Suffering from Fibroids is Not “Normal”

Phyllis, owner of Fibroid Queen in a picture of her with a yoga mat and weights. for her blog, Suffering from Fibroids is Not Normal
I carried false beliefs through my adulthood about fibroids because of what I was told. Fibroids are abnormal, non-cancerous tumors that grow on the uterus.

There are natural ways to treat fibroids.

I remember when I was in high school, and dealing with painful cramps and heavy periods. I remember expressing my misery to my Mom, she responded, “it’s just a part of being a woman.” I carried false beliefs through my adulthood abut fibroids, but I now know that suffering from fibroids is not normal anymore.

Fibroids are abnormal, non-cancerous tumors that grow on the uterus. For the most part, fibroids are not life-threatening. But, they can impact the quality of life and cause unwelcoming symptoms. The main symptoms are anemia due to heavy bleeding, painful cramps, constipation, bloating and urinary frequency.

Clearly, fibroids pain and other symptoms took a psychological toll. I really believed I had no other options but to endure the symptoms. I was told by many Doctors that surgery is the best option or consider a hysterectomy. My symptoms were mostly pain, heavy bleeding, and anemia. As a coach and a nurse, I am always giving guidance but not practicing what I preach. I started to educate myself on holistic/alternative options.

There is non-surgical relief.

For the most part, women in their childbearing years develop uterine fibroids or benign tumors of muscle and connective tissue. Unfortunately, one common treatment, a hysterectomy, involves removing the uterus. 

Historically, fibroid treatments like myomectomies and hysterectomies are not desirable to many women. I was one of the women, considering the possible re-growth and scar tissue from fibroid removal. I wanted holistic and natural measures with diet and exercise.

A holistic regimen entailing physical activity, plant-based diet and stress relieving activity may provide a lot of relief. I know it did for me. Exercise, incorporating citrus fruits and cruciferous veggies into my diet and yoga. I have noticed my heavy periods decrease and no longer experience painful cramps.

Citrus fruits like grapefruit, lemon, and oranges, are packed with fiber and have an excellent source of immune-boosting vitamins. Fiber can help lower estrogen levels. Estrogen dominance is the root cause of fibroids for most.

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According to, most cruciferous veggies are rich in vitamins and minerals such as folate and vitamin K. Dark green cruciferous veggies also are an excellent source of vitamins A and C. They’re also rich in phytonutrients plant-based compounds that may help to lower inflammation and reduce the risk of developing cancer.

Yoga may not only help you find peace and balance but may also help you manage chronic conditions. According to, exercising can also reduce the production of estrogen and progesterone, limiting the growth of the fibroids.

Further research showed that BMI – body mass index – is linked to the development of uterine fibroids. By exercising and burning calories you can reduce your BMI and prevent the fibroids’ growth. You can also use exercises to reduce the amount of visceral fat in your body, which is fat stored around your internal organs.

Visceral fat is linked to excessive estrogen production. Lowering the amount of visceral fat helps your body process the extra estrogen and balance the hormones in your body, preventing the growth of fibroids.

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