How Can I Live with Fibroids?

How Can I Live with Fibroids?


 If you have been diagnosed with fibroids, first you have to decide what symptoms you can live with and have regular check-ups for them.
But if you may still want help with your other symptoms, ask your doctor’s help what can be done to moderate them.

The most common approach to fibroids that are causing heavy bleeding is to monitor rather than treat them.

 

Self-help and Coping

If you use hormone therapy or a medication that contains estrogen, talk to your doctor about stopping it, sinse this can potentially reduce the size of your fibroids.
 

Although a healthy diet may not reduce your fibroids, it may help reduce some of the symptoms:

  • Avoid alcohol, sugar and saturated fats.

They make it difficult for your body to regulate hormones.
This can increase cramps and bloating.
 

  • You may also want to avoid foods that have hormones in them, such as processed foods, non-organic eggs, meat and dairy products.

 

  • Eat fruits and vegetables, particularly broccoli and spinach.

They also may help your body regulate its oestrogen levels.
 

  • Get plenty of B vitamins, calcium, magnesium and potassium.

They thought to help reduce cramps and bloating.

 

You can also join self-help groups or internet forums and receive support from other women.
You are certainly not alone; approximately 30% of women over the age of 35 have fibroids, and as many as 50% of black women have fibroids.

 

Here are some tips for coping with symptoms of fibroids:

  • Heavy Menstrual Bleeding
  • Anaemia
  • Urinary Frequency
  • Constipation
  • Pain During Sexual Activity
  • Back and Abdominal Pain


Heavy Menstrual Bleeding

Heavy bleeding can be distressing and can make every day activities difficult.

Some women with heavy bleeding feel they need to stay near a toilet during their periods.
This can greatly restrict activity and may be frustrating or tiring.
Women with heavy bleeding hesitate to participate in their normal activities for fear of socially embarrassing bleeding.

 

To cope with heavy bleeding, you may wear both a pad and a tampon.
Or you may double up your pads, with one further forward on the underwear and one further back, so you have a double thickness in the centre.
Heavier pads designed for women who have just given birth are another option, but both of these options are bulky and often uncomfortable.
 

Anaemia

Anaemia can make you feel weak, dizzy, tired and and short of breath.

If blood tests show that you have anaemia, ask your doctor about supplements or changes in your diet that might help.

 

You should eat iron-rich foods, like

  • cream of wheat,
  • lean red meats,
  • liver,
  • leafy green vegetables
  • dried beans,
  • nuts and seeds.
  • ed wine


to boost your iron levels.

 

You may also want to consider an iron supplement.
It is wise to have your hemoglobin levels (the iron-containing component of blood) monitored regularly.

 

Over-the-counter pain relief medication like

  • ASA (Aspirin)
  • acetaminophen (Tylenol)
  • ibuprofen (Advil)


can help relieve cramps and bloating and may also reduce blood flow.
If these drugs are not effective, talk to your doctor about stronger alternatives.

 

If you are not trying to get pregnant, this may be an option for you.

The hormonal birth control method Depo-Provera stops 50% of women from having their period.
Depo-Provera may also help prevent the growth of fibroids.

 

Reducing stress can help stabilize the menstrual flow.
 
Urinary Frequency

This problem is hard to prevent.
But it may help to be aware of when and how much you drink.
Avoiding liquids after 6 pm can help prevent having to get up at night.
 
Constipation

§         A high-fibre diet can help reduce or eliminate constipation.
Whole grain breads and cereals, legumes and many fruits and vegetables are high in fibre and may help with this problem.

  • Psyllium containing laxatives are mild and more appropriate for long-term use than other laxatives.
  • Drink plenty of water, particularly if you are using a laxative.
  • When having a bowel movement, elevate your feet slightly on a stool and relax your pelvic floor muscles to make it easier.
  • Back and Abdominal Pain
  • Over-the-counter pain relief,
  • ASA (Aspirin)
  • acetaminophen (Tylenol)
  • ibuprofen (Advil)


can help relieve pain.
Resting with a heating pad on the area where you feel pain may also help.
If your pain is a constant problem, you should speak to your doctor about treating your fibroids.
 
Pain During Sexual Activity

It usually occurs because your partner is pressing down on your abdomen, or because the fibroid is positioned so that it is being pressed on during penetration.
Experimenting with a variety of sexual positions may help you find one that is more comfortable and enjoyable for you.