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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:

    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.

    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

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…


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!


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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    I had myomectomy surgery in October to remove several fibroids. I’m currently 19 wks. pregnant, and another fibroid is growing back and causing a lot of pain. My doctor advised me to take Tylenol, and if that doesn’t work to consider something stronger. I’m also worried about preterm labor.

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    I have been recently diagnosed with leiomyoma with a plumpy shape, which range in size up to 2.13 in x 1.9 in. I have been trying to conceive for the past 2.5 years with no success. I am 36 this year and have never been pregnant before. My husband reproductive health is fine. The report also reads that there is no visible blood flow in the low echo nodule. Do you suggest I take on the natural therapy plan for uterine Fibroids as suggested in this write-up or go for a surgical procedure! My health care provider thinks removing it by surgical procedure might be a good option, but I have to wait for a year before trying to conceive again to allow the tears to heal up. Please, help on this!

    • Dear Glory,

      There are times when surgical removal is the best first step after which a natural fertility program can be supportive of the body returning to balance. There are also times where women choose a natural fertility uterine-health program while they research their options and decide what to do. I can not tell you which way is best for you, that is for you to decide.
      I hope it helps knowing that natural support exists as you decide the best plan for your fertility health!

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    i am suffering

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    hi mam im 27years old suffering vit fibroids since 4years tryg im married trying to conceive but egg is not releasing at particular time tvs study is dne 2yrs i used fibroprist vit a break but no use im unable to bear pain n my oain is like it vil throught out month before during n after periods nthg is giving me relief after takg meftal spas / diclofenac sodium injection im gettg relief im very much depressed day by day im becoming leanmy wt. is 45 i want to conceive can u please suggest me how to conceive n does it affect my baby please suggest me as early as possible

    • Hello Sagarika!

      I am sorry for all you are going through!

      Have you discussed surgical removal of the fibroid(s) with your doctor or a specialist? I can image you may not have expected me to ask that, but sometime the best first step, especially if the fibroids are large, have been there for many years, are causing such trouble or are many, is to consider removal of them. This is best done by a surgeon who specializes in fibroid removal and have a good success rate or preserving uterine health and even pregnancy post procedure. It also can help women best move forward, symptom free, with a natural fertility program to prevent recurrence. So, consider having this discussion with your doctor.

      While you decide it that is the right path for you, the tips in this guide could be considered given what I know. Consider also learning more about the herb Black Cohosh and the tips in my guide 3 Things Women with Uterine Fibroids Should Be Doing Daily.

      I hope you find relief soon!

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    I am 27 years old and just recently found out I have uterine fibroids. My periods have been very painful and heavy. Can I conceive a baby or is there any problem?

    Please suggest me….

    • Dear Mehak,

      Uterine fibroids can interfere with conception and cause pregnancy risks depending on the size, location and number of them. We do feel it best to work to naturally support 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. This guide will share more about each.

      My best!

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    I have had fibroids for a few years now and its about 10cm big. I ordered the fibrodefense and I just want to know will it help dissolve the fibroid and stop me from bleeding heavy.

    • Dear Chris,

      The herbs in Fibro Defense are known to help to reduce excess estrogen that fuels abnormal growths, stimulate liver activity for improved estrogen metabolism, to work with the body’s natural detoxification processes to clear congested foreign tissues, while simultaneously help to prevent new growths from forming, and support the body’s natural inflammation response, providing relief for occasional discomfort in the reproductive system. All of these benefits can be helpful in many ways!

      What we know though is that Fibro Defense can not be replied upon alone. It works best in a program to support a healthy uterine environment and when dietary and lifestyle changes are made as well.

      There are some women who follow a program on its own for a while and others who use it before and after medical removal of a large fibroid(s). Either way, trust you are giving the body and uterus great support!

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    Good day.

    I have been trying to concieve for the past 5 years. i was told that i have blockage of tubes due to the fibroids. i have tried various herbal drugs. i am considering going for surgery. Aside surgery, is there any solution?

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    Dear Elizabeth,
    I have been recently diagnosed with 7cm inner fibroid (Submucosal). I was told this when I went to a doctor to find why I couldn’t conceive after a year of my marriage. Since, then I have been searching relentlessly for a solution. I am infinitely grateful for all your dedication and kind works. Based on my collection, I came up with, (FibroDefense + Vitälzȳm), (Castor Oil Pack) & (All lifestyles and dietary tips mentioned in your article). I have succeeded to dissolve my fibroids and planning to get pregnant soon, so should I stop taking FibroDefence or it is okay if I take till I confirm that I am pregnant. Also, is it okay if I take Vitälzȳm together with FibroDefense.

    • Dear Ashly,

      Congratulations! I am so happy to hear of your success!

      FibroDefense and Vitalzym can be taken while trying to conceive and stopped if you think you may be or upon first determination of pregnancy. They could also be weaned off of over a week’s time before actively trying to conceive if you want. Castor Oil Packs should be paused at ovulation when you begin actively trying and not used after.

      I can not wait to hear of your continued success!

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    Along with the great nutrition advice mentioned in the article, giving up coffee, caffeinated soda and caffeinated energy drinks may be the answer to alleviating uterine fibroids naturally and easily. Save your uterus; give this a try!

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    Hi, so happy I found this website. I’m writing to you from Finland.
    I’ve been diagnosed with pedunculated firbroid, that has atteced it self to my bladder and overies. I’m actually doo to an operation soon. Would love to try some fibro defense before that , wich one would you recomend? Thank you.

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    I have been dignosed with fibroids when i was 21 and now i am married , me and my husband tried many times but nothing happening. My gyno put me in esmya to shrink fibroid, which completely stopped my periods. now i am not having my periods for 3 months, just this month i had spotting very less though. i quite esmya and started the natural diet vitamin c , folic acid and all. what should i do to induce my periods and also how can i know i am ovulating now. i am very upset and worried about this situation.

    • Dear Maliha,

      I’m sorry you are upset! I have read about the medication Esmya that “Patients should be informed that treatment with ulipristal acetate usually leads to a significant reduction in menstrual blood loss or amenorrhea within the first 10 days of treatment.” This means it can cause menstruation to stop. It can take some time after stopping a medication that does this for menstruation to return to normal.

      It is great that you have begun using natural therapies. It would help me to know what you are referring to when you say “and all”. Until then, consider learning about the natural therapies Self Fertility Massage, Castor Oil Therapy and Fertility Cleansing… all of which are explained in this very guide.

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      Sorry and all means i have been doing natural diet like fruits, vitamin c food and drinks and folic acid. Now i want to know that i have read some where that eliminating sugar and salt from diet also helps. I have a fibroid inside my utrien lining and i dont know either this is the cause of sperm not reaching ovum or its hindering the process of implanatation. I have using castor oil pack also how often should i use that.
      and what kind of diest should i follow?

      Also my cycle is 26 days and i wouldnot say that my bleeding is too heavy, for first two days i have heavy flow and then its all normal. i dont have any cramps usually or pains. but i also guess i have low blood rate.

    • Hello again Maliha!

      White refined sugar is inflammatory and best limited. Sugar from whole fruits is different and they are fine to consume in moderation. Salt overall is best to limit too, yet the body needs a certain amt. of salt so it does not have to be eliminated. We like the nutritional benefit of Himalayan Pink Sea Salt and a little goes a long way.

      Castor Oil packs can be used 3-4 times a week from when menstruation ends until ovulation when actively trying to conceive. When not actively trying to conceive, they can be used past ovulation.

      We suggest following the diet talked about is this guide, the Fertility Diet.

      From what you shared, I don’t know there should be a concern about menstruation. What does “low blood rate” mean? Traditionally Dong Quai, White Peony and Nettle are used as blood building herbs. We share more about these herbs in our guide How to Use Fertility Herbs To Enhance Your Fertility Naturally.

      Keep up the great work you are doing and I hope this is helpful!

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    Greetings Elizabeth!
    Thank you so much for providing this detailed info, it’s really a helpful resources in my healing journey. I recently purchased some of the herbs to support my you listed here to support my uterine health while I try to conceive. I appreciate your help with clarifying the proper use of Dong Quai herb. Can I use it while trying to conceive? and how soon after conception do i stop? Thank you in advance.

    • Hello Hannah!

      You are welcome! It is always best to follow the manufacturers suggested use. We find that Dong Quai is best taken as a liquid extract (tincture). The daily suggested use of Dong Quai is 30 drops, 2 times a day in a little water. It can be taken while actively trying to conceive although many stop its use at ovulation when actively trying to conceive. It is best stopped if you think you may be or upon first determination of pregnancy. It is not to be used during heavy menstruation.

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    I have fibroid’s, this is my first pregnancy. The largest is about 10cm and is in it’s degenerative stage causing a lot of back pain and cramping. No bleeding and the baby is fine but I’m starting to get worried. Is there something that you might recommend to help with the discomfort?

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    i am taking fibro defense for fibroids which i have heavy menstrual. Do i take these while on my period? i read somewhere dong quai shouldnt be take durung menstruation

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    Hello, I was wondering if I can take red raspberry leaf capsules and black cohosh capsules together or if I should just take one or the other. I want to shrink my fibroid before I do my first insemination in a month or two. Also, once I do become pregnant can I continue with the raspberry leaf or should I discontinue use? Thank you for your time.

    • Dear Cathy,

      Black Cohosh and Red Raspberry Leaf can be taken together. This is fine. Neither should be used without approval from your doctor with fertility medications should you need them during insemination. Red Raspberry Leaf is best paused during the first trimester of pregnancy and can be used during the second and third trimesters if you feel it meets your needs.

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    Awesome article !!!Do you think that use progesterone in cream is a good option? I have polips and I have high estrgens comparated to progesterone.
    Thank you

    • Dear Aya,

      Natural progesterone cream may be one useful part of a program to support a healthy uterine environment, like that which we outline in this guide. You would want to confirm through testing that progesterone levels are low before beginning its use.

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    i am there any herbal remedies are potent cure fibroid?

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    Good information if I could just find a doctor to help me. My menstrual cycle be so heavy my life is just at a stand still.

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    Thanks for this website, I find the information here quite useful and helpful, my question is. I am over 40 trying to get pregnant, I had fibroids operation in 2007 but it grew back, My doctor placed me on Zoladex for 6 months to shrink the multiple uterine fibroids instead of another operation since I decided to go for IVF. It actually worked as the fibroids shrunk from 15cm to 1.5cm, 1.7cm etc though the circle failed , still trying to ascertain the reason, just resting for a while before going back to my doctor. The fibroids grew back to its former size in the space of 1 month because of Proginova, the dugs taken before and after Embryo transfer. Are there other option of Drugs?

    • Dear Josephine,

      I am sorry to hear of all you have been through!

      The tips here may be helpful and are worth consideration. There are herbs, nutritional supplements and natural therapies 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 as we share in this guide. We know that as important as taking any supplements, are dietary and lifestyle changes to reduce your exposure to excess estrogens. This guide also shares more on this.

      I hope you find the tips here easy to follow and helpful!

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    Hello Elizabeth Willet, thank-you for your article. I’m 44 and still hoping I have options to have children but accept my chances may be slim. I have multiple fibroids and endometriosis grade 4. I had Uterine Fibroid Embolisation in 2012 which seems to have caused a lot of scarring that brought on kidney failure. I had a very complicated surgery in May of this year to free up my bowel and Kidneys. I have endometriosis (and I think a fibroid) in my vagina (which seems unusual) causing me pain. I would like to have MRgFus done for the endo and fibroid in my vagina (hoping since it’s not the womb might still have kids) in America; can I do this since it’s N/A on the NHS in the UK and if so how?

    • Dear Adel,

      I am sorry for all you have been through! Your questions are best asked of a fertility specialist who knows your fertility health history and can help you learn the options available to you where you live.

      As you reach out to a specialist to talk with, do consider the diet suggestions shared here. They are a wonderful place to start naturally supporting hormonal balance with endometriosis and fibroids.

      All my best!

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    I have had fibroids for about 3 years now and periods getting worse…..I am due to see a gynacologist soon but in the meantime would like to keep my options open. Do you have a link where I could buy the Fibro Defense. I am in the UK so any Uk sites would be great.

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    I was recently told that I need to have a surgery to scrape the walls of my uterus and potentially remove a polyp. Sometimes I skip my period and when I do have it, its very light 3 days max. I am 47 yrs. doc says my uterus is .5 cm after my period and that’s how thick it should be prior to starting my period. Also, I have had fibroids since I was teenager but the docs seem ok with them. I have no pain at all and never have. I eat no processed foods. I make everything myself from scratch and am very strict about it. I am a fitness athlete, drink tons of water, get lots of exercise. Earlier in the yr I had atypical glandular cells and an endometrial biopsy -biopsies ok,no hpv. suggestions?

    • Dear Victoria,

      While electing to go through the procedure is entirely up to you, uterine fibroid removal procedures often pose uterine health risks and can contribute to infertility. So, be sure to ask your doctor as many questions as you have, have him/her clarify exactly what will be done and if there will be any issues inhibiting conception in the future (if you wish to conceive of course).

      We have seen results from our uterine health program that is shared here. It would in my opinion be worth considering while you take time to decide whether surgery is the right next step. If not, then you’re that many steps ahead because of being proactive. 😉

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      Hello Victoria, what is your exposure to plastics like? For example do you drink water from plastic bottles or use plastic silverware etc.? Thank you I’m trying to help a dear friend remove hers.

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    i have fibroid in uterus inner wall since 3-4 years now measured in 6cm in ultrasound, most of the doctors suggested to operate, i have no kids, my age is 38 years. i suffered much pain during starting periods every months, even eating less than normal, my weight growing day by day n going bulky, feel so much weakness. Please help me/guide me/ what to do, my life goes very miserable.

    • Dear Foz,

      I am sorry for what you are having to go through!

      This guide was created to share about herbs, nutritional supplements and natural therapies 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. The steps outlined here would be considered.

      Consider also reading our Q&A How Can I Heal Uterine Fibroids and Have a Healthy Pregnancy? because it shares why surgery may be the most helpful first step for some women and much more.

      The very best way we can support you beyond offering these guides is through a Fertility Consultation. This also allows you to receive the best natural fertility program for your specific fertility health needs.

      I hope you can begin some of the tips we share soon and that you feel relief soon!

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    Is Fibro Defense and Womens Best Friend safe to use if trying to conceive? I was just wondering if it would negatively affect implantation since it helps to flush the uterus. I have a uterine polyp but am still trying to conceive. Thanks for your help!

    • Dear Jessica,

      FibroDefense and Women’s Best Friend can both be used while actively trying to conceive. They don’t actually have a flushing action. They should however be discontinued if you think you may be or upon first determination of pregnancy.

      That all said, are you taking these products together? When someone is interested in using both, we often suggest one to start, Women’s Best Friend in most cases, for 3-4 months and then after a one month break continuing with Fibro Defense. Each can however be taken on its own for 3-4 months and after taking a one month break resuming if needed.

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    Is Anti-Fibroid really good for treating Uterus Fibroid or not???????

    • Hi Dave Don,

      I am not familiar with Anti-Fibroid, so I am not able to answer your question. If this is a product, please ask the manufacturer of that product! 🙂

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    I am 37 yrs old and recently have been diganosed with having 4 fibroids. 3 intramural leiomyoma and one is subserosal hypoechoic. I am considering buying the fibro defense. I see only Crystal Star on Amazon or iHerb. Is this what you recommend? Thank you so much. I hope this helps. I may also try the castor oil.

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    Hi! Ive had endometriosis for years, a history of DVT and have a uterine fibroid & cyst I believe causing spotting & full bleeding between periods. Unfortunately met hubby late and are trying to conceive our 2nd child for over a year. I am 39 and had my 1st, no trouble. Hormones were checked and were ok, only low egg count. Anyway, menses lately more watery & clot filled & cycle no longer regular. Now spotting and bleeding when shouldnt be. Got nattokinase & serrapeptase for circulation and to dissolve. Cant have hormones due to clot history & cant surgery (can lessen conception chances). What other enzymes, herbs, supplements etc can you recommend trying to regulate cycle and rid of fibroid etc? Thanks!

    • Hello Amanda!

      Thank you for reaching out to us! We are here to help you as best as we can!

      It is difficult for me to answer your questions based on just a small piece of the bigger picture of your health. I’m sorry to hear about your struggles and challenges!

      It would be best to book a Fertility Consultation in order to work one on one with our fertility herbalist. This allows the herbalists to lay out an entire natural fertility program for you based on your specific fertility health needs.

      Once you book the consultation, there will be a form for you to fill out that will give our fertility herbalists 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. It is helpful for her to know your lifestyle, health history, fertility challenges and detailed questions.

      I hope you will consider to receive clear, personalized direction. All my best!

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    I am 63 and have a 10mm x 20mm pedunculate fibroid in my cervix, a 6.8×3.8×5.5cm and 3.ox2.9×4.7cm which is compressing on the right side of my bladder. I do not want a hysterectomy. What would you suggest as a natural treatment? If I didn’t have the one in the cervix I’m sure it would be easier but with that said I do have one there. I have considered a vaginal myomectomy but I haven’t gone far enough to find someone to do that.
    Thanks for your help with this.

    • Dear Lisa,

      I am sorry to hear of what you are going through! Our team specializes in working with women between the ages of 18 and 50. We feel it best for women over 50 to work with a healthcare provider who specializes in female fertility care with women over 50. I do hope you are able to find someone to support you! One practicing Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Tori Hudson, may be worth contacting. She is in Oregan and does have a website.

      All my best!

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    Is it possible to treat submucosal fibroid while also cleansing at the same time? What kind of schedule would you recommend? Thanks!

    • Dear Sarah,

      Fertility Cleansing is a foundational step. It is a way to begin the process of helping the body heal and achieve hormonal balance. Diet can certainly be addressed while cleansing, but using natural therapies including taking herbs to support a healthy uterine environment is best started post cleansing.

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    I was wondering what to do, if I want to decrease my estrogen (Heavy, painful periods, weight gain, fibroids) and I think that I am having anovulatory cycles. I want to get rid of all of those things. I am also hoping to get pregnant in the near future. (I am 36 yrs old) I am ordering DIM today, because the only time my breasts don’t get extremely sore after mid cycle is when I take DIM.
    Thank you.

    • Greetings!

      Fertilica DIM Complete promotes estrogen metabolism helping the body to process and remove unneeded, excess estrogen. It along with dietary and lifestyle changes to decrease exposure to excess estrogen are foundational steps in a program to support hormonal balance. Reducing exposure to excess estrogen is one of the steps in the 3 step natural therapy plan for uterine fibroids shared in this article to consider.

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    Hi, I have some kind of mass in my uterus, they think it’s a polyp. It was discovered 3 months ago and I haven’t been able to get a hysteroscopy yet. I wanted to know if there’s any foods or herbs that can decrease the size of it or make it go away. (Not for a fibroid.) Thanks!

    • Dear Mich,

      The terms uterine fibroid and polyp are often interchanged. Fibroids can hang down within the uterus on a stem or stalk like a polyp. Discussed in this article are herbs, nutritional supplements and natural therapies 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, which we feel is important whether a fibroid or polyp.

      The goal of our programs is to support the body in re-learning balance and/or supporting balance when fertility issues are present. The great part about herbs, supplements and natural therapies is that they often work wonders in doing this given commitment to dietary and lifestyle change is made as well. Additional considerations are here in the article 3 Things Women with Uterine Fibroids Should Be Doing Daily.

      All my best!

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    Hello, I was told I had a polyp in my uterus and fibroids. I was refer to a specialist about removing the polyp, but was told I don’t need to remove it, it’s not dangerous, but I am not sure about the answer I got. My question is , what would happen if I don’t remove the polyp? I was told later I might have to do a hysterectomy because of the fibroids. I need your input.

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    I was on birth control pills for about 12 years. I got off them about 7 months ago and starting noticing increased pain and heavier menstrual cycles, but my cycles are very regular. I went to a fertility specialist who discovered a large fibroid on the outside of my uterus (estimated to be 8.5 cm). I went to a surgeon to have it removed, but when she went inside, she realized that it was bigger than she thought (13.5 cm) and she backed out of the surgery. She wanted me to sign a waiver that she could perform a full hysterectomy. I was devasted! My husband and I are trying to conceive our first child. I am looking for any methods to shrink the tumor so that it’s easier to remove.

    • Dear Denise,

      I am sorry you have been through this!

      I recently wrote an article that I think will be helpful. It is titled How Can I Heal Uterine Fibroids and Have a Healthy Pregnancy?

      I have to be honest, a 13.5cm fibroid is large and may not respond as you wish to natural therapies alone. Have you considered a second opinion, or asking for a referral to a surgeon who will talk to you about its removal? This being said, herbs, nutritional supplements and natural therapies can be useful in promoting hormonal balance and supporting the body’s natural ability to reduce occurrences of occasional growths both in preparation for and post removal.

      Best wishes!

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    I have had two myomectomy, abdominal in 05/2012 and laparoscopy in 02/2014. I have never been pregnant; not to my knowing. I’m feeling hopeless and the fibroids are growing again. Doctor said that it looks like I may need another myomectomy. I know that I have a fibroid the size of a goose egg(6cm).

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    Hello, please I would like to know if treating fibroid can one also supplement with baby n me multivitamin? Thank you

    • Dear Rose,

      Baby and Me is a whole food multivitamin that can be taken with the herbs, nutritional supplements and natural therapies discussed in this article for supporting a healthy uterine environment.

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    I am trying natural ways to fight fibroid tumors. It’s not easy I know. I feel that I need weight loss, reduce my blood pressure, and eat healthier. It’s about lifestyle changes. There is a lot of medical information out there, but not a lot of proven info. for natural cures. Also, I am looking for actual women’s stories on their outcomes after surgery and/or holistic treatments.

    • Dear Chaniece,

      All our best to you!

      You are correct, it is in general felt that there is a need for continued research on natural therapies and their effectiveness. Research continues to be published. On the flip side many natural healthcare providers find the clinical results and historical use of natural therapies to be more validating that some of this research.

      We do share success stories by category if you are interested in reading of the success of others.

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      I am on day 14 of a 60-day fibroid elimination detox/diet. So far, I can say this has been the least painful and not-heavy period that I have had in awhile. The thing about surgery is that they can come back. So what does one have to loose by trying it naturally? It does take dedication, patience, extra funds and persistence. There is not going to be a huge support from Doctors and the medical industry in naturally addressing fibroids because there is no money to be made in that.

    • Dear Leah,

      Thank you for sharing what is working for you. I hope you have continued success and can incorporate what is shared in this article.

      All our best to you!

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    I’m 31 years old and just recently found out I have uterine fibroids. I am so scared I might not be able to conceive. Doctors says it’s no problem, but when I read about fibroids, I get really scared. Is there any way I can stop them from growing or can I still conceive even with the fibroid. I started traditional Chinese Acupuncture. My periods have been very painful and heavy.

    • Dear Kaffy,

      I am sorry you are so scared!

      Many women live with fibroids without signs/symptoms, and many do not. Many conceive with uterine fibroids, but fibroids may inhibit conception and proper implantation of a fetus. I hope that acupuncture is helpful and going well!

      Consider revisiting the information in this article about a Natural Therapy Plan for Uterine Fibroids as you educate yourself. These considerations can be combined with acupuncture although we suggest working with your acupuncturist if taking Chinese herbs or supplements as suggested by him/her.

      Know that there are natural ways that can help boost your fertility! All my best!

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    Wow! I really love these tips, because my wife is experiencing this problem and I need solutions for it.