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If you’re of African or Caribbean descent then it’ll probably not be the first time you’ve heard about Fibroids. They largely affect a huge part of our community for a number of different reasons.
Fibroids are non-cancerous growths specifically found in the womb (uterus) that are made up of muscular and fibrous tissue and tend to appear during a woman’s childbearing years. They are typically benign but you may realise you have them if you have heavy painful periods or trouble getting pregnant.
Other symptoms of fibroids may include:
1. Pelvic pain
3. Pressure in your abdomen
4. Pain during sex
Now, before you diagnose yourself, it’s important to note that these symptoms are very similar to many other reproductive conditions so it’s always best to see a healthcare professional before undertaking any changes or treatment for fibroids.
Why do some women get fibroids?
It’s unclear why they develop in some women and not others, but hormones could have something to do with it! It’s said that the production of oestrogen and progesterone each menstrual cycle stimulates the growth of fibroids and family history can also play a part, but this isn’t a given. It’s also said that lifestyle, food consumption and even hair perm may have an impact on whether or not fibroids can become a thing or not but there isn’t solid research to give a definitive conclusion.
If you do discover you have fibroids and you want to explore some natural remedies that can help on your journey with them then of course we have a few suggestions for you!
Yoga or pilates can be beneficial if you’re suffering from fibroid pain. Low impact exercise to get your body moving without putting it under tons of pressure is a great way to keep fit in a way that works for your condition.
Heat is usually most beneficial if your fibroids are giving you cramps. You’re going to want to invest in a great water bottle or even a heated mattress under blanket:
Fruit and veg – eating a good selection of fruits and vegetables can lower the chance of developing more fibroids and wholegrain foods can ease symptoms. We know that fruit and veg can expire but the time you turn around to get it so here are some items that can help extend their shelf life.
Acupuncture or cupping therapy is known to be great in helping to alleviate symptoms of menstrual pain by reducing the levels of prostaglandins, thereby reducing uterine contractions and reduce sensitivity to pain
Our Top Tip:
Avoid smoking and a diet high in sugar – both have negative impacts on your general health but it is thought that high-sugar diets can make you more likely to develop fibroids and smoking reduces the oxygen reaching your pelvic area.