Uterine or Endometrial Polyps
Endometrial polyps are benign growths of the lining of the uterus (endometrium) that may be a factor in subfertility in women. There is concern that polyps may interfere with fertility by impeding movement of sperm or embryo, or impairing implantation. There is concern that polyps may become cancerous under certain conditions, particularly after menopause and in women over 60. The conditions that promote growth of endometrial polyps (rather than the polyps themselves), may be responsible for infertility issues and should be addressed.
What Causes Uterine Polyps?
- Increased aromatase activity
- Increased insulin levels
- Chronic tamoxifen treatment
- Estrogen/progesterone imbalance
Risk Factors for Polyps
- Excess weight, obesity, high BMI
- Unbalanced estrogen
- Lack of progesterone
Signs and Symptoms of Uterine Polyps
- Heavy periods
- Abnormal uterine bleeding – after menopause, between periods
How are Uterine Polyps Diagnosed?
Pelvic and transvaginal ultrasound is done to diagnose polyps.
What is the conventional treatment for uterine polyps?
Surgical removal is an effective treatment for existing polyps, however, it does not address the hormonal or physiological factors that caused the polyps, so polyps may recur and conditions may still not be optimal for fertility.
What is the Naturopathic Treatment for Uterine Polyps?
- Moderate aromatase activity.
- Clean diet to reduce insulin requirements and moderate estrogen level and activity.
- Weight loss to reduce excess estrogen production from fat tissue.
- Enhance phase I and phase II liver metabolism of estrogen and estrogen metabolites.
- Support healthy production of progesterone.
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