As Females with Fibroids, we all have similar, but different and unique journeys we course through as we seek out ways to improve the symptoms from these 'manifestations' (fibroids) that evolve and attach to our power source, the uterus.
My journey was similar, but different from the woman cited above, and I did the 'Watch and Wait' Method to shrink large fibroids - it worked for me by being proactive....take a look:
This picture was taken a few weeks after being diagnosed with Uterine Fibroids in 3/2011. Heavy menstrual flow, as well as an increasingly swelling abdomen is what led me to the Gynecologist's office. I was told to have a hysterectomy almost immediately (due to the size), but wasn't given any other options to consider. Before consenting to such a drastic procedure, I went home and did some intense research. The total mass measurement of my fibroids was 16cm, the size of a 4-month fetus.
This photo was taken in 10/2011 after deciding to explore the option of Acupuncture. My body was receptive to the therapy within the first two weeks, and I continued weekly sessions for 18+ months.
You can see that my belly is not as far over the elastic of my underwear. With the Acupuncture, results of decreasing the large fibroids were evident.
This photo was taken in 10/2013. By this time I was in the 18th month of having Acupuncture. It was convenient, affordable and effective for me. Results were very gradual, but you can notice the continued reduction of the fibroid mass.
This picture shows the results after almost 2.5 years (end of 2013 - beginning of 2014) of trying to shrink my fibroids. At the time of this picture, I had just recovered from a bad cold. For about a week, I consumed nothing but herbal teas, water and fruit juices. I added this photo because I noticed the fibroid mass beginning to get softer. Although I lost about 10-12 pounds, there was rapid reduction in size of the fibroid at this time.
This picture was taken on February 25, 2015. My fibroid masses have disappeared on the left side, and the one on the right (view of photo) has diminished from the navel area outward. However, the mass is still detectable by touch, although much smaller, and a little "pouch" is right at the top of the lip of the tights. I have also gained about 10 to 12 needed pounds (both fat and muscle) around the hips, thigh and buttocks area.
This picture was taken the day of this post, 4/2016. Shot from the right side to show a steadier decrease in the remaining mass on the right side, my lower abdomen is beginning to align with minimal protrusion. I also lost a bit of the weight that I had gained since the beginning of the year due to emotional pain and stress suffered after loss of my dear Mother on March 27, 2016. In spite of it, the fibroid mass continued it's gradual decrease. I continued to drink tons of water (many times with lemon), and only ate once a day. Within the last week have I jumped back to eating two complete and balanced meals during the day, while including mixed fruit or a tossed salad (with or without mixed nuts) in the late evenings.
This pic was taken this morning after working out. Over the last five months, I have amped up my workout routine to include yoga and using essential oils in aromatherapy (frankincense). In addition, to break up the remaining fibroid(s) that give me the little bulge in my lower abdomen, I have implemented using castor oil packs for 45 minutes before going to bed (three days on, three days off, begun on 9/11), and doing uterine massages in the morning before breakfast.
The results I've experienced show that over time, "the 'Watch and Wait' method for large fibroids does work. However, once more, I had to be proactive to see results. What my fellow Blogger may have missed with not getting results may include a few things:
1. She may not have sought out, researched or tried additional natural alternatives from Holistic/Naturopathic Professionals (as opposed to solely working from the advice of her Medical Doctor).
2. Due to her ever-increasing symptoms, pain and growth of her fibroids, she was open to an allopathic* means of getting rid of her fibroids.
3. 'Patience is a virtue' - her patience may have run out.
4. She (or her Doctor) were obviously not aware of the Oracle Protocol for Shrinking Fibroids©.
*Western Medicine - A system in which medical doctors and other healthcare professionals (such as nurses, pharmacists, and therapists) treat symptoms and diseases using drugs, radiation, or surgery. Also called allopathic medicine, biomedicine, conventional medicine, mainstream medicine, and orthodox medicine.
What I have learned while going through my Fibroid journey, is that there are many paths that one treads to get to the prize - shrinking, then eliminating the fibroids. Also, every woman has to find which paths work. Sometimes she has to change directions, go back to a path fore-travelled, and/or jump back and forth between two or more paths, simultaneously. Just as Doctors have difficulty figuring out why women get uterine fibroids in the first place, the strategies to heal them are just as difficult to determine. However, a hysterectomy is not the only option for uterine fibroids. If a Gynecologist tells you that, seek another opinion, and tell him/her to check out my proof!
There is no 'one size fits all' remedy that can be applied to all women. Unfortunately, if you want to heal yourself of uterine fibroids naturally, you may have to include several options over a period of time to see results. As my situation with fibroids only included initial discomfort (excessively heavy periods and distending abdomen), the lack of pain greatly influenced my decision to resort to natural alternatives instead of having a highly suggestive resolve offered by three different Gynecologists during a two-year period to have a hysterectomy. I just couldn't believe there was nothing I could do to rectify my uterine fibroids without having surgery. I'm so glad I followed my uterus!! It led me to figuring out how to listen to it, and give it what it needed. When we establish a relationship with our bodies/body parts, we become attuned to a certain vibrational level that puts our brains and bodies in sync with the principles of healing - it takes practice, and patience.
Although I have been on my Fibroid Shrinking Journey for about 5 years, I have had success without having a hysterectomy, or other invasive procedures. The strategy I used/use is what is known as the Oracle Protocol for Shrinking Fibroids©, which incorporates sound practices with diet, exercise, stress relief, spiritual nourishment, herbal/vitamin supplemental assistance, and maintaining a positive attitude. All of the aspects of the Oracle Protocol contribute to, and promote hormonal balance** (over time), which is the "golden" key to shrinking/dissolving uterine fibroids.
It is unfortunate that when a woman is doing Expectant Management for uterine fibroids, the course of (in)action is to just 'watch and wait', and do nothing else. Doctors don't offer any suggestions about what can be done during this time period that can help the situation. Women, in essence continue on their same life-style schedules with no alterations, and the fibroids may bring about worse symptoms, and/or an increase in size. The Oracle Protocol for Shrinking Fibroids© addresses healthy, natural strategies that can be implemented to bring about improvement. Personally, I believe it should be included as a complement to Expectant Management of fibroids, instead of just watching and waiting. The protocol promotes ACTION, based on what causes fibroid formation:
- Estrogen dominance
- Internal toxicity
- High Stress (physical, psychological, emotional)
- Hereditary factors
- Imbalanced diet
- Smoking/alcohol/drug use
- .....in addition to several other secondary factors
Re-phrase of title:
With the Oracle Protocol©, the 'Watch and Wait' method for large fibroids DOES work, as a result of ACTION.
I watched, I waited, and I ACTED to shrink my uterine fibroids.
!!!!!!!! P S: There are certainly times that surgery is needed for uterine fibroids. Please seek as much medical feedback about your diagnosis from a variety of Health Professionals before making a decision to have surgery. The latest consensus within the last 10+ years from many Doctors has been that thousands of hysterectomies performed yearly in the U. S. due to uterine fibroids are NOT needed - make sure yours is absolutely, unequivocally a necessity, depending on your symptoms, risks of a compromised uterus/Uterine Cancer, and current quality of life.
**Check out the outline/steps for the Oracle Protocol© here.