Uterine fibroid


Overview

Fibroids are non-cancerous growths that develop in or on a woman's uterus during a woman's childbearing years. Although uterine fibroids usually aren't dangerous, they can cause discomfort and may lead to complications such as anemia causing fatigue from heavy blood loss.

Symptoms

Many women who have fibroids don't have any symptoms. In those that do, symptoms can be influenced by the location, size and number of fibroids.

  • Heavy menstrual bleeding.
  • Menstrual periods lasting more than a week.
  • Pelvic pressure or pain.
  • Frequent urination.
  • Difficulty in emptying the bladder
  • Constipation 
  • Back ache or leg pains.
  • Painful sex.
  • Infertility.
  • During pregnancy, they may cause recurrent spontaneous abortion, premature contractions, or abnormal fetal presentation or make cesarean delivery necessary.

Causes

Exact cause is unknown.

The cause and growth of fibroid can be 

  • Excessive intake of unctuous food.
  • Low physical activity.
  • Smoking
  • Obesity.
  • oestrogen imbalance.
  • Hereditary

According to Ayurveda there are three fundamental energies present in our body: Vata, Pitta, Kapha which should be in balance. Uterine fibroid is a kapha dominant disorder. Other two doshas such as pitta and vata are also involved but to a lesser degree. Due to vitiated kapha along with vata, mamsa (muscular tissue) and Raktha (blood) get vitiated and produce fibroid. The condition of the uterine fibroid is similar to Garbhashayagata granthi.

Treatment

Treatment protocol aims to:

  1. Regulate hormonal and address the growth of the growing fibroid.
  2. Maintain normal menstrual cycle with proper flow.
  3. Provide strength and stamina to the whole body.

The first line of treatment should always be avoiding the causative factors..If the problem persists then consider the following treatment protocol: 

  • Pelvic pressure or pain - Hormonal imbalance is the main cause of uterine fibroid resulting in pain or pressure to the pelvic area. Kanchanara guggulu, Shunthi, Maricha, Pippali will help to prevent the growth of fibroid, normalising the hormone.
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding and bleeding between periods - Fibroids which grow in the uterine wall impinge the uterine cavity and cause bleeding. Pushyanuga Choornam, Nagakesara, Raktapachaka vati, Lodhra, Shalmali and Ashoka regulate the blood circulation, heals and stops the bleeding.
  • Rejuvenating the female reproductive system  - Chandraprabha vati strengthens uterine muscle, rectifies problem of menstruation and hormones. Also promotes overall strength and immunity.

(The above mentioned Ayurvedic drugs are Herbs and Herbo-mineral preparations) 

Other therapies - Abhyanga, Basthi, virechana, vamana.

Herbs

Kanchanara guggulu, Shunthi, Maricha, Pippali, Raktapachaka vati, Lodhra, Shalmali, Ashoka, Pushyanuga choornam, Nagakesara, Chandraprabha vati

When to see a doctor?

You should see your doctor immediately if you have uncontrollable bleeding, or sudden sharp pelvic pain. 

Lump or mass in your abdomen

Very heavy, painful periods

Inability to control urination.

Difficulty in urination.

Chronic pelvic pain


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