have heavy blood periode, 7 to 8 day very pain the periode comes has musculs very pain,
    I live in london.Help me to conceive please and rid of this intramural Fibroids.

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Hello!

      Consider carefully the guidance offered here is this article. The dietary and lifestyle changes, as well as herbs, nutritional supplements and natural therapies discussed have been found to support the body in maintaining a healthy environment within the uterus by promoting hormonal balance and supporting the body’s natural ability to reduce occurrences of occasional growths.

      You may also want to consider a Fertility Consultation. Our email consultations provide you with a personalized written guide and audio recording from a fertility herbalist, explaining the best natural therapies for your unique fertility issues.

      Best wishes!

  7. Dear Elizabeth Willett,
    I have been facing infertility hardship since 2004. During this menstrual cycle felt pain in pelvic area and also have suffered from heavy bleeding. On getting TVS ultrasound, I came to know that an oval-shaped hypoechoic mass was seen high in the endometrial cavity measuring 4.7 mm x 3.1 mm. Impression is of polyp as reported by the radiologist. She said no fibroid is there. I am feeling nausea and blotting. I also feel pressure on my abdominal area. I went to gynecologist and she was recommending surgical removal. I am interested in natural healing. Could you please guide me in this confusing time? Thanks & Much regards.

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Najma,

      As you have learned, uterine polyps or endometrial polyps are growths attached to the inner wall of the uterus and they often extend into the uterine cavity in some way (larger polyps more than smaller ones). They result from cells in the lining of the uterus that grow too much and leads to the formation of a polyps. It is my guess that surgery to remove the polyp was suggested as a way to experience symptom relief, but possible also because some uterine polyps can be cancerous or can eventually turn into cancer, although from what I know most uterine polyps are usually noncancerous or referred to as benign.

      Consider the suggestions made in the Natural Therapy Plan for Uterine Fibroids section of this article. If a plan is not made clear, please consider working one on one with our Fertility Herbalist through a Fertility Consultation. This will allow our fertility herbalist a clear holistic perspective on your situation to analyze and assess properly, and to help her see what it will take to properly bring your body back into balance.

      Best wishes!

  8. My fiance has Fibroids if she gets an operation what are the chances of her getting pregnant after the operation? Thank you

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Hello Henry!

      Surgery is often resorted to as a way remedy the symptoms of having uterine fibroids. While we often hear it is helpful for symptom relief, surgery does not address the underlying hormone imbalance contributing to fibroid growth and may also lead to scarring. The suggestions made in this article are to help someone concerned about that underlying hormone imbalance understand how they can naturally support hormone balance and a healthy uterine environment.

      I do not know the chances your fiance will have of getting pregnant after surgery. If you have a chance, ask her healthcare provider his/her thoughts.

      Best wishes!

  9. Hi, I am 45 years old and have a couple of fibroids (2 inches) and now lately seems I have a polyp or hyperplasia (this to be determined after the necessary test). I purchased the Fertility Cleanse and the Uterine kit in a hope this will help with my issues. My question- is the cleanse supposed to lasts just a month, between two cycles and then after I should follow up with the UterineWise Kit for 3 months at least? I understand the cleanse should be done at least twice a year, just wanted to make sure that it lasts a month at a time. Should I stop the DIM, Fibro defense the second time I do the cleanse or continue using them? I also purchased Primrose Oil soft gels, how should I use it? Thx

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Hello Janet!

      The Fertility Cleanse is considered a foundational step to help prepare your body to be able to better utilize herbs, nutritional supplements and natural therapies you might try. It should be done for one month, or one menstrual cycle, first and followed with the UterineWise Kit. To help promote normal uterine health, we suggest using all of the products in the UterineWise kit as suggested for a minimum of 3 months time if you can (for some longer).

      The Fertility Cleanse can be done twice a year yes, with about a 6 month break between cleanses.

      You can continue to take the herbs and supplements you have been for at least 2 weeks or longer while doing a Fertility Cleanse. We simply suggest waiting to start any new herbs until the Fertility Cleanse has been completed.

      I think you will appreciate the following article, Enhance Overall Fertility with Evening Primrose. It is best to follow the suggested use of the manufacturer of the Evening Primrose Oil you purchased. If you have Fertilica Evening Primrose Oil suggested use is:
      – When trying to Conceive: take 3 softgels 1-2 times a day from day 1-14 of the menstrual cycle.
      – Not Trying to Conceive: take 3 softgels 1-2 times a day, all month long.

      Best wishes!

  10. As I stated earlier I have 2 large uterine fibroids and am one month off birth control. I have finished the Fertilty cleanse and am using the Fibroid Kit and am ordering the Wobenzyme N. I have not had my period this month and wanted to see if I should add progesterone?

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Nicole,

      I first have to ask if there could be a chance that you are pregnant. If you still have not gotten your period, it is important to test if you could be pregnancy before you start any new supplements.

      I can not say what is causing you not to get period yet this month. For some women, it can take up to a year after stopping birth control use for their body to naturally regulate itself and support a normal menstrual cycle. It may be helpful to learn more about How to Balance Your Hormones After Birth Control, part of which is by doing a Fertility Cleanse. We do not however rely alone upon the Fertility Cleanse to bring back a woman’s period.

      I hope this is helpful!

  11. Im 49 years old, and had fibroids for five years, with so many symptoms. Will I have any side effects if i take the fibro defense since I have high blood? I’m hoping to avoid hysterectomy. Thank you :)

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Hello Imelda!

      I am not certain what you mean by “high blood”. If you mean high blood pressure, you will need to work closely with your healthcare provider regarding taking and herbs or nutritional supplements that may affect this for you.

      You could also consider a Natural Fertility Consultation after speaking with your healthcare provider. Our email consultations provide you with a personalized written guide and audio recording from a fertility herbalist, explaining the best natural therapies, herbs and supplements for your unique fertility issues.

      Take care!

  12. Hi l am 58 and have had fibroids for 20years or more but have never given any bother, l had them checked 9years ago, the Dr.said to just keep an eye on them. Then two years ago l had polyps,l was told again to keep an eye on them,anyway now 2 years on l have fibroids the size of a grapefruit, how can they grow so big when l have am 8 years into menopause. My question is can l take something to shrink the fibroids or do l have to have a. Hysterectomy as the Dr wants me to have. I do not want a hysterectomy. Would a myomectomy be possible at my age., would appreciate your comments. Many thanks

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Kate,

      I am not a medical doctor and can not speak to the best way for you to deal with the uterine fibroids you have. If you are not happy with the opinions of your current doctor, it is your right to seek a second opinion and the advice of a healthcare practitioner willing to listen to your wishes and guide you in not having to have a hysterectomy if possible.

      This being said, what many healthcare providers have learned is that uterine fibroids and polyps are fueled by excess estrogen. The estrogen comes from our diets, lifestyle products (personal care, cleaning, laundry even…) and our environments. These excess bad estrogens are knows as xenohormones.

      The great part is the suggestions made here can be tried alone, or in addition to many uterine health plans natural or medical (should you find a doctor willing to support you).

      Best wishes!

  13. I am 56 years old and past menopause. I can see my uterus because it has dropped and have watched a fibroid grow to and inch in the past 3 years. What can I do naturally to get rid of it?

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Hello Kathy!

      The dietary and lifestyle changes, as well as the natural therapies, offered in this article support normal uterine health, the bodies natural ability to reduce the occurrence of occasional growths within the uterus, and promote the breakdown and removal of excess estrogen from the body which has been shown through research to fuel these growths. The herbs, supplements and natural therapies referred to also encourage normal circulation to the uterus and may help to reduce occasional swelling and uterine discomfort.

      This being said, given the information we share is for women in their reproductive years, your hormonal needs post menopause may be different. It is going to be best to discuss your uterine health changes and supporting your hormone balance with your healthcare provider to help formulate the best plan of action for your needs at this stage in life. You may be able to incorporate a Natural Therapy Plan for Uterine Fibroids with the suggestions your healthcare provider makes and/or share with him that which you are interested in trying.

      In Health ~ Elizabeth

  14. I have been on oral contraception for 14 years and have just discovered that I have 3 uterine fibroids. Two are over 3 inches in size, and causing symptoms. I am stopping the pill and just ordered the combo cleanse and uterine kit. How should I proceed? Cleanse then uterine kit? Also any other suggestions on reducing the size of the fibroids to avoid surgery would be great. I’m 33 and would like the option of children.
    Thank you!

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Hello Nicole!

      You would want to complete the Fertility Cleanse Kit first and then start using the UterineWise Kit. Consider the use of the UterineWise Kit for a minimum of three months (for some longer).

      It is also important to work to decrease your environmental exposure to xenohormones including xenosetrogens.

      Avoiding environmental pollutants in your foods is key. Eating organic or grass fed and free-range helps to do this. Switching to the use of the lifestyle items listed below as often as you can will decrease your exposure to certain environmental toxins and may support continued hormone balance as well…
      ~ natural feminine care products
      ~ organic, natural body care products, including makeup
      ~ Avoiding food preservatives and dyes
      ~ Use low VOC paints
      ~ Use recycled unbleached paper products
      ~ Use non-chlorinated oxygen based bleach in the laundry

      I wish you well!

  15. Can i find some of these herbs in organic stores?