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Fibroids

I seem to get asked about Fibroid treatments quite often and this is where my knowledge and experience with natural progesterone helps with the advice I give.

As a fibroid treatment progesterone’s effectiveness stems from its powerful  counter-estrogenic properties. Hormone imbalances induced by environmental  poisons, especially the ‘xeno-estrogens’, are considered by some authorities to  be a likely cause of fibroids.

Fibroids are benign, usually painless tumours found in the uterus, made of  muscle and connective tissue. The cause is unknown. Starting as microscopic  bodies, they can grow to the size of a grapefruit or larger, sometimes filling  the entire uterus.

Pregnancy reduces the risk of new ones forming.  Progesterone suppresses estrogen. The high level of progesterone in pregnancy  is the probable reason pregnancy is protective.

Estrogen stimulates the growth of fibroids. Matrix metalloproteinases (MMP)  are also implicated in their formation. Estrogen also maintains secretion of  MMPs, so a vicious cycle is started.

Matrix metalloproteinases are enzymes that break down protein. They  play a role in the breakdown of endometrial tissues at the end of the menstrual  cycle. If they are over active, as would be the case with an excess of estrogen  in the body, (estrogen stimulates its production), the result is a pathological  reaction such as inflammation and excessive bleeding in the uterus. A high level  of MMPs can lead to both rheumatoid and osteo-arthritis, cirrhosis and  cancer.

Progesterone suppresses matrix metalloproteinases.

From 15 to 20% of reproductive women develop fibroids. But they occur most  frequently in women from the mid thirties on, affecting 30 to 40%. A time when  oestrogen levels are high but progesterone levels are declining. They often  cause heavy, irregular, sometimes painful periods. It is known that after  menopause with the drop in the estrogen level they disappear.

Supplemental progesterone, by suppressing both oestrogen and MMPs, is often  effective at reducing fibroids. If not too large, they are gradually absorbed  back into the body, taking from three to twelve months to do so.

As a fibroid treatment progesterone therapy often helps to prevent the heavy  bleeding and pain if present.

Current medical treatment is a hysterectomy, uterine artery embolisation  (UAE) or laparoscopic myomectomy (LM) to remove them. Anti-inflammatory drugs  are used for the pain and oral contraceptives to control the heavy bleeding.

Some symptoms are… fullness or pressure in the abdomen, pain with periods,  gas, frequent urination, heavy bleeding, often with clots.

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Fibroids

I get asked by Fibroid treatments quite often, it seems and this is where my knowledge and experience with natural progesterone helps with the advice I give.

As a fibroid treatment progesterone’s effectiveness stems from its powerful  counter-estrogenic properties. Hormone imbalances induced by environmental  poisons, especially the ‘xeno-estrogens’, are considered by some authorities to  be a likely cause of fibroids.

Fibroids are benign, usually painless tumours found in the uterus, made of  muscle and connective tissue. The cause is unknown. Starting as microscopic  bodies, they can grow to the size of a grapefruit or larger, sometimes filling  the entire uterus.

Pregnancy reduces the risk of new ones forming.

Estrogen stimulates the growth of fibroids. Matrix metalloproteinases (MMP)  are also implicated in their formation. Estrogen also maintains secretion of  MMPs, so a vicious cycle is started.

Progesterone suppresses estrogen. The high level of progesterone in pregnancy  is the probable reason pregnancy is protective.

Matrix metalloproteinases are enzymes that break down protein. They  play a role in the breakdown of endometrial tissues at the end of the menstrual  cycle. If they are over active, as would be the case with an excess of estrogen  in the body, (estrogen stimulates its production), the result is a pathological  reaction such as inflammation and excessive bleeding in the uterus. A high level  of MMPs can lead to both rheumatoid and osteo-arthritis, cirrhosis and  cancer.

Progesterone suppresses matrix metalloproteinases.

From 15 to 20% of reproductive women develop fibroids. But they occur most  frequently in women from the mid thirties on, affecting 30 to 40%. A time when  oestrogen levels are high but progesterone levels are declining. They often  cause heavy, irregular, sometimes painful periods. It is known that after  menopause with the drop in the estrogen level they disappear.

Supplemental progesterone, by suppressing both oestrogen and MMPs, is often  effective at reducing fibroids. If not too large, they are gradually absorbed  back into the body, taking from three to twelve months to do so.

As a fibroid treatment progesterone therapy often helps to prevent the heavy  bleeding and pain if present.

Current medical treatment is a hysterectomy, uterine artery embolisation  (UAE) or laparoscopic myomectomy (LM) to remove them. Anti-inflammatory drugs  are used for the pain and oral contraceptives to control the heavy bleeding.

Some symptoms are… fullness or pressure in the abdomen, pain with periods,  gas, frequent urination, heavy bleeding, often with clots.

 

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