I am not a doctor. I do not have formal medical training. But, when my sister asked me if I knew of anything natural that could treat extended irregular periods, heavy bleeding and cramps I told her that it sounded to me like she had fibroids and I began looking to see if I could identify a natural way to help her fight this horrible condition.
This is what I found
If you have read some of my other posts, you will likely begin to see a pattern when I say that I believe that viral, bacterial, parasitic and or fungal infections are at the root of fibroids. In fact, my research has shown that viral and bacterial infections can be at the root of many, many human ailments in which doctors have failed to provide a reasonable cause.
When we think about an infection, we typically think about symptoms that somewhat correlate with a certain bacteria or virus. For instance, when we think about the virus that causes Chickenpox (varicella zoster), we think of a horribly itchy rash that covers our body. However, the same virus that causes Chickenpox also cause Shingles, which affects the nerves and is often more painful than itchy. What’s my point? My point is that I believe that infections can not only work together for greater pathogenicity, but that they can work quietly, under the covers let’s say, causing a myriad of issues that we don’t readily identify as symptoms of an infection.
Ever had a Urinary Tract Infection? Is it possible that the same bacteria that bless you with your occasional UTI’s are also responsible for your Fibroids? There are many, many human maladies that doctors and scientists say that they simply do not understand what causes them. I believe that the main reason for this is that doctors are trained to believe that certain bacteria and viruses can only cause certain symptoms. However, I believe that this couldn’t be farther from the truth.
A plan of attack
As I began reading as much information as I could find about Fibroids, it began to see a pattern emerging. Fibroids are almost always treated with invasive, surgical procedures and doctors do not really have a proven, non-invasive treatment plan to address them. And, the worst part is, that we allow ourselves to be invasively treated without questioning whether or not there might be another approach. An approach that leaves us with all of our organs in place.
So, as I began trying to create a list of suggested treatments for my sister, I felt that I would need to address bacteria, viruses, inflammation and tumorous growths. And, based on that theory, this is what I suggested:
- Bio-Fibrin– To help fight against Biofilm(Hardened bacterial colonies), tumors and fibrous tissue.
- Ultimate Monolaurin– To fight pathogenic infections (Bacteria, Viruses, etc)
- Lactoferrin– To steal back the iron that bacteria have sequestered, limiting bacterial growth as well as stabilizing our iron stores. Lactoferrin, I feel, is very important for when addressing any urinary related infections.
- Crushed garlic- I advised that she crush a clove or two of garlic and let it sit for 15 minutes before consuming it, twice daily as a natural antibiotic.
- Apple Cider Vinegar(Bragg brand organic with mother)- 2 tablespoons 1-2 times daily in water or juice
- Olive Leaf Extract- Natural antibiotic
- Additionally, she researched and took Fibro Defense (which also contains antibacterial ingredients, BTW)
Steady as she goes
As my sister began taking the supplements that I suggested, she began to report that she was starting to feel a little better and that her bleeding was subsiding. But, her journey wasn’t without question. In fact, more than once I had to reassure her that it took her a while to get into this mess. And, it would take her a while to get out of it as well. Anytime we spoke, I tried to remind her to be patient and stay the course.
A few months had passed when she texted me and said that her pain and bleeding had returned, now worse than ever. This news was disheartening, to say the least. Did this mean that the supplements weren’t working? Have the fibroids grown? I have really grown to trust supplements and other natural medicines and could not really fathom why she seemed to be getting worse.
And then the phone call
After visiting the ER at least twice and being scheduled for a DNC, my sister called to say that she had passed a large amount of tissue, blood and clots over the course of several hours and that she was feeling better. Now this was good news! On re-visiting the gynecologist, she was told that the fibroids had died and that her uterus had passed them naturally and that the process of elimination was the catalyst for her intense pain. It hadn’t been an easy journey for her but…no DNC was required and no partial or full hysterectomy was needed.
On hearing the news, I took a deep breath, thankful that we somehow managed to bypass any serious traditional medical intervention while literally curing her of the fibroids. Yet again, more proof that you should do your own research and take control of your own healthcare. Doctors are pretty good at figuring out what ails us. But, once we have an idea of what is going on we should make our own treatment choices.
If this article helps you overcome your fibroids, please leave me a comment and tell us your story so that others can be encouraged as well.
Her Story, in her words
I would like to share my story about how I took a natural approach to healing my fibroids.
I have always had short periods with minimal cramping and bleeding. Back in September, I started my period on the 9th and did not quit bleeding until Oct 2nd. The bleeding was heavy and the cramping was uncomfortable. I was afraid there was something seriously wrong with me. I talked with my brother and we both did some research on my issue. My brother was sure that it was most likely fibroids from everything he had researched. I also assumed that was more than likely what was going on with my body.
We decided I should take the natural approach, I mean after all if I would have rushed to the Dr he would have wanted to do a hysterectomy right away. I wasn’t ready to be cut on and I knew the bad side effects that go along with a hysterectomy at age 43. My brother researched the appropriate supplements that would help heal my issue. In the mean time I had stopped bleeding Oct 2nd but only for 5 days then started bleeding again. This was interrupting my life!!!
I was in constant fear of bleeding through my clothes, becoming anemic and spending all my time in the bathroom. My brother started me on a regimen of supplements to aid in killing bacteria in my body and replacing the iron that I was losing from all the bleeding. I was a bit hesitant that this would actually work because none of this was from a pharmacy prescribed by a Dr. I am a nurse and my instinct was to go see my Dr and take whatever he prescribed for me but I decided to take my brothers advice instead. My brother suffers from RA and with supplements, he has managed it without any of the harsh pharmaceutical drugs. As a nurse I am well aware of all the nasty side effects that come along with each medication. Some of the side effects outweigh the benefits of the medication so why do we take these? Well because our Dr says to!
So at age 43 I decided enough is enough and that I’m going to take a more natural approach to curing my female issues. I began taking supplements, apple cider vinegar and pressed garlic everyday. It took me a week to get in the routine of taking all of it but that is because I wasn’t use to taking anything except a multi vitamin. After about 2 weeks my bleeding and cramping slowed down a bit. I tried to get plenty of exercise and changed my diet. I researched foods that would aid in estrogen control. The main feeder of fibroids is excessive estrogen. I needed to try to balance my hormones in order to shrink the fibroids.
I also found a supplement called Fibro Defense. I take it twice a day. It has Ginger, Black Cohosh, Maitake mushroom and an antibacterial cleansing Pau D’ Arco. All of these ingredients are beneficial in reducing swelling of fibroids and normalizing breast and uterine health. So basically here is a rundown on what I take daily and let me mention I have ABSOLUTELY NO SIDE EFFECTS to any of these natural supplements!!!
What I have taken for my Fibroids
- Daily multivitamin
- Selenium 200 mg (which by the way if women took 200 mg of selenium each day we could reduce breast cancer by 80%)
- Lactoferrin twice a day
- Ultimate Monolaurin 3 times a day
- Vitamin C 6000 mg daily
- apple cider vinegar (2 tablespoons of daily mixed in my bottle of water with crystal light)
- Olive leaf extract 2 capsules a day
- Bio fibrin 3 a day first thing in the morning with my coffee.
I know this sounds like A LOT but I promise it becomes routine and it’s easy to do! I mean after all these are all very beneficial to your overall health!!!
So, back to my bleeding. I finally stopped bleeding the end of October and didn’t have a period until late Nov. That period was a about 11 days long which is longer than normal for me but much better!! Then came December and something amazing took place in my body! You are probably not going to believe me because honestly its hard to believe myself. I started my period but this time it was much worse. The pain and the pressure in my lower abdomen was horrible! I started using a hot pad to aid in the cramping and was taking ibuprofen for the pain. Two days later the pain became too much for me to handle!
My husband drove me to the ER. They did blood work and a UA. They couldn’t find anything wrong so I was diagnosed with menstrual issues and sent home on progesterone and a pain pill. The next day the pain and pressure worsened and this time my mom took me into the ER. The ER PA decided to do multiple tests to figure out what was causing all my pain. I had extensive blood work done, a CT with contrast an intra vaginal ultrasound. The CT showed my uterus enlarged and thickened. The technician doing my ultrasound had a hard time of finding my ovaries because my uterus was in the way.
My PA came in with the results. My white blood cell count was elevated (which is good and means my immune soldiers are fighting off an infection), my CT showed all normal organs and lymph nodes but an enlarged uterus and my ultrasound showed a lot of blood, tissue and fluid in my uterus! The PA consulted with a Gynecologist and she wanted me started on an antibiotic right away then she wanted to see me two days later in her office. I went home on an antibiotic and Tramadol for the pain. Then around 2am the horrific pain and pressure was back! Ladies if you have had children I would compare my pain to labor!!
I woke my husband in tears and back to the ER we went! I was in so much pain I Couldn’t get off the floor in the ER room. They gave me a shot of Toradol and that didn’t ease it at all! Then came back in with a shot of morphine. Finally i was able to crawl off the floor! I was sweating, exhausted and weak. My husband was beginning to become frustrated with the hospital staff. The ER treated me like I was a drug seeker. They sent me home on H. MORE DRUGS!!!
The next day I went to my parents to stay so my mom could help take care of me. The pain and pressure were still there but tolerable. Then around 6pm I went to the bathroom and passed some tissue. Later that night I felt a gush of fluid come out of me! I went the bathroom and couldn’t believe what I passed out of my body! I literally passed a toilet full of old blood, tissue, fluid and clots. I started suddenly feeling the pressure improve and the pain was better!
I spent most of the rest of night going to the bathroom passing fluid, tissue and clots. The next day was my Gynecologist appointment and I was feeling better! She did an ultrasound first thing and said that she wouldn’t have believed I was ever sick if she wouldn’t have already seen my ultrasound from the hospital. My uterus was back to normal and only a small amount of clots remained. She removed them to biopsy them.
She said my cervix had dilated so my uterus could rid all the necrotic (dead) tissue, clots and fluid. Its amazing! She didn’t have to intervene with any surgery because my body did what its made to do! I was given a shot of progesterone to aid in the excessive amount of estrogen. I am 43 and pre menopausal so my body is slowing down on progesterone production which is allowing an excessive amount of estrogen. Estrogen feeds fibroids!
She sent me home on an antibiotic and told me to rest! Guess what! I still have all my female organs but my fibroids are gone with no DNC or hysterectomy!! I decided to increase my vitamin C and olive supplements to aid in immune healing. I lost 4 and a half pounds of fibroids and clots out of my uterus! Fibroids can grow to be very large and painful! My gynecologist told me to keep up the good work with my supplements and everything else I was doing! So, its been 3 weeks now and I feel like me again! No bleeding, no bloating, no pain and no pressure.
Ladies, if you suffer from heavy, painful periods, lower abdomen and back pressure(especially when you urinate), weight gain, anemia, intermittent bleeding and clots then you may also be suffering from fibroids. See your Dr to make sure it’s not something more serious. If you are diagnosed with fibroids, I encourage you to try a more natural approach first.
I believe my body did what it was supposed to do with the help of my supplements and change in diet. There are alternatives to modern medical interventions. Please explore your options and take control of your health! I hope this information helps even some of you women that are suffering.
Good luck and God bless!