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.
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.
If you have anemia, your blood does not carry enough oxygen to the rest of your body. The most common cause of anemia is not having enough iron. Your body needs iron to make hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is an iron-rich protein that gives the red color to blood. It carries oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body.
Women with uterine fibroids should be aware of the very serious implications of anemia and need to watch out for signs of this potential killer. Anemia for women with fibroids begins with heavy cycles. The earliest sign of anemia is often fatigue. Feeling cold and nauseated are signs that anemia is progressing to a level that requires some form of treatment or at least regular monitoring.
Health care providers consider a number of things when recommending treatment for fibroids, including:
Does the woman have symptoms of uterine fibroids?
Does she want to become pregnant?
How large are the fibroids?
What is the woman’s age?
If you have uterine fibroids, but show no symptoms or problems, you may not need any treatment. Your health care provider will check the fibroids at your routine gynecological exam to see if they have grown.