How Progesterone Affects Fibroids

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Imbalance of the hormones estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone can deeply affect women’s health. Each of these hormones has a direct relationship to the development of reproductive organs and cognitive functions, making it crucial to keep them in balance to ensure a productive and healthy life. Women who have experienced long-term imbalances may be at risk for many conditions including menstrual and perimenopausal difficulties as well as fibroids.

While the cause of uterine fibroid tumors is still unknown, there is a link between fibroids and estrogen production. For instance, fibroids can grow large during pregnancy when estrogen levels are high, and can begin to shrink during menopause, when estrogen levels are low. Although hormones work in tandem with one another, in cases where one is imbalanced such as when estrogen increases, progesterone can act as an inhibitor. This type of hormone therapy can help stop pain and the growth of fibroids.

According to the National Institutes of Health, when estrogen levels are too high, it can cause fibroid tumors to grow and when there is insufficient progesterone present, there are no proper signals to stop this growth. Not only does it curb the effect estrogen has on fibroids, which includes bleeding and pain, it can also, in some cases, inhibit the growth and shrink the size of fibroids.

However, while many studies have shown positive results with progesterone therapy, it is only meant to relieve pain and stop growth temporarily. When undergoing progesterone therapy, many women have shown side effects ranging from weight gain to insomnia and fatigue. Because of this, it is mainly recommended as a temporary solution prior to proper fibroid treatment.

Fibroid Treatment

If you are currently looking for a more effective fibroid treatment, progesterone therapy may not be enough. Not only can this therapy cause side effects, but fibroids may return once progesterone treatment has stopped. For a permanent, non-surgical solution to fibroids, embolization may be the answer. Embolization, like progesterone therapy, shrinks fibroids. However, this minimally invasive treatment ensures they will not regrow. To safely shrink fibroids rather than surgically remove them, learn about fibroid embolization by contacting The Fibroid Treatment Collective at (866)479-1523.

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