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The Best Natural Remedies for Uterine Fibroids…

The Best Natural Remedies for Uterine Fibroids…

Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous 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 (referred to as a uterine polyp) or very rarely form within the cervix. They can range in size from microscopic to several inches in diameter. 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. In this article, we will discuss the different types of fibroids, causes, symptoms, medical treatments, and a natural therapy plan including Fertility Cleansing, eating a fertility diet, herbs, and Self Fertility Massage.

Types of Uterine Fibroids

Submucosal: grow in the innermost layer of the uterus
Intramural: grow in the middle layer of the uterus
Subserosal: 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 20% – 80% of women by age 50 will develop uterine fibroids, according to the Office on Women’s Health at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, doctors are actually unsure of what causes them to occur. What they do know, however, is that estrogen and progesterone contribute to the growth of the fibroids.

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) understand that “reproductive hormones like estrogen appear to stimulate cells to release growth factors (growth factors are chemicals secreted by cells which stimulate other cells to increase in size and number and to differentiate into specialized types of cells…)”

Estrogen and progesterone are at their highest levels during a woman’s childbearing years; this is why uterine fibroids are thought to develop during this time. Normally, after a woman goes through menopause, her body produces lower levels of estrogen and progesterone causing the fibroids to begin to shrink and any associated symptoms, such as pain and pressure to 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 the 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. In one case study highlighted in the New England Journal of Medicine, Elizabeth A. Stewart, M.D., of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the Mayo Clinic shares, “The lifetime prevalence of fibroids exceeds 80% among black women…”

Factors that May Increase Fibroid Development

An increase in lifetime exposure to estrogen:
There are many factors that increase a woman’s lifetime exposure to estrogen. More than at any other time in history, women are exposed to more estrogen. This increased exposure can contribute to a wide variety of reproductive health problems, including the development of uterine fibroids. The following factors increase a woman’s lifetime exposure to estrogen:

  • Early menarche – the longer a woman has her menstrual cycle, the longer estrogen levels are elevated
  • Fewer pregnancies – many women today are restricting how many children they are having or are not having children at all, which increases their total exposure to estrogen
  • High body fat content – body fat produces and stores estrogen; the more body fat a woman has the more estrogen she has
  • Exposure to xenoestrogens – plastics, pesticides, herbicides, synthetic hormones in both meat and dairy products, and hormone replacement therapy (HRT) including oral contraceptives (birth control) containing synthetic estrogen
  • Poor estrogen metabolism – some women’s bodies have a harder time removing and metabolizing excess estrogen

In addition to exposure to estrogen, the following factors may also play a role in the development of uterine fibroids:

  • 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 fibroid’s 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:

  • Interference with implantation of the ovum
  • Compressing the fallopian tubes, preventing conception
  • Anovulatory cycles
  • Abnormal uterine blood flow, hindering movement of sperm to ova
  • Miscarriage
  • Intrauterine growth retardation (IUGR)
  • Premature rupture of the membranes
  • Contributing to retained placenta after birth
  • A postpartum hemorrhage
  • An 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 often these women 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 uterine fibroids is removal. I say successful lightly, especially in the case of removal of the uterine fibroids alone, as new ones can develop post-surgery and any remaining parts of older fibroids can begin to grow back. There are four ways in which doctors aim to remove uterine fibroids:

    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 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 cause infertility.

    ExAblate – Focused Ultrasound Therapy (MRgFUS)
    A relatively new way to eliminate uterine fibroids is through a non-invasive technique using high doses of focused ultrasound waves (HIFU). This procedure destroys the uterine fibroids without damaging the surrounding uterine tissue. As an outpatient procedure, doctors perform ExAblate in a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner, which allows the doctor to “see” inside of the body and target the uterine fibroids with HIFU.

    Because ExAblate is a newer procedure, it is not available everywhere; it is only available in select countries and states in the U.S. In addition, not all health insurance plans cover MRgFUS. To learn more, please visit www.uterine-fibroids.org.

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. Neither doctors nor natural healthcare practitioners have been able to find an exact solution for 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. NIH researchers are investigating the impact of pesticide or other chemical(s) exposure has on hormones might interact with the growth factors known to stimulate uterine fibroid growth mentioned earlier in this guide.

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 number 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)
  • Ethinyl estradiol (common in oral contraceptive pills, this is released into the environment as a xenoestrogen through the urine and feces of women who use this)
  • Heptachlor and dieldrin, DDT (insecticides)

Dietary 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 eat 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 and 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

Supplementation with DIM can increase the body’s natural ability to metabolize and remove excess estrogen. The goal is to help the body manage estrogen in a better way in hopes that any existing uterine fibroids will see a reduction in exposure to estrogen. In theory, this may help slow the growth of fibroids and prevent the formation of new ones.

In summary, from the work of Epidemiologist Courtney Sperlazza, MPH, DIM in part converts bad estrogens into good estrogen metabolites, some of which the body uses and others it excretes. Bad estrogen metabolites are those with the potential to exacerbate problems commonly attributed to estrogen excess; PMS, water retention, acne, low libido, uterine fibroids and endometriosis, etc.

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 stimulates 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 the 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): Ginger root is 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): This root 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 by helping to reduce inflammation.

    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. It may help prevent hemorrhage due to excessive bleeding and is 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, as well as 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, and metabolic waste from our bodies. This is very important for women with uterine fibroids.

    Maitake Mushroom (Grifola frondosa): This mushroom is known to have strong immune-supporting actions, including promotion of natural killer (NK) cells. Notable studies out of University of California at Davis School of Medicine and Tokyo University Pharmacy and Life Science have proven Maitake has anti-tumor properties; fighting against the development of abnormal tissue by supporting the body’s natural immune response against tumors and other growths like fibroids and cysts. It is also useful for 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 that clears the body of excess tissues and toxins. Castor oil packs stimulate the lymphatic and circulatory systems. 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 a 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, promoting 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 the 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 detoxify the tissues in the uterus, work to manage pain if present and reduce heavy or mid-cycle menstrual bleeding due to fibroids. The overall goal is to support a healthy normal functioning uterus for a lifetime!

References

Dr. Christine Traxler M.D., OB/GYN
Dr. Christine Traxler M.D., OB/GYN

Dr. Traxler is a University-trained obstetrician/gynecologist, working with patients in Minnesota for over 20 years. She is a professional medical writer; having authored multiple books on pregnancy and childbirth; textbooks and coursework for medical students and other healthcare providers; and has written over 1000 articles on medical, health, and wellness topics.  Dr. Traxler attended the University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences and University of Minnesota Medical School,  earning a degree in biochemistry with summa cum laude honors in 1981,  and receiving her Medical Doctorate degree (MD) in 1986.

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    EXCELLENT ARTICLE!! Thank you so much for this wonderful helpful information…Fibroids and associated hormonal imbalances/systems such as PCOS can be detrimental to woman. So glad woman have access to such great pieces like this!
    Thank you!!! 🙂 Great work

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    I was diagnose 6 months ago that i have fibroid and ovarian cyst and and i was on no medication until i started drinking chlorella powder about 1 month ago. My menstruation was abnormal and i went to the hospital and i was told i have blood clots in my uterus,i was given medication for that but my menses is corrected but not properly. I now want to know what type of medication can i use,am a foreigner and leaves in china. Am interested in your products too.how can i get some to buy internationally?

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    Hi! There was a study done indicating that 800 mg of EGCg (green tea extract) reduced uterine fibroids by 34%. Do you know if EGCg has negative effects on egg quality / women trying to conceive? Thanks! Here is a link to the study: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23950663

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Hi Besty!

      Epigallocatechin gallate or EGCg is a potent antioxidant commonly found in the highest quantities in white and green tea and lesser amounts in black tea. We have learned that research is showing too much green tea consumption may inhibit the body’s ability to properly absorb folic acid which as you may know is instrumental in fetal neural tube development. It is worth taking a look at before deciding in EGCg is right for you. You may also want to speak with your healthcare provider to get his/her perspective.

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    hi from India..
    I am 33 years old women suffering from multiple fibroids.The most bigger one is 7cms situated in lower uterine segment..already underwent myomectomy two years before.last year i had anovulatory cycle for more than 8 to 10 times..I am planning to get pregnant but my gynecologist suggested to undergo myomectomy once again.my question is can i get pregnant without undergoing myomectomy.? Is there any alternative treatment helps me to stop further growth of fibroids?please guide me thank you

    • Hi bhashu,

      The natural therapies in this guide are worth considering prior to and after surgery to help prevent regrowth or new foreign tissue growth, which is common after surgical removal. You know this, because it happened to you. The natural therapies here are to support the body in functioning normally; forming normal uterine tissues without formation of foreign tissue growths. This is done through specific therapies to support hormone balance and improve the tissues of the uterus.

      Discuss with your doctor the age of your fibroid. Older fibroids tend to become hard as they age and begin to slow growth. These larger, harder, older fibroids tend to not respond as well to natural therapies. In this case, surgery may be the best option to maintain the health of the uterus. The location of the fibroid is also of concern, as a lower placed myoma (fibroid) may hinder a vaginal childbirth and cause labor complications.

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    hi am a herbalist too, but there are some species we don’t have in uganda, can we get access to some of your treatment and we supply too? contact me direct. Lawrence Herbalist Trainer.

    • Hi Katuramu,

      If you are interested in herbs we sell in our shop, please contact our customer service department directly here: http://natural-fertility-info.com/contact-us

      There are many large herbal companies in the U.S. that sell bulk herbs like Mountain Rose Herbs and Frontier. Those may be options for you if you are wanting to make your own herbal preparations with some of these herbs.

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    Say you reduce the size of the fibroids and manage to get pregnant with natural cleansing, what happens if the the fibroids grow again whilst pregnant? I currently have 3 large outside the womb, one of which is the size of an orange, and various smaller ones inside – 6 or more in total. Will this not interfere with a healthy pregnancy and birth? How can you prevent a miscarriage or premature birth?

    • Hi Marina,

      It is best to resolve issues with uterine fibroids prior to conception. It is possible to get pregnant with uterine fibroids, and they typically don’t grow during pregnancy, though this is greatly dependent on a case by case basis. Uterine fibroids can interfere with conception and a healthy pregnancy. I covered this here…

      The goal with natural therapies for uterine fibroids is to help the body reduce fibroid growth, prevent recurrence through hormone balance and improved uterine function. The best way to prevent pregnancy complications due to uterine fibroids is to resolve this health issue prior to even trying for a baby.

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    Hello! I am 48 yrs old & overweight. Last year, an ultrasound showed four fibroids (largest 5 cm; others around 2 cms). I have had very heavy and prolonged bleeding, which has increased over the past few years.
    I have always been a big milk drinker: 4-8 cups of skim milk/day throughout my adult life. When I received the fibroid diagnosis 8 months ago, I stopped consuming dairy products. My severe cramps stopped with the next cycle. For six months I had even heavier bleeding (possibly because the cramping had played a role in shutting down the bleeding?) … and then for the last two months the bleeding and excessive period length have been greatly reduced. I feel I am heading back to normal.
    I want to lose weight and improve my diet, but … do you think it is possible that eliminating dairy could have shrunk the fibroids? I am so hopeful that I have solved the problem.
    Any thoughts you have on this would be much appreciated!
    Thank you.

    • Hi Karen,

      There is no way to know if discontinuing consumption of skim milk has reduced your fibroid growth or not. We are not fans of low fat, reduced fat or skim milk, especially non-organic dairy milk of those varieties. You are doing your body a huge favor by no longer consuming non-organic skim milk because you have removed possible xenohormones from your diet.

      If you would like to lose weight, improve your reproductive health and quality of life, you may want to consider finding a naturopath to work with in your area.

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    H,i please i want to know whether the natural treatment has any side effect like loosing weight change of complexion etc

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    I have suffered from fibroid for many years (multiple growth) as ultra sound showed back in 2009. I went for thermal massage for three months, well the size reduced I was great but unfortunately they started to grow again very fast. Maybe because I had no knowledge that the food I eat was the cause untill I came to this site. I have been feeding on row vegies and fruits for two years now my body has reduced completely but the tumor has not gone it is very hard and I still experience heavy period. Four times I have been booked for an operation but not done as I always do not have enough blood. I am from Kenya and wondering how to get the plants and roots you mention. Is there any way you can extent your natural treatment to us women suffering here in Kenya. I will appreciate if you replied through my email address.

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    I have recurrence of endometrial polyp. The polyp was removed twice. The last was in October, 2013, and before that in 2009. I suffer from hypothyroidism. My periods are regular. The doctor says this will hinder conception and the polyp needs to be removed before any ART. Please suggest natural remedies. I am already taking 1000 mg of Royal Jelly before breakfast and 340mg of Wheatgerm oil twice a day morning and night.

    • Hi Shakti,

      If you would like personalized guidance, please consider purchasing a consultation. Both the hypothyroidism and the location and size of the polyp needs to be addressed prior to going for ART. One of our herbalists can help to guide you to the best natural therapies for you, based on your personal history, including the work you are currently doing with your doctor. If you need help preparing for an upcoming ART treatment, please consider purchasing a consultation.

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    For someone dat has ulcer & multiple uterine fibroid what advice would u giv to d person

    • Each person is different, with different health related issues and in your case, we would need more information to guide you to natural therapies regarding your particular challenges. Please consider learning more about our consultation program. Thanks.

  12. Update 2014 – We are back! We have been away for a while and we sure have missed all of your wonderful questions and thoughts on our articles. Moving forward, one of our staff herbalists will be here to respond to comments! We look forward to connecting with our readers once again!

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    Hi, I have uterine fibroids. I am currently breastfeeding my son and am on birth control (depo provera) to control my extremely heavy periods. I was told that until I wean my son from breastfeeding this is really the only option to control my bleeding. I’m wondering if the herbs you mention will be beneficial even though I am taking birth control and if they are dafe while breastfeeding. I am worried about the fibroids affecting my future pregnancies as they grew larger while I was pregnant with my son. I was told that if I don’t have them removed my next pregnancy will be considered high risk and if I do have them removed I will have to have a c-section. Thank you for any input.

    • Hi Sarah,

      Since you are on hormonal birth control and breastfeeding your son I cannot suggest you take any of the herbs mentioned in this article. Your concerns are valid. You can still implement the diet tips! How long do you want to breastfeed your son and is this desire interfering with your health? This is what you should be thinking about, weighing the health of his nutritional intake and your blood loss each cycle. You have two health concerns that are pretty major here.

      Consider iron intake as well. I have some opinions on how long to breastfeed when it comes to beginning herbs for fertility, that section of this article may help you make a decision.

      With larger fibroids, surgical removal from a really good surgeon specializing in this is imperative to maintaining the health of the uterus and ensuring a future healthy pregnancy, fibroid free!

      I wish you all the best! Sending lots of clarity your way.

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    Hi,

    I just stumbled across your website as I have been diagnosed with uterine fibroid. I have about 5 fibroids and the largest is 8.79cm, 6.00cm, 5. 59cm, 4cm and 3.5cm. My doctor has recommended I be put on Lupron medication to try and shrink the fibroid and thin the blood supply to the fibroid before undertaking an operation to remove the fibroid. I don’t want to take the medication as it forces me into temporary menopause and has some side effects. I am also not keen on the operation either.
    Based on your recommendation, which of your medication is the best one to use for my case and how effective is it? How can i get it and does it have any side effect? What is the science behind it and how does it go about shrinking the fibroid?

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      Hi Stephanie,

      I’m having same issue. My uterus is 10 times normal size due to a fibroid. My dr wants me to take Lupron to shrink it. And have a hysterectomy eventually. How did your situation turn out? Does anyone else have any info on this? Anyone else going through this? Any response on natural remedy? Thank you!

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    Do i need a doctor’s prescription to get uterinewise kit? i have been diagnosed with uterine fibroid.i have normal blood flow,regular period of 30 days but with severe pain before period.my lower abdomen is distended.i only take hot water when tasty which is ultimately to help with the flow.

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    I have uterine fibroids. This week was the first time I had to be admitted and rcv 2 units of blood. Does this happen a lot with uterine fibroids that you bleed more/heavy during your periods? MDs suggest hysterectomy. Should I start your products?

    Thanks!

    • Sandra – It is common for some women with uterine fibroids to have excessive menstrual bleeding. There are other medical options for women with uterine fibroids other than hysterectomy. Please seek a second opinion if you are concerned hysterectomy is not for you. A consultation with one of our herbalists may help you determine how to move forward.

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    Hi Heather,
    I am hearing a lot about Essic tea, which helps in the reduction of Fibroids. Do you have more information about his tea? I

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    I am wondering which of your product would be benefit my situation. I did ultra sound and it shows 3.5cm and 2.0cm intramural fibroids, and 3.2cm subserosal fibroid. I also have 3mm nabothian cyst. It also showed occulsion of my fallopian tube.I have history of fibroids, cyst and endotremosis in the past and i surgically removed them. Obviously it appears they are growing back, im 39 and wants to have kids. I have not started to get pregnant yet. Please help me choose which of your product that will help my situation. Thanks.

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    Hi,

    I am 41 years old and live in France, I move here from Sweden.
    In September 2011 I was diagnosed with a fibrome 13×11 in diameter. ( seen by ultrasound) Then in february this year 2012, I did another full scan which revealed that it had not grown, but that I have 3 other fibromes – one in the bottom of my vagina, and another of them is connected to my big fibrome. The other 3 are about 2cm in diameter.

    I dont plan to have children, but I have since childhood believed in the natural healing of herbs and I do not want to do a c-section which would cut of all the nerves.

    I have already gone to see two doctors, one for embolization – but since my fibrome is larger than 10 cm that is not possible. So I set up a time for a hysterectomi. but I am still looking for a way out.

    Do you have any documented studies with women in my situation? The fibrome does not give me any symptom, I have my period as normal, no urinary problems and not feeling uncomfortable. I feel that I want to cancel the operation and wait another 6 months, I am willing to take that chance if it can reduce it in a normal way.

    All the best

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    Am in Nigeria and I have ovarian cyst and staph infection. How do I get your products

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    Hello. Thank you for this site and a place to come so we don’t feel all alone with this issue.
    I have multiple fibroids on the outside of my uterus. I find it very painful off and on during the month. They give me pains up my rectum, virginia, and around my bladder. It feels most often like a vice is trying to open up in the rectum area.
    I often lay down with a hot water bottle to try and relieve the pain. The pain seems to be more frequent some months then others but I get the pain every month at some point.
    I do go to a naturopath and I presently am taking Tryfonia and Estro Detox. Because they are on the outside of the uterus what might you recommend for these issues?
    When I went to a doctor about them they told me that the first thing they would have to do is put me on the pill. I really have an issue with this method because of side effects of the pill but I feel like I might have too because the pain is unbearable most months.
    I look forward to your response.

    Thank you,
    Rose

    • One thing that comes to mind to help with the pain ASAP is getting some rolfing or myofacial release done. Does your Naturopath have you on a program? How long have you been on it? What is your diet like? There are a lot of factors here. My best suggestion is to book an Email Fertility Consultation so we can take a look at your health history, cycle, diet, etc. and make suggestions that are specific for your situation and not so general. If you would like to book a consultation you can do so here: http://natural-fertility-info.com/natural-fertility-email-consultations
      They will be available again starting march 5th.

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    Hi , Ive been marriage for 9 years already and i haven’t been able to get pregnant . I tryed IVF on Feb 2011 and had a miscarriage on April 2011. One of the reason was that they found that i had 2 uterine fibroids one was 6cm and the other one was 3cm. On Feb of 2012 i had a surgery they remove my two fibroids. Dr. tells me that i can now get pregnant by my own without any ivf but i would like for you to please help me by recomending me one of your product so that i no longer wait to get pregnat . I really want to get pregnant this year im 33 years old. I would really appreciate to your response.

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    I have fibroids I was told they are the size of a 5 month pregnancy and I have no other option but to remove my womb I was giving a shot to help shrink them I asked if I shrink them could I have at least one pregnancy I was told no is there any other option for me.
    Desperate Sandra P

    • Hi Sandra P,

      Due to the size of your uterine fibroid, it would be best to work one on one with a doctor in your area. If you are interested in natural healing methods, you may want to also look for a naturopathic doctor to work with as well.

      All the best to you!

      Dalene

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    I was suprised to not see castor oil packs on this list? Reason why not?

    • Hi Desiree,

      We feel it is best to heal them through reducing estrogen dominance and balancing progesterone levels first. You are right though, Castor Oil packs are a great complimentary therapy to the other suggestions here. So is Self Fertility Massage and Systemi Enzyme Therapy.

      Thanks for pointing that out, we will update the article!

      Best Wishes,

      Dalene

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    is it possible to get a personal face to face appointment with you?or an appointment with one of your trained herbalist so that i can meet her and buy your products.
    i am located at Plainview LongIsland-11803

  26. i need help in knowing what can i eat to reduce my fibriod

    • Hi Onubuogu Gladys Amuche,

      The best foods to eat for any kind of estrogen dominant condition would be ones high in fiber. Good sources of fiber are fresh vegetables, beans, seeds (especially flax and sesame), nuts, and whole grains. Phytoestrogens are found most often in the legume family, which is the bean family. Consume beans, seeds, sprouted foods, and whole grains. Consuming a whole food nutrient dense diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, dark leafy green vegetables and herbs, as well as minimal organic meat and dairy consumption, has been found to be very beneficial for fertility health. I do not know of any one food that is specific for only Uterine Fibroids. The overall goal would be to eat organic foods when possible, especially dairy and meats. Limit intake of congesting foods like red meat, dairy products, and wheat products. Eat a lot of high fiber foods. Consume a lot of water and whole, unprocessed foods. Have you checked out our 21 Day Fertility Diet Challenge? If not, you can here: http://www.naturalfertilitydiet.com/

      Best Wishes,

      Dalene

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    Hi is it ok to take vitex with maca, royal jelly and pollen. Thanks!

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    Hi,my name is Mariya.We been married 16 years and where not able to get pregnant .Over the years i had surgery for ovarian cysts. And in 2007 had surgery for fibroids and there they found endometriosis. They cleaned everything .2008 we did two or three IVI but nothing. After that we stopped trying just leaving our lives. Three months ago a friend told me about royal jelly and pollen. But still nothing. Now i read more what you have to say. And maybe i need to treat my problems before i take royal jelly and pollen. What would you recommend? I dont have pain during sex like i used to.Just sometimes. But i do go to the bathroom a lot to pee. My period is ok now. Just first two days i need advil. But used to have very painful ones . Please help me. What should i take? I take maca too with royal jelly and pollen.Should i stop taking royal jelly and pollen if ill start what you will recommend?I dont have medical so you my only chance. Thank you very much!!! Mariya

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    Hi Heather
    Can you tell me if flax seed is good for fibroids? I have read that says it is good and bad. There is also a book written by a lady, that talks about how she got her fibroids detached from uterus by using flax seed diet. What is your take on flax seed about fibroids?

    • Hi Tigist,

      Uterine Fibroids are considered an estrogen dominant condition. Eating ground flax seeds has been shown to to be high in fiber which removes excess estrogens from the body. So whole ground flax is a good option to add to your diet if you have estrogen dominant conditions. Remember the flax needs to be ground in order for your body to digest it, otherwise they just pass through.

      All the best,

      Dalene

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    Hello,
    what would be the most effective remedy kit to try to eliminate an 8X7 penduncular fibroid attached to the external wall of the uterus?
    Thanks,
    Marta

    • Hi Marta,

      You would need to discuss with your doctor about how this fibroid is affecting your health and if it is also creating scar tissue or adhesion in other parts of your body that it is near to. The remedies discussed in this article may be a good place to begin and research more. Also Systemic Enzyme Therapy would be worth looking into as well. Other remedies that may be helpful are Self Fertility Massage and Castor Oil packs. Non of these remedies will be as effective on their own without combining them with a whole food high fiber diet, exercise daily and working toward balancing your estrogen and progesterone levels.

      All the best,

      Dalene

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    hello,

    i was diagnosed with multiple uterine fibroids and ovarian cysts.
    since these are 2 different conditions, i am not sure which one of all your combination of products would be right for me. would i be correct to go for the OvarianWise Fertility Kit?

    Expecting your reply.

    thanks.

    Olayinka O.

  32. Hi itunu,

    You would have to have a friend in another country purchase the kits for you, and then send you the kit themselves, or take the products to Nigeria.

    Best Wishes,

    Dalene

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    Hello Hethir,
    I wanted to ask how do I use the progesterone if my menses are irregular? also I just purchased some of your rejuvenzyme is it better than zymesessence? I was taking it for about 3 mos. I need to get back to taking it asap, and I also purchased some DIM. I will be ordering a castor oil pack and progesterone cream, but when theres an irregular period involved I get a bit lost on how to use the cream. I sent a message yesterday my computer froze. Hope you get this message. I have already did a total body cleanse that clean All of my major organs, currently doing a fibroid cleanse as well. After wards I want to finish with enzyme therapy, DIM, castor oil packs, and progesterone cream. I’m thinking this should finish it off. I have seen some change in that I don’t have as much heavy bleeding and periods are trying to make some attempt at regulating itself out, but I am still a little irregular and need help on how to use the cream (progesterone). Let me know if I am on the right track. Thanks Hethir

    • Hi Deidre,

      Hethir made a wonderful video on how to use Progesterone Cream, you can see it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQOMVN4CNa4

      You would create a cycle using the progesterone cream, this is recommended by Natural Progesterone cream expert Dr. John Lee, MD. So you would count out day 1 as your period (even if you don’t get one). Keep counting, on day 12 you would begin to use the cream: 1/8 teaspoon twice a day (20mg a day) for two weeks before your period
      Then on day 26 -28 you would stop the cream for a period (this would be your menstruation, even if you don’t begin to bleed). Keep this up to create a cycle. You can also learn more here: http://natural-fertility-info.com/progesterone-fertility-guide

      We still feel that Zymessence is a great product, we have decided for personal reasons to no longer work with the makers of Zymessence.

      Everything you are doing sounds great, keep up the hard work!

      Dalene

    • Update 2014- We no longer carry RejuvenZyme. Contact our customer service to learn our systemic enzyme option.

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    Hello Hethir,

    I am doing great with shrinking my fibroid with enzyme therapy, and I am going to start to incorporate DIM this week. I have a question how do I use th progesterone cream with irregular periods. I also see that you no longer carry zymessence it the new rejuvenzyme better? I am going to start charting and I wanted to know how best to use progesterone for and irregular cycle. I will be ordering the Progesterone cream and a castor oil pack on the 15th of this month. I am currently waiting for the rejuvenzyme as I am very excited to see how this turns out. If you have any further advise I will certainly do it. I will be getting another ultrasound at the end of the month, and while my fibroids seems to be shrinking a little my hormones still need a little more help. I don’t miss as many periods this year, but this Febuary got a little funny so I want to fix it before my menses get really irregular as last year. It’s getting better, but still would like some xtra advice. Thanks alot…. ALMOST THERE.. :-))

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    Hi
    I have been trying for a baby since 2004.In 2005 was diagnosed with fibroids and I had a myomectomy in 2007 and a second one in 2009.In 2010 went for ivf and had a missed miscarrage at 6 weeks.After 3 month I hsd injections for 3 successive cycles to help me ovulate which never helped.I’m still trying for a baby.Please tell me what can help me.By the way I’m 38 years old.Thanks in advance

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    Hello Hethir,

    I have been diagnosed with 2 fibroids, the larggest being 7cms in size, is a subserosal/pedunculated fibroid. the smaller 5cms in size is an intramural fibroid . The results shows that, the uterus appears large and bulky.
    Now the doctor talks about surgery which i dont want to do as i am looking to get pregnant and havent had a child before.
    Please, l want you to advice me on what to do next, will these products help my situation. you should let me know what to order and the dose to buy. I can’t wait to see your reply. I want any of the products you know will help my condition.

    thanks

    Peggy

    • Hi Peggy,

      In some cases surgery is a valid option. The skill of the surgeon combined with the newest technology may be of benefit and getting rid of the uterine fibroids quickly. Natural remedies take commitment and consistency of use over a long period of time, there is no quick “cure all”. So you need to make a choice that will align with your needs.

      You may also want to consider a Natural Fertility Consultation. Our email consultations provide you with a written guide to the best natural therapies, herbs and supplements for your unique fertility issues. Learn more here: http://natural-fertility-info.com/natural-fertility-email-consultations

      Best Wishes,

      Dalene

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    I have been diagnosed with about 8 fibroids the biggest being 5.6cm in size. They are different fibroids and located in different places. Now the doctor talks about surgery which i dont want to do as i am looking to get pregnant and havent had a child before.
    i did hsg and the doctor said the tube is not showing patent. he wants me to have the fibroid operation off th way and then concentrate on treating infertility. i do not want to do an operation. i ovulate normally and period is normal too. what do i use to make my tubes become patent and also shrink the fibroid for me to get pregnant?

    • Hi Ini,

      Just so all of our readers understand, the word patent means open, unblocked, unobstructed when talking about Blocked Fallopian Tubes.

      It may be best to seek the care of a Naturopathic Physician to work with as well as your surgeon/medical doctor. Talking to an ND and working one-on-one with them may be best. You could talk to them about the recommended therapies we have on this Uterine Fibroids page and then set up a detailed program that works with your other doctor’s program, so that you are getting the benefit of both worlds. Due to the quantity of health issues and challenges you are experiencing it really would be best to find out your options for naturally treating your fibroids from a person who can monitor and adjust remedies as needed.

      Therapies that may be helpful for both uterine fibroids and blocked fallopian tubes are:

      Systemic Enzyme Therapy
      Self Fertility Massage
      Castor Oil Packs

      It takes many months of consistent use for these types of therapies to be effective and you and your doctor may feel that with the size and amount of fibroids these may be complitmentary therapies to surgical removal of the fibroids. It is really important to have good communication with your doctor, I hope he will understand your desires to heal your body naturally.

      Best Wishes,

      Dalene

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    I have been diagnosed with Cervico-posterior Subserosal Fibroid with Heteroechoic Endometrial collection.

    My latest UGS report dated 21-12-2010 states :

    Uterus is antiverted and bulky in size measuring 43.8×55.2×99.8mms. A hypoechoic well defined degenerated Subserosal fibroid measuring 40.3×44.8mms is seen in the cervico-posterior wall.
    A heteroechoic collection is seen in the endometrial cavity and endometrial thickness is 8.2mms.

    Ovaries: rt ovary measures 21.8×34.5mms and left ovary measures 15.3x27mms. Both ovaries are normal in echoanatomy. no focal lesion seen.

    Both adnexae are clear.

    no free fluid seen in POD.

    Please suggest me if your treatment can help me. I am an unmarried 29yrs old lady and want to get married and have kids.

    Regards,
    Preeti

    • Hi Preeti,

      Hethir and I are not medical doctors, we are herbalists and believe in the power of natural remedies to work with our bodies to heal them and bring them back into balance. While I appreciate you sending me your diagnosis, I am not trained in reading nor understanding all of your measurements or diagnosis.

      It does not hurt your body to try and heal it through natural remedies. Working toward bringing your body back into balance is important.

      Best wishes,

      Dalene

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    Hi Hethir,
    Eight years ago I found out I had two fibroids, the only symptom I have currently is the size of my tummy – it’s no longer flat and sometimes after sex I feel the fibroid growth surface.
    I am against surgery, I know there must be some natural way to get rid of a natural growth.
    I am contemplating purchasing the UterineWise Kit, however, I believe the first time I visited your site I saw a chart outlining the progress when using this kit – I am having problems locating that chart presently.

    Please help.

    • Hi Stacy,

      I am sorry, but we have never had a chart like the one you are describing. You may have seen one on another website.

      Best Wishes,

      Dalene

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    Hello Hethir,
    since the last time we talked I have stopped the Nattokinase, and Progesterone cream, As mentioned that my fibroid is 7.4 centimeters and surgery to have my uterus removed is out of the question. I wanted to ask since my fibroid is so large can your kit really help me. I have also started to see a chinese herbalist and I am taking zymessence since July 17th of this year. Will your kit help with large fibroids? HELP!! as I am feeling frustrated because I don’t know how long it is going to take or what to do. I’ve been to alot of doctors, but they are all pretty insensitive about me wanting children. One DR. told me there is enough children in the world.

    • Dear Deidre,

      I am sorry that your doctor told you that, every person on Earth has their own opinion, but you have the choice to let it bother you or not. You are your own beautiful self that can make decisions based on what you feel deep in your heart is best for you. Natural remedies take time when being used consistently everyday as directed. Because your fibroid is larger than most it is important to consider surgical removal options along with natural therapies to support the health of the uterus.
      Best Wishes,

      Dalene

  41. I would like to know should i use the uterinewise remedy kit and the fertility cleanse at the same time?

    • Dear Tina,

      The UterineWise Kit may be used after the Fertility Cleanse Kit is finished, not to be used during the cleanse.

      Best wishes,

      Dalene

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    Hi, your site is quite informative. I would appreciate it if you could tell me about the herbal drugs that are safe to use during ivf. Is it ok to use the UterineWise Remedy Kit during ivf? Finally, are your products available in retail outlets in other countries including Nigeria? Thanks and keep up the good work.

    • Hi Jemima,

      We work with companies that do ship to Nigeria, we do not have outlets, we only sell our products on line through our online Natural Fertility Shop. Connect with our customer service for more details on shipping options for Nigerians.

      We do not recommend taking any herbs during IVF. We do not recommend using the UterineWise Kit during and IVF cycle or during the injectable IVF medication cycle before the actual procedure. Thanks for your questions.

      Best Wishes,

      Dalene

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    Hello Hethir,

    I just came back from my ultrasoun and the tech told my that I have a 7cm fibroid in my uterus. she said it is taking over my whole uterus except for my cervix. Is this considered a very large tumor. would I be better off doing the uterinewise or the systemic enzymes I am already taking vitex 2,000 mg 1ml three times a day along with progesterone cream. I am also taking nattokinase, but I don’t think it is working, I have recently since march 19th of this year. I look forward to purchasing a consultation very very soon. thanks again for your help.

    • Hi Deidre,

      I am sorry to hear that. Since the size of your fibroid is so large it would be best to work closely with your doctor on a plan. Have they mentioned surgery? I can’t remember how long you have been taking the supplements for. Remember they work best when taken consistently over time. The choice is up to you. You could still take the supplements, but if you choose to have the fibroid surgically removed you need to stop taking the enzymes, they have a blood thinning effect and should not be used 2 weeks prior to or after having surgery. They may be very effective in reducing scar tissue and adhesions before and after surgery. It takes many months 3-6 and beyond for natural remedies to be effective. They work with your body, slowly over time.

      Best Wishes,

      Dalene

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    I have multiple and large fibroids, my uterus was to be removed august last year, but now since I dont have a baby am still afraid.
    I was given injection(lupride) to reduce the size of fibroids then I go for surgery. Unfortunately after three months injection, the fourth month they multiplied in size and number.
    Advice me on what to use and the price.
    I want to get children

    • Hi Dorice,

      In the case of very large fibroids, it may be best to speak with your doctor about other surgical options outside of hysterectomy. Find a specialist in this area! A skilled ObGyn that specializes in uterine fibroid removal is going to be a viable option. Very large fibroids don’t always respond well to natural therapies because as they get larger and older, they begin to calcify and become very hard. Post surgical fibroid removal, natural therapies may be considered to help prevent recurrence. Diet suggestions should be in place regardless of where fibroid growth is at, since those are supportive of hormonal balance and may reduce the chance of new growth or advanced growth of existing uterine fibroids.

      Best Wishes,

      Dalene

  45. i have fibroids and have been trying to concieve, will this UterineWise kit help me and how many do i have to take before i start seeing results?

    • Hi Mary,

      The UterineWise Kit is designed to help support the body in maintaining a healthy environment within the uterus. The herbs, supplements and natural therapies in this program promote hormonal balance, support the bodys natural ability to reduce occurrences of occasional growths within the uterus and assist the body’s natural ability to maintain normal uterine health.* It is generally suggested that this kit be used for 3-6 months for best results. Each kit contains a one month supply.

      Best Wishes,

      Dalene

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    can this uterinewise remedy, help to reduce fibriod s which are right inside the walls of womb? since they say i have 3fibriods in different positions inside the walls of the womb i would like to know the best remedy .

    • Hi Flora,

      This kit is designed to help support the body in encouraging and maintaing the natural health of the uterus. The herbs, supplements and natural therapies in this program promote hormonal balance, support the bodys natural ability to reduce occurrences of occasional growths within the uterus and assist the body’s natural ability to maintain normal uterine health.*

      Best Wishes,

      Dalene

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    Dear Hethir Rodriguez,
    Thanks a lot for your reply. I quite appreciate the information you have supplied.
    I shall order the UterineWise for starters and see how it works out. Then, we can proceed to work on the fertility issues to aid natural conception or boost an embryo transfer ivf for march 2010.
    Thanks once again.
    Regards,
    hilda.

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