Uterine Fibroids and Stress

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Uterine fibroids and stress do not sit well together. Indeed, controlling stress is one of the most crucial components for controlling fibroid symptoms and eliminating them altogether. Recent studies have shown a link between stress and the aggravation of the symptoms of fibroids and although stress does not directly cause fibroids to grow, it is believed that when combined with other factors, such as a poor diet or build up of liver toxins, it is a contributory factor.

Stress production can stimulate the body to produce a variety of biological responses, including the release of stress hormones, an increase in blood pressure, the contracting of muscles and an increase in blood sugar. Stress can slow down the healing ability of the immune system, which, in turn, slows down general healing.

The elevation of blood sugar can change the bacterial environment in the gut which can decrease the number of beneficial bacteria, causing yeast conditions to proliferate.

One of the problems with uterine fibroids and stress is not only that stress is believed to play a part in helping cause fibroids, but it is thought that if you are stressed, existing fibroid symptoms, such as cramping and pains can seem much worse. Also, stress can disrupt hormone levels, causing issues with the menstrual cycle meaning that periods can become irregular and heavier, causing estrogen levels to rise which can cause cells to multiply and cause fibroids.

Although stress in itself is not a direct and primary cause of fibroids, it may certainly be contributing to them and your symptoms. The link between uterine fibroids and stress is strong enough that it is recognised by many experts and it is therefore wise to take steps to control stress levels wherever possible using relaxation techniques-some of which can be very effective.