How to Prevent and Manage Uterine fibroids.

Uterine fibroids

Fibroids are non-cancerous tumors that appear on the muscular walls of the uterus. They are the most common tumors of the body. They are also known as leiomyoma, leiomyomata, or myoma. They range in size from microscopic to masses that fill the entire abdominal cavity, and there is often more than one at a time. This condition can affect women of all ages but is most common in women ages 40 to 50.

Around 1 in 3 females with Uterine fibroids may experience symptoms that can include:

• Frequent urination
• Constipation
• Dyspareunia, or pain during sex
• Heavy or painful periods
• Abdominal or lower back pain

Our fibroid specialist at AVIS recommends:
• Exercising regularly
• Getting enough sleep
• Maintaining a healthy weight
• Controlling your blood pressure
• Eating a fibroid diet

While you cannot totally prevent fibroid but can modify your diet which might help in slow fibroid growth or ease fibroid symptoms.

Foods to eat if you’ve been diagnosed with fibroids include:

• Antioxidant-rich green tea
• Fiber-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables, oats, and barley
• Foods rich in calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium like fortified milk
• Potassium-rich foods such as avocado, tomatoes, and bananas

Fruits and Vegetables:

Fruits and Vegetables are rich sources of iron, vitamin minerals, and fiber. Fruits and Vegetables have healing properties and also help to remove toxins and waste matter from your body. Increase consumption of fiber can help to eliminate excessive estrogen and help in weight control also.

Lemons:

Lemons are usually packed with rich sources of antioxidants and vitamin C. Lemons can work against the uterine tumor. Take two teaspoons of lemon juice and one teaspoon of and mix it in a glass of Luke water. Continue to drink this regularly.

Flaxseeds:
Flaxseeds contains high healing properties especially phytoestrogens which can help to replace some of the much stronger and more damaging estrogen produced naturally in the body which can help to prevent estrogen dominance which fibroids thrive.

Banana:
Bananas are high potassium and low sodium content fruit. There are a wide variety of health benefits that are associated with the curvy yellow fruit. Bananas are high in potassium and pectin, a form of fiber. They can also be a great way to get magnesium and vitamins C and B6. Bananas are rich in antioxidants, which can protect from free radicals, which we come into contact with every day.

They are packed with a mineral electrolyte that keeps electricity flowing throughout your body, which is required to keep your heart beating.

Ginger:
Ginger helps relieve pain add Warm castor oil packs on the belly, or ginger compresses soak a towel in hot ginger water relieve pain and help shrink the fibroids.

Turmeric:
Turmeric has an active ingredient known as curcumin which has properties like antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial. Curcumin can destroy fibrotic cells or stop them from reproducing.

Avoid foods, which may lead to weight gain and fibroid growth:

• Phytoestrogens that mimic estrogenic levels in the body, such as alcohol, red meat and chocolate.
• High-sugar foods like fruit juice.
• Highly processed foods like white bread or energy bars.

Fibroid treatment options
If fibroids are large or bothersome, you should talk with your doctor about the pros and cons of the different fibroid treatment options, which include.

Medical therapy
• Hormonal medicines
• Non-hormonal medicines

There are two surgical approaches for fibroids:

Fibroid surgery

• Fibroid removal
• Hysterectomy

Uterine artery embolization (UAE)

Note: By the above-mentioned diet you will not completely get rid of Uterine fibroids. These are some of the specific ways to help and prevent the development of Uterine fibroids.

If you experience discomfort from the uterine fibroids symptoms and/or are unable to grow your family, get in touch with Dr. Rajah V Koppala at Avis Vascular Centre. Get in touch with us today!

FAQ

what are uterine fibroids?

The fibroids are the most common tumours of the body that are non-cancerous. They appear on the muscular walls of the uterus. Fibroids can range in size and number and affect women of almost all ages, mostly in their 40s to 50s.

Are uterine fibroids genetically transferred?

Family history can be one of the risk factors for uterine fibroids. If your female family members have this condition, you are at more risk of developing them.

What causes uterine fibroids?

The growth of fibroids tends to be stimulated by oestrogen and progesterone, which stimulate uterine lining development during each menstrual cycle. Pregnancy also increases the production of these two hormones, which result in fibroids growth.

What are the signs and symptoms of uterine fibroids?

Frequent urination, constipation, pain during intercourse, heavy or painful periods, and abdominal or lower back pain are some of the symptoms.

How to prevent uterine fibroids?

Uterine fibroids can’t be totally prevented but modifications in your diet might help ease fibroid symptoms or slow the growth. At Avis Hospitals, our fibroid specialist recommends exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, getting enough sleep, and controlling blood pressure.

What is the best treatment for uterine fibroids?

Uterine Fibroid Embolization is a painless, scar-less, and non-surgical treatment process for fibroids that is performed as a day-care procedure. Being the most advanced process of removing fibroids, the procedure has the highest rate of success and minor side effects.

What are the best foods to eat if you have uterine fibroid?

The foods you should eat if diagnosed with uterine fibroids are:
Fibre-rich foods like fruits, oats, vegetables, and barley.
Antioxidant-rich green tea.
Calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus-rich foods such as fortified milk.
Foods like avocados, bananas, and tomatoes that are rich in potassium.

What food to avoid if you have uterine fibroid?

Avoid foods that may result in weight gain if you have uterine fibroids. To prevent fibroid growth avoid alcohol consumption, chocolate, red meat, high sugar foods like fruit juice, highly processed items like energy bars and white bread.

What is the surgical procedure to remove uterine fibroid?

The two surgical procedures are: fibroid surgery and uterine artery embolization. However, to get rid of uterine fibroids, you don’t actually have to undergo a surgery. Uterine fibroid embolization is a painless and non-surgical treatment procedure that is performed without any scarring.

How can uterine fibroids be removed?

To remove uterine fibroids, our fibroid specialist at Avis Hospitals recommend a non-surgical, painless, and scar-less treatment through the Uterine Fibroid Embolization procedure. It is performed under local anaesthesia and there is no need for hospitalisation.

What is Uterine artery embolization?

Uterine artery embolization is a procedure done for treating adenomyosis and uterine fibroids. In this procedure, the interventional radiologist injects small particles to block the uterine body’s blood supply by using a catheter.

What are the side effects of uterine fibroid embolization?

Uterine fibroid embolization is the most advanced treatment procedure with the highest rate of success and negligible chances of side effects. Although like any other surgery, it carries certain risks, overall it is a safe, day-care procedure performed under local anaesthesia.

What is the recovery time for uterine fibroid embolization?

In most cases, patients experience rapid recovery and faster healing. It is a highly advantageous treatment process over other procedures. Most patients can resume their daily activities after 2 to 6 days of the treatment.

Can fibroids reappear after embolization?

There are very low chances of the reappearance of uterine fibroids after embolization. However, it varies from patient to patient and in some cases, fibroids may reappear. This requires a long-term management plan. Overall, it is a safe procedure with minor side effects.

How much does a UFE procedure cost?

Our world-class medical treatment facilities are affordable. The cost of UFE procedure may vary from patient to patient, depending on the condition’s severity and other factors, like age. At Avis Hospitals, our tie-ups with insurance providers will provide you with a cashless mediclaim experience.