A Uterine Polyp is an overgrowth of endometrial tissue or uterine lining. Polyps may arise when this lining grows in excess. They can be oval or round and can occur in the uterus or cervix.
Uterine polyps are composed of endometrial tissue, whereas uterine fibroids consist of muscle.
Hormonal factors, with oestrogen sensitivity. Uterine polyps will grow when stimulated by oestrogen as does the endometrium cyclically.
Symptoms of Uterine Polyps
- Irregular Periods (oligomenorrhoea)
- Unusually Heavy Menstrual Flow (menorrhagia)
- Vaginal Bleeding or Spotting in between periods (metrorrhagia)
- Fertility Challenges
Uterine polyps can be diagnosed via transvaginal ultrasound, sonohysterography, hysteroscopy, endometrial biopsy and curettage. Regular gynaecological check-ups are important to monitor them. Risk factors include obesity, tamoxifen (breast cancer drug), and high blood pressure.
Supporting Your Body To Reduce Uterine Polyps
1. Reduce Exposure to Xenohormones – Exposure to environmental toxins can increase xenoestrogen levels in your body and promote the polyps to grow. Xenoestrogens are a subclass of endocrine (hormonal) interruptors. Eating cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, cabbage and kale can support excess oestrogen clearance.
2. Increase Fibre – Fibre supports your body to remove excess oestrogen naturally.
3. Chinese Herbs – Chinese Herbs for Uterine Polyps move blood, qi, resolve dampness and warm the kidney yang. Make a cup of hot water with a teaspoon of ground clove a day (drink when it has cooled a little), is excellent for your kidney yang energy.
4. Eat Clean – Avoid damp/phlegm producing foods that are greasy, spicy or too sweet, and enjoy fresh vegetable, fruits and grains (gluten-free type grains such as millet, quinoa, brown/white rice & buckwheat).
5. Angelica & Red Dates – increases circulation to bring fresh, new blood to the area and remove excessive tissue growth, it is healing and can reduce the tissue being scarred or damaged. Good circulation is vital for uterine health.
6. Drink a Pot of your own Fertility Tea everyday – you can make a herbal tea with equal parts of Pau D’Arco, Goldenseal Root, Dandelion Root, Fresh Ginger Root, Raspberry Leaf & Nettle Tea. These work synergistically to reduce inflammation in the uterus, cleanse, nourish and improve circulation.
7. Castor Oil Packs & Uterine Massage – Massaging your lower abdomen and then placing a castor oil pack on the area for 15-30 minutes. This is best done every second day from after your period to ovulation (if you are actively trying to conceive). Otherwise every second day in your cycle but not when you are menstruating.
8. Vitex Agnus Castus – taken daily throughout your menstrual cycle at a moderate dose can balance progesterone levels. Not to be taken during the period.
Ilana Sowter Acupuncture Melbourne, @Ivanhoe