Natural Fibroids Treatment South Portland ME

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.

Charles Kazuto Tashima, MD
(207) 879-3030
144 State St
Portland, ME
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Harvard Med Sch, Boston Ma 02115
Graduation Year: 1956
Hospital
Hospital: Central Maine Med Ctr, Lewiston, Me
Group Practice: St Mary's Hematology/Oncology

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Louis G Bove, MD
(207) 207-7740
32 Penrith Rd
Portland, ME
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Hematology-Oncology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Cornell Univ Med Coll, New York Ny 10021
Graduation Year: 1952

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Ian J Bristol
(207) 662-2276
22 Bramhall St
Portland, ME
Specialty
Radiation Oncology

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Cornelius John McGinn, MD
(207) 871-2276
22 Bramhall St
Portland, ME
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Radiation Oncology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Vt Coll Of Med, Burlington Vt 05405
Graduation Year: 1989

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Anna Halina Niegowska, MD
(207) 879-3030
144 State St
Portland, ME
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Akademia Med, Lublin, Poland
Graduation Year: 1989

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Sarah Allen Thurman, MD
(207) 871-2276
22 Bramhall St
Portland, ME
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Radiation Oncology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Va Sch Of Med, Charlottesville Va 22908
Graduation Year: 1996

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Roger Charles Inhorn, MD
(207) 879-3030
144 State St Fl 4
Portland, ME
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Washington Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63110
Graduation Year: 1990

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Marjorie Ann Boyd
(207) 774-5662
19 Bramhall St
Portland, ME
Specialty
Hematology, Hematology / Oncology

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Stuart Gary Gilbert, MD
(207) 885-7750
22 Bramhall St
Portland, ME
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Radiation Oncology, Diagnostic Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tufts Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02111
Graduation Year: 1966
Hospital
Hospital: Maine Med Ctr, Portland, Me
Group Practice: Spectrum Medical Group; Spectrum Medical Group At Maine Med Ctr Scarborough

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Laurie Ann Small, MD
(207) 761-0125
887 Congress St Ste 100
Portland, ME
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Oncology (Cancer)
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Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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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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