Naturopathic Treatment for Uterine Fibroids

By: Dr. Lesley D'Souza, ND, Mar 02, 2015
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What are Uterine Fibroids?

Identifying symptoms and treatment options for uterine fibroids

Uterine fibroids, also called fibromyomas, leiomyomas or myomas, are benign growths of the uterus that often appear during your childbearing years. They can be asymptomatic and may also affect fertility. It is unclear what leads to the development of uterine fibroids, but hormones including estrogen, progesterone and insulin-like growth factor appear to promote their growth.

Possible symptoms of uterine fibroids include:

  • Heavy menstrual bleeding;
  • Prolonged menstrual bleeding;
  • Bleeding between menstrual periods;
  • Pelvic pain;
  • Difficulties with urination;
  • Infertility;
  • Recurrent miscarriages;
  • Anemia; or
  • Constipation.

Naturopathic treatment for Uterine Fibroids

The goals of treatment are to decrease pain, balance hormones to regulate bleeding, shrink existing fibroids and to prevent development of new fibroids.

Botanical medicine, nutrition and dietary modifications will be a main part of the individualized treatment plan to optimize hormone metabolism, and correct any deficiencies such as anemia due to the blood loss. Acupuncture may also be effective in pain reduction, regulating bleeding and reducing the size of the fibroids.

Dr. Lesley D’Souza, ND began her studies at the University of Toronto, obtaining a Bachelors of Science in Human Biology with a minor in psychology. She then received her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine at The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, Ontario which is an accredited four-year, intensive post-graduate naturopathic medical program. As part of her studies, Dr. Lesley completed a twelve-month internship at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic, the largest naturopathic clinic in North America. http://www.drlesleynd.com