Updated: Mar 19, 2019
Fibroids prevalence is very common for over 35 year old women. Studies shows that the incidence rate is more than 40%. Moreover, only 20% of the fibroids suffers are aged under 35, and that ages between 35 to 45 have seen the highest frequency.
Most women with uterine fibroids have no symptoms. However, fibroids can cause a number of symptoms depending on its size, location within the uterus, and how close they are to adjacent pelvic organs.
Abnormal uterine bleeding and pain is the most common symptom of a fibroid, and other symptoms include:
Pelvic cramping or pain with periods and abnormal uterine bleeding between periods
Heavy or prolonged periods (menorrhagia)
Abdominal discomfort or bloating
Constipation or painful defecation
Increased urinary frequency or retention
Pain during intercourse
While fibroids do not interfere with ovulation, some studies suggest that they may impair fertility and could lead to adverse pregnancy outcomes. In particular, submucosal fibroids (fibroids growth underneath the uterine lining) that deforms the inner uterine cavity are most strongly associated with decline in fertility. Occasionally, fibroids can be the cause of recurrent miscarriages. Hence, the sufferer may not be able to sustain the pregnancy if it was not removed. Only 10-20% of fibroid cases require surgery, as there is always a risk of complications and regrowth after the surgery.
Chinese Medicine and Fibroids
With Chinese Medicine treatment, significant improvements have been witnessed regarding pain and bleeding within 1 week. Furthermore, fibroids up to size of 2-3cm diameters can be successfully treated to reduce the size to a more comfortable level, if not, in some cases, eliminate them entirely. Larger myomas are usually treated with surgery, though pre-treatment with Chinese herbs and needling can help to reduce the complications of surgery.
This disease is principally related to the liver and spleen. The stagnation of the qi and the blood and phlegm retention play a major role in the pathogenesis of abdominal masses.
The three basic causes are:
1. Mental Depression and Qi and Blood Stagnation.
2. Improper Diet and Production of Turbid Phlegm.
3. Attack by and Retention of Pathogenic Factors- cold, dampness, heat, or toxins
When women develop turbid phlegm, Qi and Blood stagnation/stasis, it makes slow blood and fluid flow. Overtime the blockage build-up which could then cause changes of endometrium of uterus. Even after surgery, there could be a high chance that fibroids could regrow if the turbid phlegm, Qi and Blood blockage is not treated.
The treatment usually requires a combination of acupunctur