After a new diagnosis, we know you may wonder, “Can I shrink my fibroids naturally?” Luckily, there are some natural approaches that may improve your fibroid symptoms. And we will review them in today’s posts. But first, we need to emphasize that they can’t get rid of your fibroids, only some of your symptoms. So keep pushing through to the end of this post, where we’ll provide information about Uterine Fibroid embolization, a minimally invasive fibroid treatment we offer at our Dallas practice.
What are Uterine Fibroids?
These are non-cancerous tumors. They can develop in or on your uterus, or within the uterine wall. Fibroids come in different sizes, remaining relatively small (about 1mm) for some women, while others growths will balloon to over 4 inches (10 mm) in diameter. (Keep in mind that there’s actually no limit on fibroid growth, and that’s why you’ll hear wild stories about women getting giant fibroids removed.
Fibroids are composed of connective tissue and smooth muscle cells. For some women, they won’t cause any disruptive symptoms. But for others, fibroids will cause heavy periods, back pain, bloating, abdominal symptoms, painful sex and more.
Fortunately, uterine fibroids don’t increase your risk for uterine cancer. Yet they can impact your fertility, as well as your ability to deliver a full-term baby vaginally. And, most annoyingly, they hurt. Which is why most women with symptomatic fibroids hope to shrink or remove their tumors.
How Can I Shrink My Fibroids Naturally?
We know that many people prefer to seek natural treatments over invasive procedures. For that reason, we’re sharing natural lifestyle choices that can help minimize painful fibroid symptoms, without shrinking the actual size of your growths.
Did you know that your fat cells produce estrogen, and then hold on to the hormone in your body? This can be a problem, since estrogen imbalances are linked to fibroid growth. For that reason, you may be able to limit fibroid growth by losing any excess weight, and sticking to a healthy weight afterward.
Easy Dietary Swaps
What you eat can matter as much as the weight you see on the scale when it comes to your fibroid symptoms. Some foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, can improve fibroid symptoms. But other items, including red meat, sugary snacks, or highly processed foods, may amplify your unwanted fibroid symptoms.
Mineral and Vitamin Supplementation
Certain dietary supplements, including calcium, Vitamin A, magnesium, and phosphorus, may help limit your fibroid growth. Also, Vitamin D deficiency seems to increase your risk for fibroids, so adding a daily supplement could help shrink fibroids naturally. Finally, if one of your symptoms is severe period pain, you may also find some relief by boosting your intake of omega-3 fatty acids.
Can I Shrink My Fibroids Naturally with Self-Care?
Not big on changes to your diet? Don’t worry, even something as simple as getting in a workout can help you find symptom relief. (Yoga is a really great options, since many positions are designed to alleviate pelvic pain.) Also, when you’re on your period, try relieving painful cramping with a warm bath, a massage, or a soothing warm compress on your back or stomach.
Less Invasive Treatments to Shrink My Fibroids Naturally
We can’t state this enough: the natural treatments we’ve just reviewed mostly target fibroid symptoms, not the growths themselves. So, if getting rid of fibroids is your ultimate goal, you’ll have to explore other fibroid treatment options.
Of course, while most treatment options aren’t technically natural, you do have choices that aren’t surgery. (Steer clear of hysterectomy or myomectomy if you are looking for the most natural treatment option that’s available.) Where should you look instead? Try asking us about Uterine Fibroid Embolization, a treatment available at our Dallas fibroid treatment center.
What is Uterine Fibroid Embolization?
Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is a minimally-invasive hysterectomy and myomectomy alternative. But it still shrinks your uterine fibroids, and offers a success rate approaching 85%. Best of all, most women experience immediate symptom improvement, with results getting better and better over time. Also, UFE makes fibroids shrinks; in most cases, the growths disappear completely over time. Learn more here.
Is UFE Right for Me?
Not every woman will benefit from UFE. But if you are suffering with fibroid symptoms, and hope to shrink your growths using a more natural, less invasive approach, it could be your best option. Just keep in mind that pregnant women can’t undergo UFE, so you will have to wait for this procedure if you’re currently expecting.
So, back to that original question: can I shrink my fibroids naturally? Well, we’re here to offer you a less invasive path to relief. All you have to do is schedule a consultation with our fibroid specialists in Dallas, TX. We’ll answer all your questions about treatment options, and help you decide how to shrink those fibroids!
Sources: Responsum for Fibroids