She’s been married for 12 years and lived with her husband consistently in their home in Lagos. Though she had enjoyed marital bliss all these years, the major problem currently rocking her marriage is the series of miscarriages she has experienced and her inability to bear children.
It got so frustrating and she blamed the spontaneous pregnancy losses on several factors until she was diagnosed with fibroid in the uterine cavity, occupying the space meant for the developing foetus.
Still under the illusion that she might have been placed under a spell by her enemies, she resorted to visiting prayer centres to solve her problem. Rather, the swollen mass located in the lower part of her abdomen continued to increase, causing recurrent miscarriages.
Like Mrs. Ayeni, if you are suffering from uterine fibroid, and this has been causing you series of miscarriages or other fertility troubles, then, be sure to read this post to the end.
If you have not being diagnosed already but are trying to conceive, don’t joke with this educative post because a recent survey just revealed that 5 out of 6 Nigerian women have fibroid and many are unaware of it.
Studies have also shown that fibroid affects up to 20 percent of women above the age of 30.
What exactly is Fibroid?
Fibroid is known as non-cancerous growths found in or on the muscular wall of the womb. These growths vary in sizes. Some can be as small as a pea, while others can be as large as a 7 or 8 month old foetus.
In other words, some women that have fibroid that size would be believed to be pregnant, when they are not. How unfortunate!
What are the Symptoms?
In women who have symptoms, the most common symptoms of uterine fibroid include:
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Prolonged menstrual periods — seven
days or more of menstrual bleeding
- Pelvic pressure or pain
- Frequent urination
- Difficulty emptying your bladder
- Backache or leg pains
Some women who have fibroid experience no pain at all, whereas, others do. Usually, this pain is a slight pain caused because of the pressure exerted by the fibroid, which causes a dragging sensation in the abdomen.
In most cases, however, fibroid patient may not notice it, if the fibroid growth does not exert any pressure on the neighbouring organs. And for these people, they can live with the fibroid for many years without knowing.
To be sure, make sure you see your doctor when you have:
- Pelvic pain that doesn’t go away
- Overly heavy or painful periods
- Spotting or bleeding between periods
- Pain consistently with intercourse
- Enlarged uterus and abdomen
- Difficulty emptying your bladder
Fibroid Causes Infertility in Many Women
It is sad to note however, that fibroid has caused infertility in women, and is responsible for many miscarriages that happen among women. The truth is, if a woman has fibroid, it may be difficult to maintain the growth of a baby till
Miscarriages happen in women with fibroid because, fibroid growth, most times are so enlarged in the womb that it distorts the normal space that the baby occupies for growth.
Furthermore, because of this distortion, a fertilized egg will have problem with implantation on the walls or lining of the uterus because a fibroid is there already. When implantation fails to happen, miscarriage may result.
Different Types of Fibroid
- Fibroids that grow on the inside of the womb is called Submucosal fibroids.
- Fibroids that grows on the wall of the womb is called Intramural fibroids.
- Fibroids that grows on the outside of the womb is called Subserol fibroids.
What Causes Uterine Fibroid?
Because fibroid problem runs in some families, it is believed that it can be hereditary. Women whose mothers and/or sisters have/had fibroid have a higher risk of developing them too. However, there are no proofs to this.
There are two hormones that are responsible in stimulating the development of the uterine lining during each menstrual cycle in preparation for pregnancy.
These two hormones are called Estrogen and Progesterone. It appears these two hormones promote the growth of Fibroid in women when the presence of these hormones is more than normal in the body.
When estrogen levels are high, especially during pregnancy, fibroids tend to swell. When estrogen levels are low fibroids may shrink, e.g. during a woman’s menopause
Factors that May Increase Fibroid Development
- Early menarche – the longer a woman has her menstrual cycle, the longer estrogen levels are elevated
- Fewer pregnancies – many women today are restricting how many children they are having or are not having children at all, which increases their total exposure to estrogen
- High body fat content – body fat produces and stores estrogen; the more body fat a woman has the more estrogen
- Exposure to xenoestrogens – plastics, pesticides, herbicides, synthetic hormones in both meat and dairy products, and hormone replacement therapy (HRT) including oral contraceptives (birth control) containing synthetic estrogen
- Poor estrogen metabolism – some women’s bodies have a harder time removing and metabolizing excess estrogen
Report Links Use of Hair Relaxers to Fibroid
The report of a Boston University study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology indicated that chemical
hair relaxers which are used by millions of black women, possibly expose them to various chemicals through scalp lesions and burns, may not be unconnected to high incidents of fibroid in black women.
In the course of the study, scientists followed more than 23,000 pre-menopausal Black American women from 1997 to 2009 and found that the two- to three-times higher rate of fibroid among black women may be linked to chemical exposure through scalp lesions and burns resulting from relaxers.
Findings of a separate study published in the Annals of Epidemiology also showed that women who got their first menstrual period before the age of 10 were also more likely to have uterine fibroid, and that early menstruation may result from hair products black girls use.
What Treatment Options are Available for Fibroid?
Basically, there are two basic treatment options for fibroid. They are
- Natural Herbal Remedy
Treatment #1- Surgery
Do you know why there is a high chance of the Fibroid to grow back after it has been removed from the body?
It is because surgery DOES NOT treat the CAUSE of Fibroid. It only treats the symptoms and the manifestation of the disease. That is, cutting off the fibroid tissue.
The known cause of Fibroid is Estrogen Dominance. In other words, the only way to stop the growth of fibroid is to limit everything that causes the production of excess Estrogen hormones to be stored in the body.
In other words, as long as this estrogen level is NOT MINIMIZED, the fibroid growth will continue because the presence of excess estrogen hormones in the body feeds the growth of fibroid. Therefore, cutting off the fibroid via a surgery is only a temporary solution, not a permanent one. It will grow back to replace the one cut off in a short time.
If you want to treat the problem of Fibroid, you need to eliminate what feeds the fibroid to grow. When that happens, if there are existing fibroid, they will starve, and gradually shrink to death. How is that done? That takes us to the next treatment option.
Treatment #2 – Herbal Remedies
The next more reliable but slow method to actually shrink the fibroid to death is to use herbal remedies for 3 months.
A perfect herbal remedy is Fibrofit. This herbal remedy is unique in the following ways:
- It helps you detoxify. Detoxification makes the liver stronger and helps it to work at optimal capacity. This is necessary because your liver metabolizes the estrogen that is available in the body. If the liver is overloaded and overworked, it will not be able to metabolize the estrogen to the normal level responsible for pregnancy to occur or just to the normal level for a human body.
- This herbal supplement has a total of 5 individual products; each one plays a vital role in helping you to shrink the fibroid growth available in the body.
3. Fibrofit has no side effect. Instead, you will notice increased energy and improved metabolism. You will start noticing visible signs of your health improving from the second week of using it.
4. Fibrofit is approved by major certification bodies in the world, such as Hallal, Kosher and NAFDAC
Your fibroid will shrink month by month and you will find out that your menstrual cycles continue to improve as each month passes by. More so, your life will improve, and your energy levels will rise as your body is restored.
And they do this by helping in the metabolism of the hormone Estrogen and with the assistance of a cleaned or detoxified Liver, the right quantities of this hormone is maintained resulting in the shrinking of the fibroid over a few months period. It is suggested you use it for 3 months for maximum result.
If you contemplate surgery, I think you should first try this option for 3 months, go back to the hospital to check if the fibroid is still the same or not, before finally deciding.
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I wish you a huge success in your journey to fertility