The question of what causes fibroids to grow is an interesting one which warrants some form of explanation. Uterine fibroids are benign or non cancerous tumors which grow in the uterus, outside the uterus or on the uterine walls. These fibroids vary in size from as minute as a pin to the size of a large watermelon. Fibroids affect women during their childbearing years and go away or reduce in size at the onset of menopause.
So what causes fibroids to grow?
Well, the female hormones estrogen and progesterone must be present in the body for uterine fibroids to grow. This is why fibroids diminish during menopause because women stop producing these hormones at this point in their life. While some women naturally produce excessive amounts of these hormones, others get it through artificial means. Birth control pills for example, are believed to encourage the growth of fibroids but do not cause them. By all accounts there have been obvious signs of fibroid proliferation during the use of contraceptive pills and a corresponding decline when the pills are no longer taken.
Hormone replacement therapy is also responsible for some instances of uterine fibroid growth. It is therefore important that when examining what causes the development of uterine fibroids to look critically at the use of hormone replacement therapy. This kind of treatment artificially introduces either estrogen, progesterone or both hormones into the body. These hormones, especially progesterone are known to increase the growth of fibroids in the uterus. Similarly to the pill, if this kind of treatment is discontinued the growth of the uterine fibroids will diminish. It should be noted however that if a woman has had a hysterectomy, the use of hormone replacement treatment will not result in uterine fibroids as they are only formed in or on the uterus.
So, we know for sure that what causes fibroids to grow are excessive amounts of estrogen or progesterone hormones in the body. The thing that is not entirely clear however is what causes them to develop in the first place. So far what research has shown is that the muscle cells which forms a fibroid initially came from one cell which became disordered for some reason which is still unknown. Some people attribute the cause of fibroids to factors such as abnormal cell dysfunction, hereditary reasons, virus, cell replacement or loss.
Knowing what brings about their growth can help to determine how to lessen the likelihood of one developing this disorder. The general consensus for reducing the risk of developing fibroids is to maintain a healthy lifestyle of diet and exercise. It is important that you monitor your wait in order to prevent it from getting out of hand and thereby possibly resulting in hormone imbalance. You should also reduce your consumption of red meat and focus more on eating fresh green vegetables and fruits. Taking vitamin B supplements are also a great way to mitigate the risk of getting uterine fibroids. These are your best bet for preventing uterine fibroids due to the fact that it is difficult to determine the exact, precise causes in each individual woman.
Tackling the potential root causes, even if you do not know which are applicable in each case is a way to treat fibroids naturally. So a robust system of dietary and lifestyle changes can work extremely well even if we don’t know exactly what causes fibroids to grow.
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