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Uterine fibroids are non cancerous tumor of the uterus known as uterine leiomyoma or uterine polyps. It is common among child bearing age women. It develop within the muscles of the uterine or very rarely from within the cervix. Fibroids tumors varies in sizes from small seedlings to many inches in diameter. When fibroids become very large they make the abdomen to enlarge making a woman to appear pregnant.

Types of Uterine Fibroids

  1. Submucosal Fibroids: Grows within the innermost layer of the uterus known as myometrium.
  2. Intramural Fibroids: Grows in the middle layer of the uterus known as endometrium.
  3. Suberosal Fibroids: Grows in the outer wall of the uterus called serosa.
  4. Pendunculated fibroids: Occurs when the fibroids attached to the stem of the uterus cavity either internally or externally.
  5. Cervical Fibroids: Are not common. It grows in the cervical tissues. 

Interligamentous Fibroids: It happens when fibroids grows between the ligament of the uterus.

However, large suberosal fibroids may compress the fallopian tubes and cause blockage which may hinder free movement of egg and sperm. Cervical and intramural fibroids around the cervix may prevent the sperm from entering the uterus. Also, both the intramural and submucosal fibroids may increase the size of the uterine cavity causing the sperm to swim longer distance. They can interfere with contradiction ability of the uterus. They can also distort the uterine cavity, thereby hindering implantation. It may hinder blood supply or blood flow to the endometrium. 

Moreso, large percentage of women suffers from uterine fibroids. Doctors are not sure what causes fibroids. What they’re sure of, is that estrogen and progesterone contribute to the growth of uterine fibroids.

Symptoms of Uterine Fibroids

While many women will never even know that they have uterine fibroids because the conditions often shows no signs or symptoms. There are some women that experience certain effect from fibroids which are:

  • Period that last longer than a week.
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding.
  • Spotting or bleeding between periods.
  • Pelvic pressure or pain.
  • Back pain or leg pain.
  • Difficulty getting pregnant.
  • Constipation
  • Difficulty in emptying your bladder
  • Frequent urination
  • Painful intercourse
  • Pregnancy complications and
  • Sensations of fullness or pressure in the abdomen area.

You May Be At Higher Risk Of Fibroids If Your Are

  1. Between the ages of 30 and 50
  2. Overweight or obese 
  3. African American women
  4. Have family history of uterine fibroids
  5. Begin menstruation before the ages of 10
  6. Use certain kinds of birth control
  7. Poor diet
  8. Exposure to xeno estrogen such as pesticides, plastics, herbicides, synthetic hormones in both meat and diary products.
  9. High Blood Pressure 
  10. Stress and
  11. Poor metabolism

How Uterine Fibroids May Impact Negatively On Conception And Pregnancy

Diets That Can Help You to Fight Uterine Fibroids

Although many women have smooth pregnancy despite having fibroids. Around 10 to 30%  of women with fibroids develop pregnancy related complications. Report shows that uterine fibroids may be responsible for the fertility, conception and pregnancy problems.

The most serious complications that uterine fibroids can cause with a pregnancy is when the placenta grows near the surface of a uterine fibroids. This may cause the baby to be deprived of vital nutrients which might make the baby to be lower birth weight than normal. In more severe cases, the presence of the uterine fibroids may cause amniotic sac to rupture too early. Fibroids are known to be able to block the birth canal that can complicate the process of labor and delivery. Fibroids may interfere with ovum implantation, compressing the fallopian tubes and preventing conception, annovulatory cycles, abnormal uterine blood flow hindering movement of sperm to ova. Sometime fibroids can raise the risk of miscarriage, still births, abnormal fetal position, pre term labor. If the fibroids of a grow exceptionally fast during a pregnancy. This can result in red degeneration of which it symptoms include: severe pain, vomiting, vaginal bleeding, nausea and even fever. A women may feel this pain over the entire area where the fibroids is located. This pain may radiate down the woman entire back.

In addition, if the pain from the red degeneration is incredibly severe, it may cause the uterus to begin to contract inducing preterm labor. Women who experience this will likely be hospitalized or asked to rest in bed to wait for signs of preterm to disappear. Not all women with uterine fibroids will experience all these trouble. Many go on to have healthy pregnancies. It is better you work to reduce your fibroids growth, prevent new fibroids and maintain healthy lifestyle choices to better uterine health. It is far better to be be safe than sorry.

Uterine Fibroids Treatment

(1) Prepare this juice and take it early in the morning before breakfast and within 10 minutes of preparation daily for 3 months. Prepare the juice by cutting:

  • 1 apple into slices.
  • 1 lemon into slices
  • 1 pinch or 1/4 of ginger
  • 1 pinch or 1/4 of turmeric
  • 5 fresh dandelion leaves
  • 2 green cabbage leaves
  • 5 spinach leaves.

Put all the items above in a blender and blend them. Make sure you use organic vegetables.

(2) UNRIPE CARICA PAPAYA (Pawpaw in English) is rich in type of prolytic enzyme known as papain. It is very useful for women suffering from fibroids. Eat unripe pawpaw as your breakfast. Avoid unripe pawpaw if you are pregnant 🤰.

(3) CASTOR OIL: Castor oil massage is very effective against uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts and unblock fallopian tubes. To get better result, it is very ideal to perform Castor oil massage at the end of menstruation cycle and before ovulation. Do not massage with castor oil when your menstruating! Dip clean piece of cloth or cotton wool over the abdomen. Wrap with some other cloth. Place the hot water bottle or heating pad. Do it two times a day morning and night for 3 days. Then take 3 days off. Repeat it for 4 months to get result. Make sure you follow the instructions above. Also, do the massage 15 to 20 minutes.

(4) Eat pineapple as your breakfast. It contains proteolytic enzymes called bromelain that aid in shrinking uterine fibroids, heal and prevent scar tissues that form due to uterine fibroids.

(5) UNRIPE PALM KERNEL (istaba in Idoma; ekuro to ko gbo in Yoruba; Akwu, Nkwu, Akinko in Igbo) Chew 30 nuts unripe palm kernel daily for 3 months.

 (6) BLACK PEPPER / CHASTE BERRY (Uziza in Igbo; Ata iyere in Yoruba; Masooroo in Hausa) It reduces excess estrogen, balances hormones and reduces inflammation  Boil black pepper leaves in water. Drink 250 ml three times a day.

(7) Ginger: promote flow of blood to the uterus, increase circulation and aid in the reduction of inflammation of the uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes. Take 1/4 tablespoon of fresh ginger with 2 tablespoons of lime juice, 4 tablespoon of green crushed cabbage leaves, 1/2 tablespoon of fresh garlic juice and 1 tablespoon of crushed fresh tomato juice. Mix them thoroughly and drink in the morning on an empty stomach.

(8) Dong Quai: It helps women with uterine fibroids by giving room for healthy circulation, natural cleansing of the body removing toxins, dead tissue, diseased tissues and metabolic waste. Add 25 drops of Dong Quai tincture in a cup of water and drink. Do it two times a day.

(9) APPLE CIDER VINEGAR (ACV): Put 1 tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar in a cup of 200 ml cup of water and drink. Take it three times a day.

This write-up is not meant to be a substitute to where the service of medical professional is urgently needed. Always consult your doctor for proper diagnosis.

REFERENCES

https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/9130-uterine-fibriods#management-and-treatment

Food and Fibroids: Should I Follow a Diet Plan?

What to Expect When Pregnant if You Have Fibroids

https://flo.health/getting-pregnant/trying-to-concieve/health-and-fitness/uterine-fibriods-and-pregnancy

https://herbsandessexfertility.com/wellbeing/nutrition/diet-for-health-egg-and-sperm/

https://www.healthline.com/health/fibriods-natural-treatment

https://natural-fertility-info.com/fertility-herb-guide-uterine-fibriods.html

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