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3 Things Women with Uterine Fibroids Should Be Doing Daily

3 Things Women with Uterine Fibroids Should Be Doing Daily

Dark leafy green vegetables are one of the best ways to promote healthy estrogen metabolism.

Dark leafy green vegetables are one of the best ways to promote healthy estrogen metabolism.

Uterine fibroids are extremely common! In the journal Fertility and Sterility, Texas A&M University Health Science Center researcher Tiffany A. Katz, Ph.D. shares this eye-opening statistic, “Uterine fibroids (UFs) affect 70–80% of women during their lifetime, and are the leading indication for hysterectomies in premenopausal women, with over 200,000 per year in the US…” Uterine fibroids are benign muscle growths that can be found in multiple locations in the uterus. They can impact fertility by way of interfering with proper implantation of an embryo, especially if they are protruding into the uterine cavity.

While doctors understand there needs to be an event that causes fibroids to develop, the exact cause of this initial uterine fibroid formation is unknown. What is known is that hormonal factors appear to play a role in their growth. Uterine fibroids are estrogen-sensitive, meaning that they respond to estrogen in the same way that the lining of your uterus does – growing in response to the estrogen circulating in the body. Excess estrogen is one of the main culprits in causing not only fibroid growth, but also creates a hormonal imbalance, which then causes disordered ovulation and may affect a woman’s ability to conceive and sustain pregnancy.

There are ways to support the body in maintaining a healthy environment within the uterus, and thankfully these 3 simple lifestyle changes may offer great support in healthy estrogen metabolism. Poor estrogen metabolism is a contributing factor to fibroid growth making it important to support healthy estrogen metabolism every day.

3 Things To Do Daily to Encourage Estrogen Metabolism

Beyond starting your natural fertility program for uterine fibroids with a Fertility Cleanse, you should also consider…

1. Liver Health Support
The liver helps to filter excess hormones and toxins that lead to hormone imbalance within the body. Two commonly known liver health herbs are milk thistle seed and dandelion root and leaf.

  • Milk Thistle Seed (Silybum marianum) encourages cell renewal through gentle cleansing to ensure optimal liver health. In addition, Milk Thistle seed stimulates the secretion of bile which aids in digestion. We know Milk Thistle Seed as one of the most protective plants for liver health.
  • Dandelion Root & Leaf (Taraxicum officinalis) provide liver support for improved hormonal balance. Dandelion leaf is high in vitamins and minerals and is nourishing to the entire body. The root aids in liver health and stimulates digestion for improved estrogen metabolism.

2. Nourish Your Endocrine System
The endocrine system is affected not only by the stress in our daily lives, but also the toxins in the environment. Following the Natural Fertility Diet to nourish and support this system will help it function at its best and keep hormones balanced. It is also important to limit or avoid foods that may contribute to estrogen dominance.

Foods to Eat:
Dark green leafy vegetables
Whole grains
Fresh fruit
FertiliGreens or Spriulina
Flaxseed- freshly ground
Foods to Limit:
Note: Choose organic sources
Red meat

Lifestyle Products to Avoid
This list of lifestyle products and foods is known to disrupt the proper function of the endocrine system (responsible for hormone production and function, as well as cause undue inflammation. Katz also shares, “EDC [endocrine-disrupting chemical] binding to nuclear receptors can alter hormonal functions by mimicking naturally occurring hormones in the body, blocking the endogenous hormone from binding or interfering with the production or regulation of hormones and/or their receptors.”

Endocrine-disrupting chemical exposure (namely the chemical diethylstilbestrol) and risk of developing uterine fibroids has been clearly linked in two large prospective studies, the 20-year Nurses Health Study II (2015) and the NIEHS Uterine Fibroid Study (2014). Because of these and other studies, practitioners of all modalities feel it’s important to avoid the following:

Hormone replacement therapy
Non-natural body care products
Non-natural make-up
Saturated fats
Unsaturated vegetable oils
Junk foods

3. Consider Supplement Support

  • Fibro Defense – a powerful blend of herbs known to help the body reduce excess estrogen that fuels abnormal growths, stimulate liver activity for improved estrogen metabolism, and promote the health and function of uterine tissues.
  • DIMa nutrient found in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, kale and rutabaga with the ability to balance hormones and aid in the breakdown of estrogen.

Uterine fibroids, while mysterious, are known to be fueled by estrogen from not only the body, but also from our food, lifestyle products and environment. Working to decrease daily exposure to contributors of estrogen dominance and support the body in healthy estrogen metabolism are ways in which woman dealing with this fertility issue can support their bodies and work toward achieving natural pregnancy.


Dr. Kimberly Langdon Cull M.D., OB/GYN
Dr. Kimberly Langdon Cull M.D., OB/GYN

Dr. Kimberly Langdon Cull is a University-trained Obstetrician/Gynecologist with 19-years of clinical experience. She delivered over 2000 babies and specializes in gynecologic diseases such as menstrual disorders, infertility diagnosis and treatment especially pertaining to tubal blockage and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Dr. Langdon is the inventor of 6 patent pending medical devices, and attended Ohio State University from 1987-1995 receiving her Medical Doctorate Degree (M.D.) with Honors in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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    Hello, I am scheduled to have a Hysteroscopy and D &C because of thickened uterine wall as well as a polyp or fibroid. I am 58 and in good health. I used birth control for about 3-4 in the 80’s.(4 children) I began menopause at about 53. I was wondering if there is anything that I can do to help thin my uterine wall and or address this polyp. I would like to have another TVUltrasound prior to the procedure and always want to help my body as naturally as possible. Are there herbs that I can use to help with before and after? Family history of breast cancer and thyroid cancer. redhead with very fibrous cystic breast until menopause…

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    I’ve been told I had two large fibroids( ultrasounds) but an MRI shows adenomyosis. Any advice or articles for this condition?

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    Hi , I just started using chaste berry tree vitex I biol it and extract the tea how many cups can I take a day please I need an answer I started taking it after I watched someone make a video of it on YouTube that said it can balance hormone and shrink fibroid please am I on the right track?.

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    Hi there –
    I am a big fan on Dim, but just did a month on the recommended dose of Fibro Defense and I really feel like it made me gain weight – it feels somehow like it heightened my estrogen – breasts feel swollen and unexplained weight gain (jus a bit but I notice and no other changes) Is there any explanation for this in the ingredients? Thanks

    • Dear AT,

      Fibro Defense is in part designed to support the liver for improved estrogen metabolism. When excess estrogen is being metabolized properly and the body’s naturally-produced estrogen can connect to hormone receptor sites, there is a “hormone shift”. During this time of shifting and as the body works to re-balance, there can be temporary symptoms, one of which may be breast tenderness. Fibro Defense is not known to cause weight gain. That said, a hormone shift could theoretically be at play. All these signs of hormones balancing should level out and go away if your diet and lifestyle are optimal, and with consistent use of natural therapies. We suggest a minimum of three months use of a natural program for uterine fibroids.

      Be sure to refer to our guide The Best Natural Remedies for Uterine Fibroids… to learn about a healthy diet and lifestyle. Stay hydrated and be sure to be active/exercise daily. If you consume caffeine, try cutting back or eliminating it. It is well-known that women with breast tenderness (and even some who experience water weight gain) experience relief when they cut back or eliminate caffeine (particularly in the week or so preceding menstruation).

      Take care!

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    Hi! I recently purchased a bottle of Fibro Defense. I’m hopeful about the results because I’ve seen so many great reviews on it. But, I noticed that a lot of people complain about bleeding once they begin taking the supplement. Looking at the ingredients themselves, I can’t figure out what would cause this to happen. Is this a natural occurence because the tumor is shrinking?
    Thank you!

    • Dear Paula,

      Any time the hormones begin to shift and circulation to the uterus is enhanced there is potential for spotting and bleeding time to shift temporarily. Uterine fibroids are often a result of stagnation and can be exacerbated by low circulation, so the goal is to change that. Fibro Defense also has mild cleansing activity which might be cause as well. Some of the women may also be practicing Self Fertility Massage, using Castor Oil Packs or other natural therapies that could affect bleeding too.

      No two women with uterine fibroids experience them or natural therapies (herbs included) the same. We do also hope that those naturally supporting a healthy uterine environment are not relying on Fibro Defense alone, as shared in this guide and the guide The Best Natural Remedies for Uterine Fibroids…

      I hope this helps you remain hopeful!

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    I am so grateful for all the information you have here. I am nearly 39 and have been on the pill for about 20 years, with only two little interruptions years ago. For a few reasons, one being IBS, I have decided to stop taking the pill. What would you advise I take before stopping and what do you advise I start taking as soon as I stop the pill, please?
    My gynaecologist is a fan of the pill, so not much support there.

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    I just discovered a week ago that i have myoma thru TVS. I asked an OB to co relate it. Btw, the size is 10.54 x8x8 cm. The OB told me that I need to have another TVS this coming December and if the size is still the same during that time it will be the time for operation. She didn’t give me any medicine or any diet restriction. But I search online and also change my diet and avoid meat. I also took mx3 food supplement. And Even before learning I have myoma i already had a once a week foot reflexology. I don’t have any symptoms except my lower abdomen looks bloated.

    • Dear Eash,

      It is my opinion that dietary and lifestyle changes, along with herbs and nutritional supplements are all great to learn as much as you can about and consider. Wouldn’t it be amazing to return for that TVS in December to have your doctor see that the myoma (fibroid) is changing for the better? I can not promise this will happen with natural therapies alone, yet it seems worth trying everything that you can. Consider reviewing this article The Best Natural Remedies for Uterine Fibroids.

      There are also times when the best first step is to have a myoma removed. I share more in my guide Importance of Natural Uterus Support After Fibroid Removal.

      I hope this is all helpful!

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    Saturated fats form the core structural fats in the human body and are a clean burning (low free radical production) efficient energy type, particularly loved by the brain which is largely made from saturated fats. Anti-nutrient?? I don’t think so.

    • Dear Matt,

      It is commonly known that monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are good fats, industrial-made trans fats are the bad ones and that saturated fats fall somewhere in between good and bad, near enough the bad to suggest they be limited to only organic sources or avoided entirely when battling infertility. This may not be as true for those in an optimal state of health.

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    How can I access the mentioned products.Do I need to purchase them let me know so that I can make arrangements

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    I love what I am reading! I have had two operations to remove firboid and the sad thing is that they are growing back. I would like your advice on the products I should buy for the fibroids to shrink and be able to conceive. I have been trying to conceive for like 4 years.

    Kindly assist me.

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    Thank you for another article about fibroids. This year I have tried two kinds of Dim, a high dosage of Vitamin A and Vitex. My cycle is not as heavy but I do have a small cyst and fibroid. I take Megafoods daily vitamins (6 a day formula), drink herbal teas daily and avoid most processed foods. I do not eat dairy, red meat or pork. However I am still suffering with terrible cramps, vomiting and frequent bathroom trips on my cycle. I am wondering which product to try next? Should it be another kind of Dim? Fibroid Defense? Milk Thistle? I know it’s all trial and error so I am not giving up. Thank you again for this article.

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    If you are abiding by the modern healthcare ideals, then yes, keep away from all the fat that helps your brain to function, hormones to regulate, and helps you to absorb nutrients and vitamins. However, if you are a studied believer in real food, then eat fats, HEALTHY fats. Good fats do NOT lead to an Estrogen dominance. Quite the opposite, hormones are made out of cholesterol and the foods that have the highest cholesterol also contain the best types of fats. If you don’t eat enough cholesterol, your body can’t make hormones.

    Here are six GREAT foods to boost your cholesterol to help balance your hormones naturally: Egg Yolks, Liver, Fish Oils, Animal Fats, Butter, Red Meat

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Boholistic Mom,

      We support eating quality good fats from vegetable sources, but also organic and grass fed animal sources. Not all fats need to be avoided when dealing with uterine fibroids, however saturated fats should be. Saturated fats are considered anti-nutrients. I will clarify this in my list here is this article.

      This being said, fats from animal products can contribute to inflammation within the body, can be congesting and trigger “flare-ups” (pain) and hormone imbalance when they are not organic, free range or grass fed. Products from conventionally raised animals contain a variety of xenohormones and antibiotics which are known to be toxic the the human body and contribute to the hormone imbalance and estrogen dominance that is a culprit with this fertility issue. Anti-nutrients such as alcohol, sugar and saturated fats make it difficult for your body to regulate hormones. A healthy diet may help reduce some of the symptoms.

      In short is it is best to avoid or limit your consumption of foods that have hormones in them, such as processed foods, non-organic eggs, meat and dairy products.

      Quality sources of beneficial fats are coconut oil, flax seeds (fresh ground), cage free organic eggs, wild Alaskan salmon, avocado and even sunflower oil.

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

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    I guess there is a contradiction between getting rid of fibroid and willing for conceiving. The former needs low levels of estrogen while the latter require high level of estrogen related with good fertility. Please help me understand the situation because I experience such situation. Thanks!

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Majda,

      It is important to maintain healthy hormone balance, including healthy estrogen balance, for health fertility and reproductive system function.

      Low levels of estrogen are not necessary for the helping the body maintain and support its natural ability to reduce occurrences of occasional growths within the uterus. What should be considered is eliminating excess harmful estrogens so the body’s naturally produced estrogen can be properly utilized. In order to promote healthy estrogen balance within our bodies, we have to protect ourselves from harmful xenoestrogens (toxins) and anti-nutrients. Xenoestrogens may cause estrogen dominance. Because of this we must also consider liver supporting herbs for natural detoxification.

      Uterine fibroids are estrogen-sensitive, meaning that they respond to estrogen in the same way that the lining of your uterus does — growing in response to circulating estrogen. Excess estrogen in one of the main culprits in causing fibroid/polyp growth.

      Hormones fluctuate throughout the menstrual cycle and I think our Estrogen Fertility Guide may also help you understand the function and importance of this hormone throughout the cycle and to achieve successful pregnancy.

      I hope this offered clarity!