Fibroids are something that I rarely discuss on this platform. So this goes so much beyond my regular content. However, I’ve been dealing with it for a while. There’s information available, but most medical treatments revolve around surgery. I believe there are no other remedies pushed because Black women are impacted at higher rates, medical procedures are profitable, and healthcare in the United States is a business. I said what I said. ANY. WHO. I have been dodging this surgery for a while, and I hope to continue doing so if I can. Below are some of the things I’ve done to help me avoid surgery:
Eat iron-rich foods
Fibroids make you bleed like you’re going to die sometimes, which could impact your iron levels for obvious reasons. I’ve read that this could contribute to anemia. I am lucky to be passed that portion of the fibroid journey because I’m in perimenopause. However, when I was bleeding to death monthly, I would start eating iron-rich foods days before my period. I ate those things until days after, and it addressed the symptoms related to low iron levels. I am a pescatarian & organic poultry leaning. So I would have a spinach salad with egg and some organic chicken. All of those foods are rich in iron. You can research iron-rich foods and include more of those things in your diet.
Minimize estrogen-mimicking products
Everything I’ve read says fibroid growth is due to an imbalance of estrogen and an imbalance of progesterone. So I eliminate those things from my life. That was very hard because many of our foods contain estrogen-mimicking products or chemicals linked to fibroid growth and breast cancer in Black women. Below is a list of things I removed from my life:
- Chicken that is not organic that have growth hormones. My research showed growth hormones could mimic estrogen, and that could increase the size of fibroids.
- Perms are linked to fibroids and breast cancer. So I stopped perming my hair.
- Soy is not healthy if you have fibroids. Soy is mostly genetically modified, so it’s not good for anyone.
- Hair products that are not natural. I lean toward products that have the least amount of chemicals.
- Body washes have loads of chemicals. I make my own with Castille soap, essential oils, almond oil, aloe vera gel, and vegetable glycerin.
- Body lotions are also full of chemicals. So, I make my own using organic coconut oil, essential oils, and almond oil. It takes just a few minutes to make enough for months.
Before my father passed, he researched natural treatments for fibroids because he was a holistic sort. One day after he had passed, I had a dream where my dad told me to look at one of his books on my shelf. I woke up, walked over to the book, and it fell off the shelf. The book landed on a page for a hormone-balancing fibroid herb tea. The book is The Juicing Bible by Pat Crocker, page 222. The recipe is below:
3 parts red raspberry leaves
2 parts chaste berries
2 parts lemon balm
1 part stinging nettle
1 part yarrow
1 part red clover flowers
1 part ginger root
1 part German chamomile flowers
1 part rosemary
I added the following for fibroids
1 part black cohosh
1 part dandelion root
1 part chickweed
Supplements & Natural Remedies
I am a fan of supplements, and I always will be because I have had great success using them for decades. I am always astounded when people are anti-supplement. That is especially the case since some pharmaceuticals have their foundational base in natural elements. ANY. WHO. I regularly take vitamins and supplements daily.
- Acidophilus because it’s good for vaginas and gut health. 75% or more of your immune system is in your gut. So I take one daily.
- Apple Cider Vinegar to continue on the vagina path. To keep my PH level on par, I occasionally pour 1 cup of it into my bath.
- Omega 3
- MSM – I have been using this for 23 years for inflammation
- Vitamin C works well with MSM and is for the immune system, helps to absorb iron, and for the bones and teeth.
In addition to the vitamins and supplements above, I also take Tumeric & ACV, Indole-3-Carbinol, Garlic Parsley, and Vitamins B-Complex, B6, D3, and E.
Natural Sanitary Products
As women, we can’t move past the monthly use of sanitary products. Although HoneyPot came under some fire recently, they still have products that have fewer chemicals than many others. So I am still riding with them for my pads, bath bombs and other items. The sanitary napkins are minty. If you know, you know.
I admit to having a love/hate relationship with exercise, but my body likes stretching and movement. I am happy with the results and how it makes me feel. So I have dedicated myself to doing more.
Castor Oil Packs
I have used these in the past, and they were pretty effective. My biggest issues is that I’m super irregular, so it was hard to time when to use them when my period wasn’t near. You can’t use castor oil packs while your perid is on.
My goal is to continue to ride it out with the fibroids. I’m not saying everyone should do that, but if you want to, the things above have helped me along in my journey. I am not a doctor, I am not giving medical advice, nor am I telling you to walk my path. I am simply sharing things that are helping me in my journey.
If you are battling fibroids, I would love to know how you’re managing the condition. Let’s chat on my socials’.
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