Genetic Predisposed. There is probably a large genetic component and they are working on gene therapy, but that is a way off. Fibroid "food" is estrogen, so often unopposed estrogen can make it grow. Stay away from soy products or other phytoestrogens. I've heard that lysine (used for varicose veins) may help. Also, acupuncture may help. Fibroids usually create bleeding or pain depending on where their location is.
Hormone balance. Fibroids are a result of high estrogen levels. High estrogen can be caused by excessive carbohydrate intake (via competetive inhibition of glucoronidase enzyme) therefore a low carb diet is beneficial to reduce estrogen and help shrink fibroids. You may also have low iodine, thyroid problems, low progesterone. All of these things should be evaluated. All phytoestrogens should be avoided.
You can't. You either are or are not genetically programmed to get them.
Uterine fibroids. Are the most common benign tumors in women, 40% of white women and 60% of African-American women, over the age of 35 have fibroids. The cause is not known. The strongest risk factor is heredity. Other risk factors include early age of onset of menstruation, diet high in red meats and low in fruits and vegetables, and drinking alcohol. Preventing uterine fibroids is probably not possible.
Unknown and no. It is unknown as to why some individuals acquire uterine fibroids, but they been known to occur more frequently in African and Hispanic Americans, They also tend to occur genetically to female family members from both the paternal and maternal sides. No, there isn't a way to have prevented the fibroids even thought they tend to be estrogen dependent.
Are there ways to prevent tumors and fibroids in the uterus? My mother has them, and we are worried that I will get them too.
No. You cannot "stop" them, but be examined for them and they can be medically or surgically treated.
Yes. Pelvic exam and ultrasound are the best ways to determine if you have fibroids. Some fibroids are asymptomatic and are usually found when an ultrasound is performed for other reasons (ie, pregnancy). Unless you are experiencing any symptoms from fibroids, such as heavy bleeding or pelvic pain, there is no benefit to screen for fibroids alone.
See below. Either by a pelvic exam or by an ultrasound are the most reliable methods.
Hysterectomy. Uterine fibroids are frequently treated with a hysterectomy. Other treatments are Uterine Artery Embolization; Focused ultrasound; myomectomy; and in selected cases, Hysteroscopic resection of fibroids. Best wishes!
Yes. Fibroids can cause pain, especially as they grow. They can also cause bleeding and cramping.
Yes. Most fibroids do not cause any symptoms. However, as they grow they can be responsible for increased bleeding and pain. Pain may be only during menses or all the time or only with activities such as sex.