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Stop feeding your fibroids!

The days following my myomectomy in 2009 where doctors removed 8 fibroids the size of a 4 month old fetus from my uterus, I put a sign on my refrigerator that said:  STOP FEEDING YOUR FIBROIDS!  It was my daily reminder to stop feeding my body food that was making me sick.

Training myself to stop eating bad foods is something I struggle with even today.  The difference is that now I know how good quality food makes me feel vs food that has zero nutritional quality.  Even when I think I am cheating, my body lets me know I am not fooling anyone but the little voice in my head that told me it was okay to eat those things.  My body feels the effects the next morning when I am quietly cussing at the sun for rising too soon.

I wanted to share with you some of items I have crossed off my list of foods women with fibroids should avoid for improved health and well-being.


I am not a vegan or vegetarian; I just enjoy a diet full of raw fruits, vegetables, and grains.  I actually think meat is acceptable in EXTREMELY LIMITED QUANTITIES — meaning meat does not need to be present in every meal of your life.  Where your meat comes from makes a huge difference.  The meat most of us buy in conventional grocery stores or in fast food restaurants is filled with a number of natural and synthetic growth hormones.  These hormones produce heavier flesh, making a bigger profit for food production corporations.  However when we eat the meat, we also ingest those same growth hormones, which can cause extreme weight gain, hormone imbalance, problems with the reproductive system, cancers, and other diseases.  The growth hormones can also cause fibroids to quickly grow larger.  So unless you are raising cows and chickens in your backyard and you are able to give them organic feed, you can never really be sure that the meat is produced without hormones.


If you read some websites, some health professionals will tell you that lack of dairy in the black woman’s diet is part of what causes fibroids.  Many people of color are lactose intolerant and tend to stay away from dairy products.  As a result many of us have a vitamin D deficiency — which some believe has a direct link to the growth of fibroids.  However, gorging your body with cow’s milk is not the answer to the fibroid problem.  To put it plainly, dairy products have no nutritional use for the human body.  A woman’s body produces milk for her babies so that their organs will grow and function at their optimum level, the immune system will get stronger, the bones, nervous system, and connective tissue will develop at a normal rate.  These vital functions need the nutritional support of mother’s milk in the first 5 years of life.  This time period represents the greatest amount of growth the human body will experience during a normal life span.

Cow’s milk is produced for similar reasons as human milk is produced — to support the nutritional needs of their young.  However, there is a major difference between a calf and a human baby:  the calf weighs about 70 to 100 pounds at birth compared to human babies weighing in at 8 to 10 pounds.  The calf drinks it’s mother’s milk so that it can grow to about 500 pounds in its first few months of life!  Unless you want a 70 pound toddler running around (and that may not be so far off if we keep feeding our children the way we do…), it clearly is not necessary to give a human child cow’s milk.  I DO, however, believe there is a connection between vitamin D and fibroids — we just don’t need milk to get it.  I will expound upon this topic further in this blog series.


Tofu, or soy products, are a popular meat replacement in many vegetarian items at the grocery store and restaurants.  When I first began eating more vegan options, I turned towards tofu to recreate the meaty texture and that “full” feeling I was seeking in my meals.  Since I have been experimenting with other foods, I now avoid tofu as much as possible.  Why?  Soy contains loads of estrogen — a hormone that feeds uterine fibroids.  Since learning that piece of information, I have replaced tofu with fresh mushrooms.  I no longer buy soy milk and instead choose to make my own almond milk — a very easy, tasty, and protein filled drink that is much healthier for you.


Before my surgery, I had horrible menstrual cycles where every Thursday I could count on bleeding through my clothes.  I would rush to get home by 6pm because that was usually around the time when it would happen.  That way I could at least bleed in privacy of my own home.  The heavy bleeding zapped all my energy, making me disinterested in cooking my own food or many other things I normally enjoyed.  During these low energy days and weeks, I would reach for a cheeseburger as my body was looking for beef to rebuild my iron supply.  It seemed to work for the first few months, but then I noticed that my bleeding got worse when eating the processed burger meat.  While I have no proof of my findings outside of my own logical guesses, I think it was the preservatives and hormones (and who knows what else is in there…) in the meat that made my bleeding worse.  So now I strongly believe it is best to avoid any fast food in any form as most places utilize very poor quality meat overloaded with hormones that have no business being in food in the first place.

Halona Black, M.Ed., is a Writer, Personal Chef, and Health Coach.  She offers food and health workshops for those who want to learn how to eat and live a happier life.  If you would like to book her for your event, email

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62 Responses to 4 Foods Women with Fibroids Should Avoid

  1. […] More info on why women of colour, who are naturally 2-3 times more prone to fibroids, shouldn’t consume dairy HERE […]

    • nicole says:

      thank u for writing this…im waiting to have my uterine fibroid removed..and next year the others…i cry sometimes of the way the fibtoids make me look.. .thank god for progesterine pills..i want to find a doctor for the others that wont cut me open…

    • Geraldine Staples says:


      Please tell me, how do you make your almond milk?

      Thank you for sharing.

    • Nadine says:

      Unless you grow your own vegetables a lot of vegetables are sprayed with pesticides that can cause fibroids to grow as well. The soy and tofu found in Asia for example in China and Japan is a much purer form and can actually help in reducing fibroids. I live in China, I find that the rice vinegar and soy sauce here actually helps me to feel better I have a large fibroid and some smaller ones. Eating a plant based diet with soy bean which I shell from pods and cook is actually very good.Garlic, ginger and turmeric have helped me a lot. I think not all people can subscribe to the American view of food and diet. Indian vegetarian diet is also good and not hard to get used to. Having a lot more green natural juice is also beneficial but diet without exercise is not enough. So women should try walking, jogging or other light exercises.

  2. chennupati praveena sri says:

    yeah experiencing a fibroid , at the age of 36 is painful, as it leads to excessive bleeding and leads to extreme fatigue.

    good diagonsis, at very early stage- mm size will provide good results as cited in good medical articles.

    be optimistic

    • Raya says:

      I wasn’t aware of my fibroids until I became pregnant with my daughter 10 years ago. One of them grew so large and angry it caused me to go into labor at 15 weeks. Subsequently, I was put on bed rest for the remaining months of my pregnancy. Since giving birth I have experienced heavy, two-week long periods for years. Recently it was so bad I considered having a surgical procedure to shrink the pesky passengers.

      That was then.

      Now, since moving to Japan (3 months ago), all my fibroid symptoms have disappeared. My menstrual period is down to one week, and it’s MUCH lighter in volume. Even the cramps are less severe. Clearly it has something to do with the lack of growth hormones in the meat and dairy here. Those xenoestrogens they pump into the cattle in the U.S. are illegal in Japan. When I think of all the times I discussed this problem with my OB/GYN…I was never once told to consider eliminating or reducing my consumption of meat and dairy, or any natural remedy for that matter. I was only given surgical options.

      So, Tokyo is alright with me, for this reason and many more besides. Now if there were only more black men to date around here I would be all set 🙂

      • Thanks so much for your comment! I had no idea that the growth hormones were illegal in Japan. People in the US have told me that they have gotten rid of meat in their diets however they still have heavy periods. However our food in the US is so genetically modified and full of processed ingredients that we no longer know what is real food and what is not. There are so many other items that vegans who are not educated in what to eat consume on a regular basis that are filled with xenoestrogens.

        Would you mind telling me what it is that you eat on a regular basis? Are you eating soy? I used to think that soy was a problem. But now I think organic, whole soy in a limited amount helps your body.


          • Definitely, if you can follow the expert advice you will surely get rid of your fibroid irrespective of your age. You can equally contact me for our Herbal Medicinal Products for fibroid without surgery.

          • Debra says:

            Hi there, fasting, especially water fasting will dramatically reduce the size of fibroids. google it have a read. Black strap mollasses will help with heavy periods. Hope this helps

        • Madam, your are indeed a blessing to every woman. I took time reading your resent post on food to avoid by fibroid women. It is actually what am searching for and the right messages was presented through your write up. Kudos to you madam. I have three product I’ve been using to solve fibroid problems and women were amazed for the wonderful result. No matter how big the fibroid it will surely disappear with the help of our Chines herbal medicine. I love your blog because it really helps in expert advice of what to avoid during treatment with our products. Thanks madam and kudos to you.

          • LindaKathryn Stone-Cueva says:

            Yusuff, I would like to know more about the products. I have fibroids that I was unaware of until I became pregnant with my first child. Unfortunately, I went into premature labor at 5 months and our daughter didn’t make it. I have only been given surgical options.

  3. Raya says:

    Wow it’s so great to see a reply to my reply. What a rarity! It’s nearly midnight in Tokyo and I’m off to bed just now, but I will be back to discuss my diet as per your request. I just wonder about the avatar (not me) which appears with my comment. Can you remove that? She’s a lovely lady and all, but it’s a little strange seeing her next to my name.

  4. Angela says:

    I have been told that women with fibroids will find soy products beneficial because the phyto oestrogens in the soy have a beneficial effect (unlike other forms of oestrogen). Phyto oestrogens have a modulating effect on our body’s oestrogen, raising levels if they are too low and conversely lowering them when there are signs of ‘oestrogen dominance’.
    This advice seems to conflict your own advice and I was just wondering if the scientific research in this area is perhaps contradictory? Should I be adding soy to my diet, am confused.
    Thanks in advance!

    • Hi Angela! I would eliminate it from your diet in the processed forms most Americans get their soy in. That would be blocks of tofu, tofu noodles, soy milk, soy lecithin, etc. However there are good sources of soy your body can digest properly like miso, tempeh, or a quality soy sauce — in small amounts. What has made many of us ill is the processed forms that overload our liver with excess estrogen. Its in practically every processed food on the planet.

      But you are correct! My blog needs to be updated with this new information. Thank you for commenting!

    • UmmTaaha says:

      I agree. Have read myself that phytosterols are helpful for human health. They lower the metabolism of our natural steroids – which lie at the core of our reproductive hormones (progesterone, esterogen, testosterone amongst others) the levels of which cause fibroid growth.
      Infact soy products are beneficial against prostrate, colon and breast cancers. Also help in osteoporosis and other bone problems.

  5. Bre says:

    Thank you all so much !!! I was very young when I discovered I had fibroids,they got so bad my iron got dangerously low and I was forced to quit my job, because I would faint. I was in and out of the ER tellin them something was wrong for 9 months before I one time before they were gonna send me home I collapsed then they kept me and I had a blood transfusion the next morning and surgery to fallow after many surgeries and transfusion actually and I was un able to work for 4 years the doctors put me on marina and told me in a few months I could finally get back to work my body rejected the marina and I’ve been told my fibroids come back and will have to be removed and will need another blood transfusion I am so done with all this it’s been 5 years and the doctors say we’re running out of options they have asked me to think about taking out my uterus but I’m only just turned 29 and don’t have kids yet!
    I read this and it gave me hope !!!! Thank you thank you thank you isn’t enough

    • DJ says:

      Hi Bri,
      I just had my second myomectomy in two years, because the first surgery all fibroids were not removed. I hope you are seeing a specialist that can handle your case.I made the mistake the first time utilizing a regular surgeon. Please do your research on your provider. I had the surgery for fertility reasons only. Hopefully we
      will be successful with starting our family I’m 38 time is ticking! Black mollaseses and applecider vinegar helps, my fibroids did shrink and my iron levels were normal.good luck

    • Pamela says:

      Have you doctor tried Lupron Depot injections? Please explore other options before having the surgery. It’s important to see someone who specialize in the treatment of fibroids. Check out Duke University OB/GYN website.

    • Leith says:

      OMG! I am greatful i found this site, I have been battling fibroids for about 10yrs now, i was on contraceptives the whole time pretty much, in 2011 i had mirena inserted, this yr in Feb 2013 it came out on its own, i hemorraghed that week, been in and out of hospital since then, I have received 15units of blood…yes 15! , i begged and pleaded with docs to remove the uterus they refused stating i am still young and no kids…. am 33! they convinced me to put another mirena since the last one stayed 2yrs, i had it inserted in august, i went to my 2 month ultrasound check up yesterday and they cant find it again, meaning it came out again, I have been bleeding since february, the blood is so much i have to wear a diaper and a pad!(at my age!)this disease takes ur whole life and am just tired…..but i had never heard of this dietery change, and all the wrong things is what i had been eating…..u have given me hope again, off to the farmers market i am!!!

  6. Anissa says:

    Hello all, the information and posts on this site have been very enlightening! I am 41 but have had issues with fibroids since my twenties(but didn’t realize that’s wahat it was then). I am fed up with how I feel and the drowning every month is ridiculous…so with my last cycle in January I decided I’ve had enough and absolutely have to do something…My question is how do you make the transition from the way we typically eat to eating right? I already try to do Organic and natural foods. My issue is finding variety and finding foods that taste good and preparing food that taste good that my family will enjoy.

  7. Helen Ayler says:

    This is the best and truthful webpage I have seen. You are right on point. My daughter just is now experiencing this beast,, and I had to send this to her. I went through this many years ago and took the same steps plus an herbal called redroot. That info about mushrooms,right on, just be safe with that also. Would buy your book. Broke right now,, but thank you so much for sharing the real truth and God Bless much success.

  8. chloeb says:

    Very nice blog, I’m actually writing a research paper about it, I’m a graduate student studying environmental health. The correlation between black women and fibroids, which has already been established by many researchers is highly disproportionate. Specifically I’m writing on what role the environment plays in terms of why 8 out of 10 African American women have fibroids. I actually suffered from fibroids at one point but to God be the glory I no longer do. Keep writing you have very good information! God Bless!

  9. LondonUk says:

    I am 26 and 14 weeks pregnant, just found out i have 1 fibroid i have been searching everywhere for natural substance to elimate or shrink it as i dont believe in taking pharmacuetical products. I found a web page called botanicalhealth they have a a cleansing kit and one to use while pregnant with good reviews i am going to order the alkagreen product and see how it goes. The midwife did say its nothing to worry about but they will keep an eye on it, i think it was fairly small but i dont want it to grow any bigger, i stopped eating meat a year ago and rarely eat much dairy.. Also look up dr laila afrika i hve his book and for all black people out there i recommend this..

    • evesaida says:

      i found out i have one fibriod 1 month agoi am 26 years and am so confused on whether to do the surgery or not all i know is that something has to change

    • leftie says:

      hello there,im so happy to come across your comment.About a yr ago I discovered the botanical health website.looked very very promising,i have hope.Today I went to get my laparoscopic myomectomy and now looking for more healthier products to keep them from growing back and stabilize my condition. I would like to know if the botanical health products worked well for you..THANK U SO MUCH AND LOOKING FORWARD TO YOUR REPLY..

  10. mercedes says:

    Hi, i was told that i cant get pregnant till i remove my fibriods. i was scheduled for a myomectomy in november and i chicken out after i heard the recovery was so brutal. Then i got my hold of my self and rescheduled the surgery. 5 days before the surgery my doctor called and said he broke his thumb. So we rescheduled it for february. On valentines day, 4 days before my surgery i found out i was pregnant.
    Now i’m 13 weeks pregnant and my fibriods are not only growing faster than the baby but the pain is killing me.
    Alot of women have baby’s with fibriods, but sheeeze the pain is so bad. I’m so blessed to be pregnant, but i’m constantly in pain and fear these days.
    The doctor says they will stop growing by the 25th week, but i cant take this pain, its like im giving birth already. Has anyone been through this? i’ve done all the testing to see if it its a blatter infection or something else than the fibriods thats causing me this pain. The pain is around my pelvis, back, above my pubic bone and runs down my legs to my knees. i’m taking tylenol, which i’m not happy about. It helps a bit, but i’m thinking that i got to shrink puppy’s myself.
    Any word from the wise out there??

    • Nathalie says:

      Hi Mercedes, I hope you’re feeling better now. I’ve had at least one external (outside right ovary) fibroid since age 33, had my first child at 40 with no problems conceiving and little discomfort with pregnancy. I also felt awful taking relatively tons of Tylenol during the entire 2nd trimester because of an infected wisdom tooth that took that long to diagnose (pain was in and above the ear). No consequences that I know of: my little 3.5 yr old is amazing and super bright – not that I’m biased lol. I hope the pain stays away for good, and if it doesn’t, you’re likely going to enjoy holding your baby in your arms very soon. Wishing you all the best.

    • Cynthia says:

      I had never experienced this until January when my doctor told me i have fibroids the pain is persistent but i would say you are lucky since you are pregmant for me im just 22 and single with no kids. Im using ponstan forte it helps relieve the pain.

  11. Nerna c says:

    I’m 34, no kids yet and had a myomectomy which I regret having. My gynecologist only had two options surgery to remove fibroids or a hysterectomy! I should’ve done some research and now I’m hopeless at ever having any children. I will try to naturally stop these fibroids and hope for a miracle.

    • Summer says:

      I was given the same option and didn’t take it. I went in search for natural cures and changed my diet. But 2 years later, its doubled in size. My doctor said its the size of a grapefruit. Now I cannot find a doctor who doesn’t recommend hysterectomy.

  12. holly says:

    I am 30. I have a 5yo daughter, my blessing. I didn’t find out I had a fibroid until I was pregnant with her. I just recently started seeing a chiropractor for lower back and shoulder and neck pain. (i highly reccomend you see a chiropractor as well w/ your treatment, it has been working for the pain!) Anyway, I saw my initial xrays and broke down crying. I wish my mother had given me better direction instead of saying ‘that’s just how it’s going to be’ and i wish I would have known to do my own research and taken control of my health THEN. It’s kind of depressing, but I am GOING to follow through and take control of my health. I am starting the castor oil packs today, started the apple cider vinager (2 teaspoons in my a.m. bottle of water, and WOOOO be near a potty lol). I am also going to take charge of my daughter’s health and ensure she doesn’t have to go through what I did/am currently dealing with. I’ve seen some things that say no soy, and some that say soy is good. I’m totally confused? Same with dairy, and I did read the study about black women consuming less dairy. i love cheese, so i think i’m ok there lol I actually have cut back. But i love soy beans (edamame). I can’t find any site that says “i tried this and it worked to shrink my fibroids.” My two cents also would be to ‘will’ yourself into healing. Sorry for rambling 🙂 But my main question is to soy, or not to soy? thanks 🙂

    • Hi Holly! Thanks for responding to my post! I am so glad you are taking control of your health and passing that on to your daughter. This whole fibroids thing can end with us if we want it to.

      About soy –I avoid it in its unfermented form, which includes edamame (sorry…), tofu, and most processed foods. Fermented soy like soy sauce, tempeh, and miso are okay because it is much more digestible in this form. The estrogen in the soy clogs your liver and can cause growth in your fibroids. However, soy should not make up a bulk of your diet — it is to be used as a condiment.

      However, I cannot stress enough that there are also emotional ties to the growth of fibroids that women never address. High amounts of stress, living an unfulfilled life, hanging on to old anger, feelings of past trauma all sit in your womb and cause problems like fibroids. Simply taking away or adding certain foods to your diet is only a small piece of the puzzle. If you go to the right hand side of my blog and click on categories, then fibroids, you will get a list of all the posts that mention fibroids. I also talk about food and emotional wellness in my e-book, Loving My Fibroids Away: A 10-Day Detox Plan at

  13. aan says:

    I am 43 with two daughters of 24 and 20 years old. I experienced 3 times myomectomy. The last surgery was 7 April 2013. Previously in 1998 and 2004.

    In can say that those surgeries was triggered by heavy stress (family and office). The fibroids were there for years. It was found when i was carrying my little daughter. Painful during pregnancy? Yes. After gave birth I still tortured the same pains for days. There’s no action needed to be taken until it growth very fast up to 13cm diameter and causing constipacy then I must got them removed. The rapid growth of my fibroids always caused by heavy stress, mostly related with the closest persons, in my case ex husband, husband and boss.
    So stay away from any conflict. Be happy with things around you. Avoid anything that potential to create conflict. Take it easy on everything. Do not complain. Enjoy life. Thank God for everything you got.
    Being happy is the only choice for women with fibroids. I share with you, and at the same time I also remind myself to do so. When menopause came, we will fibroids free.. meanwhile.. don’t pull any trigger to make your womb face to face with a doctor’s knife.

    In addition I found that living with fibroids makes me enjoy my sexlife very much more than any other woman without. I don’t know whether it is scientificly proven or not, but having chat with my best friends I found myself having ten times pleasure in bed… so let’s enjoy life with fibroids until estrogen dissapeared from our body, just control it to avoid it grows too fast or too big.
    Ensure that you are surrounded by people who loves you.

    • Christy says:

      Am 29 and i diagnosed my fibroid last yr.(9cm). I believe it has grown bigger,cs i can feel it wen i touch my right pelvic hard. So confuse. Am an applicant and so scare of the surgery fee. What do i do? The pain increases evry 28 days.

  14. elaine says:

    Hi,wonderful site….
    Have been wondering for weeks and months if fibroids and onset of meno are causing pregnancy like symptoms. Have had two myectomies and the broids werent a problem until they started growing like crazy 6 months ago. All preg tests are negative but symptoms persist and now there is kicking and movement. Am going to a doc in two weeks but wondered if the broids cam simulate fetal activity…never been pregnant and would love to be…thanks again fot the service you provide…God bless.

  15. Miesha says:

    Hi! Thanks for this post. I just got out of the ER last night because of fibroids. It’s funny that I’ve been going to the doctor a few years and getting pinged because my blood was so low. They ran so many tests to figure out why but to no avail. I keep getting placed on iron supplements. Finally, after having another painful menstrual cycle and nausea, they scanned me and found I had a lot of medium sized fibroids. I was given pain meds and told to see a doctor that could treat them. Now, I’m doing research on my own to figure out how to get rid of these fibroids naturally and prevent them from coming back.

    I’m so tired of being fatigued right before and during my menstrual cycle and being unable to work or move for the first few days it starts. Like other women here, I’m only 30 and have not had any children yet. There has to be a way to beat this. Thanks everyone for your responses.

  16. johanna shai says:

    in 2010 after a diagnose from my gynacologist i was told i had fabroid, so been scared to go to surgery, i went on without it , upon 2011 december i found out i was pregnant, on the 6th month i had a miscourage, naturally but i nealy lost my life because the placenta and the feutus got attached in the diar moments, i was bleading and the baby’s head came out but he was not breathing and he passed on , with the doctors’s intervention he punched my stomach and everything was detouched, the fabroid had grown so big that my child had no space to grow freely in my womb, though it took me some time to heal after the odeal i had them removed so that i can have a chance to the a mother and have a child , the fabroid is completeley removed so that i can conceave again, and only this time it will be successfull, i went through hell but i will be fine , all i want is a chance to be a mother . south africa limpopo

  17. Fatima says:

    Hello Ladies!
    I have also been researching how to naturally shrink my fibroids. I came across one woman who tells her story of shrinking her fibroids. I thought that the information she shared would be beneficial to you guys. I’m going to copy her YouTube video here. I am about to order the product and change my diet as well. I pray the best for all of you. Let me know if you try it and it works for you! Here is the video:

    This is the link to the actual product. This is not something that I am selling at all. I will get no monetary gain from this. I just want everyone to be rid of this problem. It has been a huge problem for me. I want you all to be healthy! Take care!
    website: (Red Clover)

    website: (Fibroid Plus)

    • Fungie says:

      Thanq Fatima m definitely gonna get on board with this one none and with all due respect have I been told that chocolate/ caffeine makes the fibroid grow Mine definitely got worse recently after going through boxes of lovely chocolate This is a glimpse of hope for me was diagnosed of fibroids in 2006 & all I had was worse & worse symptoms stomach also bulging. Don’t wanna go under the knife so Tried some of these natural fibroidcure & they never moved an inch. I cld go on sorry haven’t even tried the product yet Thanq!!!

    • leftie says:

      HELLO Fatima ,any positive results from this at all? Today I got my myomectomy and now just home researching natural ways to keep this under control.
      Tanks in advance

  18. Thank you for this post! I also thank and appreciate the comments shared by the readers. I had a myomectomy six years ago; I had 12 fibroid tumors and was the size of a five-month pregnant woman. I had several symptoms, it was horrible. I am currently prepping for a hysterectomy, in my early 30s to avoid this situation yet again. I don’t have any children, and while my uterine fibroids were only my second encounter with benign tumors (I am hypothyroid due to gland removal), I did research and prayerfully considered what is logical for me and preserving my health.

    I used to be vegan, I couldn’t agree more with the author in regards to hormones and truly knowing what you are consuming. I will continue to read, reflect and share dialogue as I find this blog post to be helpful and beneficial!

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    Best regards, be well,
    Shemeka Sumrall

  19. Sabina says:

    I have two myomas and I’m reading a lot about it. I have tried to treat them by going to a Chinese doctor. I have had 12 sessions of acupuncture. I felt the energy of the belly gathering and something really moving and changing. Due to the cost of the sessions, I had to stop. Probably, it would be advisable to prolonge them 🙁 I’m going to my gynecologist in August to check the situation. I hope she will find positive changes. The Chinese doctor told me that myomas develop when the hormones change because of something that happens in a woman’s life. The energy is blocked and so these myomas develop. I separate from my partner and when that happened I didn’t have my period for 2 months so I think it is true what he told me. In ayurvedic medicine, the tea of hibiscus is used to reduce heavy bleedings during the menstrual cycle: 3 teabags are used daily for 3 cups of tea. This plant is often used in Arabic countries. It worked for me. My cycle was delayed by a couple of days and the bleeding was reduced. However, there are also Chinese herbs that can help, as I heard.
    Dairy produce is bad, I also heard about this and meat also helps the ‘bad cells’ grow.
    I try eating more vegetables, wholegrains, raw nuts and fruits. I’m trying to find more information about natural remedies. I heard about the effects of cardamom and cantaloupe (its white-green skin is said to be also very important). All the best to all of you! Greetings from Europe!

  20. Tammy Williams says:

    Hi I am 28 years and i just found out i have fibroid i also do not have any children as yet and would love to have very soon. My fibroid are still small and im afraid of getting pregnant and they start growing and causes complications. I am thinking if laser surgery is my best option or will it hamper my whom and i may not be able to have children…..
    Any advise would be

  21. jackie says:

    Can lemon shrink fibroids

  22. runali says:

    suggest me which are the food being avoid for fibriods.

  23. deb says:

    I am 48. I was diagnosed with mass fibroids around 3 years ago. I have 3 large ones measuring 28cm each. Although I always had heavy peiods I never suffered from any pain during my menstral cycle. I was always fit and active and probably built alot of muscle over the years. I had no idea I had fibroids and have since found out they were probably growing for years. I just noticed a change in body shape and began to get a stomach. My Gynae recommended a hysterectomy because they were so large. I have never had children. Just before surgery I was put on a course of Zolodex injections.

    As the surgeon cut me open my heart stopped on the table, so surgery was abandoned. Apparantly my Vagus nerve had reacted(still don’t know why)so now too dangerous for surgery. I have since had Artery Embolization which blocks the arteries to the utereus and reduces blood flow enabling fibroids to shrink.

    Although mine haven’t really shrunk, so for me it’s now a case of just living with them. My periods have now reduced from 8 days to 1 day very light. I think it is a good option other than surgery and less invasive. I was awake through the whole procedure.

    My diet mainly consists of salad,fruit,fish seeds. I do have skimmed milk and low fat yoghurts but I would like to know what foods I should be avoiding. I have cut out all wheat products as this was causing constant bloating. I do eat chicken now and again but not a regular in my food consumption

    Any advice on food? or foods I should be avoiding


  24. tunde says:

    My mum have been struggling with fibroid and she has spent a lot of money but still in vain………… there any remedy to shrink the fibroid

  25. Oma says:

    Hi, I had a myomectomy in 2010 and it grew back again, in dec 2013 I took in, in June 2014 the baby died in my womb so my gyn did evacuation and dis month my period came out very tick (in clth),painful and heavy so I went for a scan somedays back and d scan result shows that I ve got 7 fibroid measures 106.00mm,64.89mm,36.60mm,25.58mm,17.39mm,43.24mm and 34.03mm.right now I don’t know what to do and I don’t ve any child yet am just believing God for a miracle and I hope my new diet life will help.

  26. wendy says:

    I just got my fibroids removed and i want to know which food and beverages must i avoid

  27. Kath says:

    A year of eating soy products (with my history of fibroids) I believe caused my fibroids to re-grow with a VENGENCE. I had blood clots the size of a large orange coming out of me and needed transfusions the blessing was so bad.
    After two open ab myomectomies and an emergency D and C, I was able to finaly have a healthy pregnancy/ baby! I had to travel 2 1/2 hours away to find a Dr. who would do repeat mymomectomy though!

  28. Kenesh Brown says:

    I don’t think I want to do the surgery.I have 3 fibroid trying to have a baby from two years ago .for me the problems am having is constipation sometimes lower back pain and heavy period which is very frustrating.heavy bleeding sometimes three and four weeks.

  29. Golden says:

    Hi ladies, my story is very similar to yours. I had 12 fibroids, that were like vampires sucking me dry. I went to see several doctors some said do nothing, that do noting caused them to grow and mutipily. My doctor suggested 3 ways for me, one was a hystertomy, where he would leave the source in so I would still have a period, but not be able to have children, second would be a myomectomy, but usually with a myomectomy they can not get all of them, so it seems as though they are growing back, when in reality it’s just smallers ones that they left in that have grown. The other option was the UFE treatment. My mother having me had a hysterectomy and had no problems, but flash forward to now and one of my best friends had it and she has now numerous medical problems and suffers from depression. Everybody’s body is different so you MUST have a good doctor. I researched everything ass vastly as I could and while the myomectomy has the least down time, it has has a percentage risk for cancer later in life. I can not risk that, now that’s not saying you will or will not get it, that’s why I said you need a GOOD doctors and make the right choice for you.
    I chose the UFE treatment, that seemed right for me. After the surgery I was in the worst pain of my life, like no joke, I had SEVERE pain,SEVERE, but I can tell you I am a month and a half in, and my stomach has shrunk down to where I no longer look 6 months pregnant, so that’s how I know they are shrinking. I went to Dr. John Lipman in Atlanta the same doctor that worked on Cynthia Bailey and he is wonderful. That was the right choice for me, because of how many I had, and they were startling to go from medium to large, and I just had no energy with painful periods that showed up as many times as they felt like it in a month, like 3,4,5 times a month.
    I am glad to stumble onto this article because once they are controlled, women need to know how to maintain. I do believe the food we eat, is keeping us alive today, but sadly slowly killing us for tomorrow.

  30. Queen Aishah says:

    Halona, thank you for this awesome article with great information.

  31. Pat Lam says:

    My wife is drinking an infusion of garlic, lemon and green water vegetable. Do you think it fights fibroids?

  32. Malyn says:

    hi,im malyn i have fibroids for 4 years..i experienced non stop bleeding,back pain,pelvic pain,headache,moody,leg pain,i still thank god coz my fibroids are not gettibg bigger..but just feel uncomfortable coz of my bleeding and had sometimes had foul smel.just visit my doctor last april 8 and 23..finally she told me im not in danger..she give augmentin and flagyl antibiotics just to stop frm bledding and just confuss or maybe i was wrong hearing to my doctor..avoids nuts food with collagen ..
    i want to ask if i heard it wrong or right..thanks for the reply..

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  34. pheela onyekwena says:

    also try the apple cider vinegar and blackstrap molasses three times a day and you will see the difference especially the bleeding.

  35. Lisa Owen says:

    You are right. A good diet might be the best way to cure fibroids. Identifying the foods to avoid is one the most important tasks along the way. Keep up the great work! Thanks, Lisa

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