Alternative Treatments for Uterine Fibroids

What are uterine fibroids?

Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths of the uterus that often appear during childbearing years. Fibroids range in size from as small as a seed to larger than a grapefruit. You can have a single fibroid or multiple ones. 

Alternative treatment options for uterine fibroids:

I have treated uterine fibroids successfully for over 20 years. I use a combination of acupuncture, Chinese herbs and homeopathic remedies. I mostly treat women with uterine fibroids that are struggling to fall pregnant. Women also seek out alternative treatments for uterine fibroids, due to the pain and heavy bleeding that disrupts their lives. Why would you use this type of treatment versus the medical conventional treatments? First of all there are no side effects, it shrinks the uterine fibroids and they don’t grow back. It is safe and effective!!! 

Symptoms of uterine fibroids:

Many women do not have any symptoms. In those that do, symptoms are influenced by the location, size and number of fibroids. 

Some of the symptoms might include:

  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Periods lasting longer than a week or sometimes irregular periods
  • Spotting or bleeding between periods
  • Pain, pressure of discomfort in the pelvic area
  • Frequent urination
  • Difficulty in emptying the bladder
  • Constipation
  • Backache or leg pain
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Difficulty getting pregnant

What causes uterine fibroids?

Doctor’s don’t know the cause of uterine fibroids, but there are certain factors that increase the risk of developing uterine fibroids. These include:

  • Age, especially between the ages of 30-50 years.
  • Genetics, having a family history of uterine fibroids.
  • Early age of first menstruation, starting period before age 10.
  • Race, being an African American woman.
  • Weight, being overweight and obesity.
  • Diet, high in food that increases estrogen levels, increased consumption of alcohol or lower Vitamin D levels.
  • High blood pressure.
  • No history of pregnancy. 

Western medical treatment options for uterine fibroids:

Treatment options depend on their size and location in a woman’s body. The type of treatment your doctor will prescribe most likely will depend on the severity of your uterine fibroids as well as the patient’s expressed goals. Treatment options can include medication or removal of the uterine fibroids.

Hormonal medications, such as birth control pills or progesterone IUDs may be recommended. Surgical interventions include myomectomy (the removal of fibroids) or hysterectomy (the removal of the uterus). Another option is uterine fibroid embolization (UFE). This is a procedure done to shrink fibroids by cutting off their blood supply.