Uterine Fibroids

Uterine Fibroids Overview:

Uterine fibroids are characterised by bundles of smooth muscle and connective tissue that can range in size significantly. As they grow they can disrupt the adequate fuinction of blood vessels and glands. This can result in irregular bleeding, and loss of fluid from the uterus.

 

Aetiology:

Causes can include an increase in local estrogen levels (including within the fibroid itself). Concentrations of estrogen receptor activity are higher in fibroids than the surrounding tissue. Similar mechanisms have been suggested through environmental factors like xenoestrogens such as pthalates, pesticides, tobacco smoke by-products, and various solvents. 

 

Symptoms:

Abnormal Uterine Bleeding

Menorrhagia

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Diagnostic Considerations:

 

Depending on the site of the fibroids, they can have differing names:

  • Submucosal
  • Intramural
  • Subserosal
  • Interligmentous
  • Pedunculated
 

Therapeutic Aims:

1. Address Possible Hormone Imbalance

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  • Phytoestrogens ()
  • Hepatics (Schisandra chinensis, Rosmarinus officinalis, Cynara scolymus, Silybum marianum)

2. Regulate Heavy Bleeding

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Differential Diagnosis:

  • Uterine cancer
 

Herbs For Uterine Fibroids:

 

Author:

Justin Cooke

The Sunlight Experiment

Updated: March 2018


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