Uterine fibroids are benign tumors that are found in the female reproductive organs. They tend to be the most common cause of abnormal growths in female reproductive organs. Fibroids depend on estrogen for their growth and tend to diminish during the onset of menopause. There can be one fibroid or multiple fibroids, and they can range in size. Many women have had a fibroid or fiboriods in the reproductive years, but don’t know due to the small size and absent symptoms. Fibroids can impair or prevent conception or implantation if they are blocking the pathway to the uterus and fallopian tubes.
When fibroids are substantial in size they can cause the following symptoms:
- heavy prolonged bleeding during periods
- prolonged periods
- bleeding in between periods
- menstrual pain
- back pain and pain during intercourse
- iron deficiency and anemia due to heavy bleeding
Doctors diagnose fibroids through pelvic exams, vaginal ultrasounds, MRI’s, and occasionally through biopsy. Western treatment for fibroids consists of drug therapy (such as Lupron) and or surgical removal of the fibroid.
Chinese Medicine and Fibroids
Acupuncture combined with Chinese herbal medicine can provide and noninvasive and gentle coarse of treatment to help shrink the fibroid/s. This can help to increase the likelihood of successful movement of the embryo into the uterus and increase the likely hood of implantation and pregnancy.
Research on Fibroids and acupuncture
One Chinese study used TCM to treat 223 cases of uterine fibroids. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine were both utilized. All patients were symptomatic with heavy bleeding etc. Following a coarse of treatment, most patients symptoms decreased and the fibroids were diminished or had dissipated in 72% of patients.
Acupuncturist & Chinese Herbalist
Shannon attended the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine where she earned a Master’s of Science in Oriental Medicine and Bachelors in Nutrition. She is nationally board certified acupuncturist through NCCAOM and is a state certified acupuncturist. Shannon is deeply dedicated to helping couples facing fertility challenges to achieve and maintain pregnancy. She has witnessed the profound effect acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can have on regulating the bodies functions from a hormonal, emotional, and physical standpoint. It is with great joy and presence that Shannon works with women and couples through their own unique journey with fertility.