Recently, the news has been saturated with stories about women being sexually abused and mishandled.
Here is another serious abuse against women that happens over 450,000 times per year…
I have fibroid – it’s not uncommon. Almost 80% of women will have fibroids by age 50.
My fibroid fluctuates between the size of a grape to the size of a Navel orange. When it goes into it’s Navel orange size, it is annoying as heck! It presses against my bladder, aches my back, and wakes me up in the middle of the night to get up and urinate.
While dealing with my fibroid naturally, I was receiving acupuncture, taking herbs, and getting abdominal massage to get that bothersome little booger under control.
One day, while I sitting and waiting for a massage, I struck up a conversation with the young receptionist about my fibroid experience. I told her that it grows and shrinks at various times of the month with my hormonal cycle. I also mentioned that I was rolling up on 50 years old (at that time), so my hormones were starting to shift around a bit as I move through my 8th seven-year cycle on the planet (from 49-56 according to ancient healing medicine) .
The young lady said, “That’s great that you are trying to heal your fibroid naturally. I’ve got a fibroid too. It’s 11 centimeters and I’m opting to have it surgically removed.”
I said, “That’s a good option. BUT… please remember, before you go in for that surgery, you need to explicitly state to the surgeon that you do NOT want your entire uterus removed.”
She said, “Yes, I know! My original doctor wanted to do a full hysterectomy. I told the doctor that I’m only 28 years old and would like to have a family one day. The doctor didn’t agree with my choice to retain my uterus. So I changed doctors. My new doctor is only removing the fibroid and not my uterus.”
The masseuse that was picking me up in reception chimed in, “What?!? Taking out the uterus for a fibroid? Since when is this a thing?”
I told both of those girls that I’ve heard far too many stories from clients about how either their doctors have strongly encouraged them have a hysterectomy to remove a fibroid, or when they woke up from surgery, they simply had no uterus.
If I had heard this story only once, I would think it was a medical error. But, I have heard it too often. So yes… it is a thing.
Many physicians recommend removal of the entire uterus and in the large majority of cases, it is unnecessary. According to an ABC News story, experts say, “75% of the 600,000 hysterectomies performed annually in the United States may be unnecessary.” The news article goes on to state, “Hysterectomies are a big moneymaker for doctors and hospitals.”
This is a crime against women of all ages (young and old). Fibroids are NOT life threatening. They are non-cancerous growths. Most of them actually resolve on their own after menopause when the hormones stop fluctuating.
Ladies, before you opt for fibroid surgery have a conversation with your doctor, and get it in writing that the he/she will NOT remove your uterus unless it absolutely necessary. Or, if you do not want your uterus anymore, it needs to be your choice and not something you are pressured into for someone else’s financial gain.
As far as healing fibroids naturally, here are some suggestions for relief:
- Eat Clean – avoid fast food, junk food, chemical additives, endocrine disruptors (pesticides), and crappy meats (factory farmed animals). Eat wholesome, organic, whole food meals with an emphasis on leafy greens and cruciferous veggies for liver support, and whole grains rich in soluble and insoluble fiber to help move excess estrogen through the digestive tract and out of the body.
- Avoid dairy and milk products – while you are healing, avoid dairy (except butter and ghee). I’m not an anti-dairy girl, but energetically, milk is designed to makes things grow. Just watch the results of any little suckling baby, or a big bodybuilder who drinks whey protein. If you are seeking to grow your body, dairy is the ideal food. But, if you are seeking to reduce growth in your body, take dairy out for a period of time. I cover that more in depth here: Are Dairy Products toxic?
- Drink less coffee– excessive stimulants like high caffeine in coffee can amp up stress levels and throw hormones out of balance. Switch to lightly caffeinated green tea or naturally caffeine-free herbal teas. Some herbs to consider for uterine support and fibroid reduction include burdock, ginger, red raspberry leaf, and dandelion leaf and root.
- Reduce/eliminate alcohol – estrogen levels are higher and progesterone levels are lower in women who drink alcohol. Estrogen dominance stimulates the growth of fibroids. This doesn’t mean that you can never have an alcoholic beverage again, just chill out and enjoy some non-alcoholic drinks while you are healing.
- Daily Exercise – regular exercise improves metabolism, and lowers fat and estrogen levels in the body. Cardiovascular exercise and running is especially good for reducing serum estrogen levels. So much so in fact that women who exercise too frequently and too hard, lose their menstrual cycle. So get out there and just do it… just don’t overdo it!
- Acupuncture – since there is no “cure” for fibroids in allopathic medicine, try another healing modality. I love acupuncture. It always helps me feel healthier and more balanced. My Classical Chinese Medicine (CCM) practitioner is amazing. He is kind, listens to my concerns, never forces any unwanted procedures on me, and is an expert in his field. His name is James MaClean and his office is located in NYC on 23rd street: Qispirit.com. If you don’t feel comfortable with a man working on your girly parts, his wife Mari is a CCM practitioner and works in the same office.
- Get a massage – there are many different types of massage to help move “stuck” energy. And, I gotta say… I like them all. I use a variety of professional bodyworkers to help me get unstuck when I need support. One of my faves is Master Jey Park located in NYC. She’s been my go-to-gal for over a decade. And, for those of you that live in Brooklyn, check out Red Moon Wellness. Put your body in the hands of the pros and let them work their magic.
One final note, according to ancient medicine, the uterus is associated with our 2nd chakra. It is located just below the navel, and is the area where we experience feelings, emotions, pleasure, intimacy, creativity, connection to a significant other and to our larger community, and the ability to understand our own needs and set boundaries. If you are out of balance in any of these areas, it’s time to take a deeper look.
For example, I am a workaholic (and my husband often reminds me of this). I love my job, I love to create, I love working with individuals and groups, and I love sharing healing knowledge. My fibroid is telling me, I need to schedule more “me” time; more massages, more relaxation, more pleasure, and a little less work.
So… on that note, I’m off to schedule my next massage.
Do you have a fibroid story? If yes, please share your experience in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you.
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker and Herbalist. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.