Uterine fibroids growths made up of muscle and other tissues that grow in the uterus. They may develop in the uterine wall, inside the lining of the uterus, or outside of the uterus. Many women with fibroids do not experience any symptoms and are unaware that they have fibroids. However, about one in four women may experience some symptoms such as heavy bleeding, pain, and urinary problems that may require treatment.
What causes them?
Influential factors can include genetics, hormonal dysregulation, the environment, or a combination of all of these factors however the actual cause of fibroids still remains unknown.
What are my treatment options?
Most women with fibroids do not have any symptoms or complications which therefore, do not need treatment. If symptoms do develop, your health care provider may recommend waiting and watching what happens carefully.
A doctors approach to treating fibroids will depend on your symptoms, the size of the fibroids, location, age of the individual, and whether you are looking to get pregnant. Treatment options typically include medications. A specific one called Mifeprsitone is an anti-hormonal agent that may help stop or slow the growth of fibroids. Unfortunately it only provides temporary relief of the symptoms. Other hormonal medications such as androgen-like agents are also used and they can have side effects including facial hair growth, weight gain, acne, headaches and deepening of the voice. Sometimes fibroid removal surgery or a hysterectomy (complete removal of the uterus) are recommended.
Natural alternative or complimentary options:
Since fibroids can be strongly influenced by your hormonal state, establishing a healthy hormone balance is often beneficial. As such, naturopathic assessments often include Salivary hormone testing. The difference between this and blood hormone testing is that it identifies how the hormones are functioning as well as their longterm statusvs. blood tests which only show the amount of hormone that is present in the blood stream at that moment in time. Blood levels are not necessarily reflective of what kind of effect those hormones are having in your body. Salivary hormone testing is performed by the naturopathic doctors at Kleinburg Integrative Health. Once your hormonal status is established, natural medicine including botanicals and supplements are selected to promote a healthier balance.
Proper nutrition is also an important element in the treatment of hormonally-related concerns. Both the Holistic Nutritionist and Naturopathic Doctors at Kleinburg Integrative Health can work with you to improve your diet and get on the right path to better hormonal health.