Q. I do not want to take OCP for uterine fibroids. Please help.

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Dr. Alka
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This is a premium question & answer published on Jul 19, 2017

Hello doctor,

I am a 49 year old woman, and for about a year now, I have been menstruating excessively. I have uterine fibroids, so my gynecologist suggested that I take birth control pill, which I do not prefer. I have not missed any periods yet. I have a few normal ones, and then I get very tired, get a headache and then bleed excessively for a long time. This time it has been three weeks so far. The longest time has been three months of bleeding.



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As your gynecologist must have explained that uterine fibroids are benign smooth muscle tumors of the uterus, usually found in childbearing age. Small fibroids usually do not have any symptom and do not require any treatment, but as you have excessive bleeding and other symptoms, you need treatment.

After menopause, they usually decrease in size. Fibroids usually do not have any proper cause, but there are some risk factors which may produce fibroids in a lady like obesity, smoking, parity, low thyroid level, low physical activity, excessive consumption of red meat, etc.

Fibroids are usually dependent on female hormones estrogen and progesterone, which may contribute to control further bleeding and cramps.

Along with contraceptive pills, other symptomatic treatments are given in fibroids like painkillers, Iron supplements, etc. Surgery is required in cases where fibroids keep on increasing, despite all management.

But, if you are not willing to take medicines, you can go for ayurvedic management for fibroids which are also very effective if taken properly.

First of all, if you are overweight then try to reduce your weight with the help of yoga, exercise, walk, etc. You can take help of a professional trainer to learn some exercises. If you want to practice yoga on your own, then do practice these yoga postures as they will help you a lot in your problem.

  1. Supta virasana or reclining hero pose.
  2. Supta baddha konasana or reclining bound angle pose.
  3. Salamba setu bandha sarvangasana or supported bridge pose.

If you have a thyroid problem, then do take proper medication for it, as it will also help in relieving your problem.

Due to excessive bleeding, your body might be iron deficient. So, along with iron supplementation take foods which are rich in iron, like green leafy vegetables, fruits like apple, peach, banana, prune, raisins, etc.

Take one glass of warm milk and add a teaspoon of turmeric and coriander powder, mix well and take two times a day. Turmeric is very helpful for fibroid treatment.

Include kidney beans and black eyed beans in your daily diet, as they help reduce the estrogen levels. If you eat fish, then you can take once or twice a week, fishes like salmon and tuna have some anti-inflammatory properties and help counter fibroids.

Avoid junk food, excessive caffeinated drinks like tea, coffee, cold drinks, and red meat, smoking and alcohol.

You can take following ayurvedic medicines which are very effective in uterine fibroids. Consult your specialist doctor, discuss with him or her and start taking medicines after their consent.

  1. Tablet Kanchnar Guggul, two tablets twice a day after food with lukewarm water for four weeks. Do not swallow these tablets, firstly chew them and then take them with water. These tablets will help you in controlling the size of fibroids and will stop their further growth.
  2. Take aloe vera juice 15 ml, twice a day with water for four weeks, it will help you in maintaining general uterine health.
  3. Syrup Ashokarishta 15 ml, twice a day with an equal amount of water for four weeks. It will help in controlling excessive bleeding and other symptoms like pain in the abdomen.
  4. Pradrantak churna, one teaspoon with lukewarm water twice a day for four weeks. This ayurvedic preparation helps in controlling bleeding, pain and other symptoms of the fibroid.
  5. If you have excessive abdominal pain, then you can take tablet Chandraprabha Vati, two tablets twice a day for two to four weeks.

Follow all the above dietary and lifestyle changes and take all the medicines regularly and you will soon feel positive results. Consult after one month regarding the results.

Revert after a month to an ayurveda specialist online -->

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