We have many women come to office asking if there is an association between what they eat and the symptoms related to their fibroids. The answer is absolutely!! Sadly, many of our foods are processed with the use of hormones to enhance growth. These hormones are directly absorbed into the body and become an additive to the already cycling hormones in your system. Any female disorder, Fibroids, Adenomyosis, Endometriosis and Ovarian cysts will respond to added estrogen. In order to reduce the side effects, limit your diet to all organically grown foods, and avoid caffeine, chocolate and soy products.
As previously posted, Adenomyosis is endometriosis in the uterine muscle or wall. This is a benign or non-cancerous disease that spreads monthly with hormones. As adeno spreads is damages the uterus effecting the contractility of the cells…..as a result, many women experience miscarriage during the late first into second trimester. This damage to the organ is permanent…infertility is very common with adenomyosis, especially in advanced stages. Although treatment can retard the spread of the disease, fertility cannot be returned.
Soy products, like soybeans, soy milk, soy cheese, tofu, are all excellent sources of healthy plant protein. It is often recommended for women experiencing menopausal symptoms like hot flashes, mood swings, dry vagina to consume soy to mitigate the symptoms. This is because soy imitates the hormone estrogen at the cellular receptor sites. The body feels better as it thinks its receiving an estrogen supply. Consequently, if you have any disease that is hormone dependent like endometriosis, adenomyosis, fibroid tumors….these conditions can get worse as soy is consumed. We recommend women avoid soy products if they have been diagnosed with any of the above diseases.
This is a blood test often used for diagnosing ovarian cancer. However, because it is a “tumor marker” it can detect other abnormal tumor cells in the body. False positive results are common. We routinely see abnormal elevations when patients are diagnosed with Fibroid tumors, adenomyosis and endometriosis. If you get a result outside the normal range, this does not mean you have cancer…ask your Doctor about the outcome of other diagnostic tests performed.
Traditional medicine has routinely rcommended removal of the uterus, hysterectomy, for uterine and ovarian malignancy, however physicians also advocate hysterectomy for benign diseases like fibroids, adenomyosis, and endometriosis. Recent studies (LA Times article, published August 10, 2009 entitled “Staying Fertile after Cancer”) on Stage 1 ovarian cancer patients have found that preserving the uterus and unaffected ovary have the same 5 year survival rates as removing all organs. If medicine is changing to reduce hysterectomies for certain cancers, lets hope they will eventually see the need to prevent hysterectomy for benign diseases as well.