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Video: Natural Therapies for Uterine Fibroids

Video: Natural Therapies for Uterine Fibroids

Natural Therapies for Uterine Fibroids

One of the most common reproductive health issues women face today are uterine fibroids. There are some key factors to consider when working to help your body get rid of uterine fibroids. I cover it all in this video. Below are my notes from the live video recording I did. Download the Instagram App to watch our live broadcasts!

Uterine Fibroids 101

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

Why can uterine fibroids get so big?
Uterine fibroids are hormone dependent. They develop during the hormonally active years and decline in menopause.

Fibroid tissue has a higher number of estrogen and progesterone receptor sites. Fibroid tissue is hypersensitive to estrogen, but does not have the capacity to regulate estrogen response, this is why they can grow to become quite large.

How Uterine Fibroids Impact Fertility & Pregnancy Health

  • 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 maintain healthy lifestyle choices to continue working to bring about the best possible uterine health.

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

Medical Options for Treatment

  • surgical removal
  • hysterectomy

Important note: Medical procedures do not stop uterine fibroids from growing back. Lifestyle factors are a great way to support the body in preventing regrowth.

Natural Options for Uterine Fibroids

When working with uterine fibroids, we like to focus on cleansing, reducing exposure to xenoestrogens, promoting healthy estrogen metabolism and improving uterine health.

Step 1: Cleanse

Fertility Cleansing – Improves liver health in order to metabolize hormones properly and it increases circulation to the uterus.

Avoid Xenoestrogens:

  • Eat organic foods
  • Avoid exposure to pesticides, herbicides and synthetic fertilizers
  • Use natural feminine care products
  • 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
  • Use organic, natural body care products, including makeup

Step 2: Diet Tips for Reducing Uterine Fibroids

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

Good sources of fiber:

  • dark leafy greens
  • broccoli
  • Swiss chard
  • quinoa
  • chia seeds
  • beans
  • ground flaxseed
  • whole grains – 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.

Step 3: Natural Therapies

DIM (diindolylmethane) – supports healthy estrogen metabolism

Fibro Defense – 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.

Fertility Massage and Castor Oil packs – clears congestion, improves circulation and detoxification while softening the underlying tissues
Fertility Massage Options:

Systemic Enzymes
– break down foreign tissues and proteins within the body

Resources talked about in this video:
Safe and Chic
Citrine Natural Beauty Bar
List of Natural Products That Support Uterine Health

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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 am having a myomectomy next month to remove multiple fibroids prior to my transferring already frozen embryos. I would value your thoughts as to whether acupuncture prior to the surgery would assist (or not really to justify the cost) and what about after the surgery? Should I be doing acupuncture or taking any of your herbal remedies to assist in a speed recovery? Many thanks

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    Hi, I have a large fibroid 15cm sitting on top of my uterus. I had it ablated (Acessa) kills it with heat. It is degenerating in the inside but has not shrunk in size. You mention once it become hardened more difficult for it to shrink. What are your thoughts? I’ve been practing natural remedies for last 2 years. Like to try the cleanse.

    • Dear Nancy,

      What I understand is that it has been proven that over time uterine fibroids can start to calcify or harden. This could also be true I suspect if the blood supply is cut off from the fibroid and it remains in the body. Sometimes, the best first defense is surgery to remove the calcified/hardened growth. Then, a program of prevention, which we share in our guide The Best Natural Remedies for Uterine Fibroids…, can be implemented from there. That said, the body is amazing and may work to dissolve the no-longer living tissue. Whether this will happen or how quickly, I can not know for sure.

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    I recently had a mirena IUCD inserted. My gynaecologist tells me this helps to shrink uterine fibroids because it releases progesterone into the system. However, after going through this site, I also want to start the Fertility cleanse after which I plan to use the Uterine cleanse kit. I also plan to take the Wobenzyme-N for as long as I can. I’m hoping my use of the kits would not in any way counteract with the action of the Mirena. What are your thoughts on this, please?

    • Dear Clarissa,

      The Fertility Cleanse, UterineWise Kit and Wobenzym N are not suggested to be used with an IUD in place.

      We do not recommend using any of the products in the Fertility Cleanse Kit or UterineWise Kit with hormonal medications.

      We also can not suggest using Systemic Enzyme Therapy with an IUD. An IUD is foreign to the body and may cause adhesions, or the growth of fibrin (the tissue that makes up a scar) around where it is attached. Systemic enzymes are known to work to break down fibrin and could impact how the IUD is attached. Although we do not have proof of this, we can not suggest the combination of the two, even if there would be just a slight possibility of this happening.