Natural Fibroids Treatment Blacksburg VA

Whether fibroids are present or not, the most likely cause for heavy bleeding in your age group is perimenopause—the period of changing hormonal patterns that precedes actual menopause. During these years, hormone levels fluctuate widely and ovulation may not occur every month.

Harry Ellington Mc Coy, MD
(540) 381-5291
3336 McEver Rd
Blacksburg, VA
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Oncology (Cancer)
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Medical School: Univ Of Va Sch Of Med, Charlottesville Va 22908
Graduation Year: 1985

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Christiansburg, VA
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7488 Riverbluff Rd
Fairlawn, VA
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Oncology (Cancer)
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Graduation Year: 2007

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William A Fintel
(540) 774-8660
1900 Electric Rd
Salem, VA
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Patton Bernard Saul, MD
(540) 982-0700
1900 Electric Rd
Salem, VA
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Oncology (Cancer), Gynecological Oncology
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Medical School: Univ Of Va Sch Of Med, Charlottesville Va 22908
Graduation Year: 1974
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Harry E McCoy
(540) 381-5291
2955 Market St
Christiansburg, VA
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Hematology / Oncology

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Jerome H Goldschmidt
(540) 381-5291
2955 Market St
Christiansburg, VA
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Hematology / Oncology

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Douglas Richard Nemec, MD
540-982-2463 x1618
RR 1 Box 597
Catawba, VA
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Oncology (Cancer)
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Male
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Medical School: Med Coll Of Ohio, Toledo Oh 43699
Graduation Year: 1985

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William Allen Fintel, MD
(540) 774-8660
1900 Electric Rd
Salem, VA
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Oncology (Cancer), Internal Medicine
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1983
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Hospital: Carilion Roanoke Community Hos, Roanoke, Va; Stonewall Jackson Hospital, Lexington, Va; Lewis-Gale Pavilion, Salem, Va
Group Practice: Lewis-Gale Clinic

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Elihu Jose Ledesma
(540) 982-2463
1970 Roanoke Blvd
Salem, VA
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Surgical Oncology

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Treating Fibroids without Surgery

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By Nancy Lonsdorf, MD

I’m 46, and I’ve been diagnosed with uterine fibroids. My symptoms are very heavy bleeding with menstruation and much longer periods than usual. I’d prefer to avoid surgery. Is there something else that can help?

Whether fibroids are present or not, the most likely cause for heavy bleeding in your age group is perimenopause—the period of changing hormonal patterns that precedes actual menopause. During these years, hormone levels fluctuate widely and ovulation may not occur every month. Both of these factors predispose you to irregular bleeding patterns, including heavy flow, and are the most likely cause of your heavy bleeding, not the fibroid itself. That is why it is important to give nonsurgical approaches a try first, as long as no serious condition exists and you are not dangerously anemic.

Most commonly, perimenopausal hormonal imbalance involves too much estrogen, which builds up the uterine lining, and not enough progesterone, which maintains the lining and helps prevent excessive bleeding. Your doctor may recommend a progesterone-like drug to help slow the flow. If so, request bio-identical progesterone—it’s just as effective as synthetics but comes with fewer side effects. The herb chasteberry (Vitex agnus castus) works to increase your body’s own progesterone production and may help normalize your flow when taken regularly for several months.

Soy foods, licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra), and red clover (Trifolium pratense) all have pro-estrogenic effects, so it’s best to avoid them whenever you experience heavy bleeding. Ditto red meat and other products from hormone-treated animals. Lastly, you want to avoid liver toxins such as alcohol and an unhealthy, junk-food diet since impaired liver function can also lead to excess estrogen buildup.

Author: Nancy Lonsdorf, MD

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