How you can improve your hormone balance and help avoid a life of fibroid treatments - uterine fibroids treatment
Blog posts about how surgery can treat fibroids and change your life are a common sight online.
This post is different.
As a black women, you are at higher risk of fibroid growth at some stage of your reproductive life.
The problem is that you may be one of too many black women who are unaware of fibroids and their symptoms.
The statistics speak for themselves:
“Most American women will develop fibroids at some point in their lives. One study found that, by age 50, 70 percent of whites and 80 percent of African Americans had fibroids”
“Fibroids are still the leading reason for hysterectomies for Black women in the UK”
There is a quote from Michelle Obama that is especially reflective:
“Communities and countries and ultimately the world are only as strong as the health of their women” - Michelle Obama
As a black women, your strength is vital to the world.
That strength comes from good health. It is important that we all know what do with our lives and take action NOW and avoid a lifetime of fibroid dominance.
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The key to avoiding fibroid growth
The key to a life free of fibroid growth is to regulate your hormone balance.
Research indicates that fibroid growth is linked to higher than normal oestrogen levels in your body.
Making the right lifestyle choices, e.g eating and drinking the right things, can help to regulate your hormones.
Why not just have a medical procedure or surgery, you may ask?
There is a myth that fibroids just grow, lifestyle changes are ineffective and the only possible outcome for women is minor invasive procedures or/and major surgery.
The fact is that there are early and effective steps (many natural) you can take to prevent fibroid growth and reduce the worst of the symptoms.
Ignorance is bliss - or is it?
Some women have fibroids but experience no or few symptoms.
However, you may know of women walking around suffering with heavy bleeding, frequent periods or severe period pain who consider these symptoms as 'normal'.
I was one of those women.
I went through years of ignorance - thinking that my heavy periods were normal and I eventually became anaemic (or had a low iron count) which was not without its own risks.
Unfortunately, many women are in this situation.
Think about it - if you are talking to peers and family about having heavy periods who have the same and think it 'normal', would you not also think it was normal??
By the time the symptoms get to such a level that some women feel their choices are limited, invasive medical treatment can be the result.
However, could knowing about hormones levels and taking early action to regulate had made a difference?
We are all different but given the chance wind back the clock, would you take action to know about how to achieve hormone balance ?
For many of us, ignorance was certainly not bliss!!
I’m ready. So what do I to stop fibroid growth dominating?
There are two key things for starting your journey to taking control and maintaining a good hormone balance:
- Check out your Nutrition
- Check out your Lifestyle
What you eat and drink is important for regulating hormone balance.
As mentioned earlier, fibroid growth is linked to high levels of oestrogen.
Hormones are “natural chemicals” in your body which can be sensitive to certain foods and drinks.
It makes sense to aim for nutrition which helps with removal of excess oestrogen or does not further increase oestrogen in the body.
NOTE: advice from a trained public health practitioner is recommended before any drastic changes to your nutrition
Lifestyle also matters for hormonal balance!!
Hormones can react to changes in how your body interacts with your surroundings and the environment. For example:
- How you sleep
- How you exercise
- How you deal with stress
To know and “listen” to your body is key here, and a change in lifestyle can make a positive difference to your hormone balance.
For example, better sleep management and more exercise.
You can learn more here about the use of simple and easy exercises that can help avoid fibroid dominance
Where there has been a difference of opinion is to what extent the environment impacts hormone imbalance.
Unsure of your first steps on this journey?
- Do your research - start understanding about hormones and fibroids through the major public health sites of the country you live in e.g. in the UK, from the NHS guide on Fibroids
- Listen to what your body is telling you - only you can be sensitive to what is working and what is not. Use that as an impetus to take action
- Seek advice from a health practitioner - even if there are no signs, a blood or saliva test could be the best thing you do to start claiming hormone balance.
- Don’t immediately presume that what you have, e.g heavy periods, is “normal”. Get it checked out.
So there you are!
The truth about avoiding fibroid dominance is increasing your knowledge, taking control and regulating your hormonal balance through lifestyle and nutrition.
Understand what’s right for your own body but don’t presume that certain signs are what is normal for women to go through.
If in doubt, seek advice from a health practitioner.
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