What Are Fibroids?
Fibroids are also known as uterine fibroids since these growths are mostly found in the uterine area. These may also be called fibromyomas or simply myomas and are noncancerous. As many as 3 out of 4 women develop fibroids at some point in their lives and most often these occur during their child-bearing ages. Women may never suspect that they have uterine fibroid; fibroids and pregnancy are often accidentally discovered after a routine pelvic exam or during prenatal consultation when an ultrasound is usually done.
Uterine fibroids typically do not require treatment; there are therapies and natural holistic methods that can safely shrink fibroids before they can cause any discomfort. Some fibroids can cause sudden and profuse bleeding accompanied by sharp and shooting pelvic pain and intense menstrual bleeding.
How Do Fibroids Appear?
To date, the exact cause of uterine fibroids is unknown. What is known today is that fibroids develop from the smooth muscle lining of the uterus. A single muscle cell may repeatedly replicate creating a rubbery mass that is firm and discolored which is very different from neighboring muscle tissue. Fibroids differ in growth patterns; some may grow slowly and continuously while others do not and may even shrink after some time. Some uterine fibroids may grow from a size of a seed to as large as a huge lump of mass that can distort the cavity of the uterus. Fibroids can multiply at an alarming rate and in very rare and extreme cases can even affect nearby organs and may extend as far as the rib cage. So what is the relation between fibroids and pregnancy? lets see.
Can Fibroids Increase The Risk Of Infertility And Miscarriage?
Fibroids can develop in any area inside and in nearby structures like the fallopian tubes which can block the passage of an egg or sperm for fertilization. Since fibroids multiply and can grow into irregular forms, it can distort the small tubes of the fallopian tubes as well as affect the walls of the uterine cavity. This results in temporary infertility and may even progress to permanent infertility when fibroids gradually increase in size and multiply.
As fibroids develop along the uterine walls, the growths disrupt blood flow to the area which can affect the blood supply of the growing embryo which may lead to miscarriage. The uterine wall may also regard small fibroid growths as foreign and may lead to an inflammatory reaction that can affect fertilization as well as implantation of the embryo on the walls of the uterus. As you can see the first effect about fibroids and pregnancy is the infertility, but What happens if you are already pregnant and starts the fibroids?
Can Fibroid Develop When You Are Pregnant?
Fibroids may develop any time and even during pregnancy. It is very common for women learn that they have fibroid growth only after a routine prenatal exam. And with fibroids and pregnancy comes several complications like difficulties when the mother is in labor since large fibroids may affect the position of the baby causing it to shift; women with fibroids often deliver babies in breech position or even with the shoulder presenting.
The placenta may separate from the uterine wall as a result of developing fibroids and pregnancy which could be very fatal for the unborn child; it can lead to death and many other maternal complications.
How Do You Treat Fibroids and Pregnancy?
The most common treatment for large, multiple and growing fibroids is surgery but it is rare that fibroids could grow and cause harm since these are noncancerous growths. Most fibroids even shrink as the hormone levels tend to drop during the woman’s menopausal stages.
Fibroid growths are usually accelerated by increased levels of estrogen which is why the first advice to patients with uterine fibroids is to avoid using birth control pills. Fibroids are also found to increase in size and multiply when a woman is exposed to different toxins and chemicals like herbicides as well as any kind of food or food products that mimic the action of natural estrogen.
Although most fibroids will naturally decrease in size overtime, women diagnosed with uterine fibroids are faced with uncertainty and anxiety over their condition. Which is why more and more women seek alternative and holistic treatments to reduce fibroid growth. Here are three popular holistic approaches in treating fibroids and to possibly prevent fibroid growth from developing in the future: (these treatments, being natural, can help your situation of fibroids and pregnancy without taking unnecessary risks)
1. Cleansing treatment – as the body is exposed to toxins, harmful chemicals like pesticides and herbicides fibroids may develop and increase in size. It is natural and practical to cleanse the body free from toxins to allow the uterus to recover from fibroid growths and to improve overall health. Follow these steps:
- Drinking plenty of water, about 8 or more glasses, is the best way to do liver cleansing and colon cleansing as water dilutes and washes away toxins from the body.
- Adding more fiber to your daily diet is another way to naturally cleanse the body; you may eat foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lentils, berries and many more.
2. Exercise – exercise not only improves energy levels, stimulates the immune system and may also be a perfect holistic and natural treatment for fibroids. Exercise improves blood flow to the many organs including the uterus and other reproductive organs resulting in increase oxygen and nutrient delivery. These gradually lead to a reduction in fibroid size, amount and may even prevent fibroids from developing the future. Women who are known to exercise regularly may reduce the risk of developing fibroids and many other health conditions as well.
- You may start walking to short destinations everyday and slowly increasing your distance as you can manage.
- Get your rusty bike out and pedal your way to a fibroid – free tomorrow! You may get all your chores done while riding your bike like going to the market or to the park.
- You can enroll in a gym for a full body workout with complete equipment and professional training.
3. Using alternative remedies – there are so many alternative natural remedies available for the treatment of fibroids as well as other conditions of the reproductive system. Milk thistle (Silibum marianum) is one of the most popular natural remedies that are also used for treatment of liver disorders. Experts believe that ensuring that the liver is healthy can lead to making other organs of the body healthy; thus treating uterine fibroids by using milk thistle to strengthen the liver may be a suitable remedy. But care has to be ensured when taking any natural herbal remedy for fibroids; always consult your doctor especially when you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Milk thistle is available in 120 to 140 tablet form and taken two to three times a day.
So, at this point you have a better idea about Fibroids and Pregnancy, and in my blog you will learn more about Symptoms, Tratments, and details that you have to know before to take a dessicion of some treatment.