What to do when you get uterine fibroids

You have been diagnosed with uterine fibroid tumors. What do you do now? About one-third of all women will develop uterine fibroids in their lifetime that require treatment or observation. There are few studies on women with fibroids but some estimates are that eighty percent of all women will develop fibroids. With so many women developing fibroids, there is surprising little information about a woman’s options for dealing with the benign tumors.

Lycopene supplementation prevents the development of spontaneous smooth muscle tumors of the oviduct in Japanese quail.

Leiomyomas (fibroids) are benign tumors of the uterus affecting millions of women. Spontaneous leiomyomas of the oviduct are common tumors of the Japanese quail (Coturnix coturnix japonica), which makes it a good animal model for screening potential agents for testing in the prevention and treatment of human myoma uteri. Because dietary intake of lycopene has been associated with a reduced risk of a variety of human cancers, we investigated the effects of lycopene supplementation on the development of leiomyomas in the oviduct of Japanese quail.

Shrinking Fibroids with Supplements

Fibroids can shrink for any number of reasons.  Herbal and other supplements, like enzymes, are touted as shrinking fibroids because one woman's fibroids shrank while she took the supplement.  Some women have shrunk their fibroids with prayer.  Many women find relief from using various supplements.  One study showed that about 20% of the women incidentally in the study had fibroid shrinkage with no apparent cause for the shrinkage.


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