Endometriosis or uterine polyps’ causes are not fully known. Yet, one of the most mentioned causes is that of estrogenic dominance. According to specialists, these two conditions are not related, but women with endometriosis tend to confront more often with uterine polyps.
Uterine polyps – what are they and why do they appear?
Polyps are soft lumps that form in the uterus or on endometrium, their dimensions can vary and they seldom cause severe symptoms. Estrogen dominance or other hormonal imbalances could cause polyps, although doctors do not exclude other causes too.
Most of the time, uterine polyps are benign, not malignant and that’s why doctors do not recommend surgery as a first line treatment, especially if the polyps are asymptomatic.
Uterine polyps – risk factors and common symptoms
Age (women around 40-50 years old), high blood pressure, obesity or some medicines part of breast cancer treatment can raise the risk of uterine polyps.
Yet, nowadays, more and more younger women confront often times with uterine polyps.
Regarding endometriosis, I can tell you I found references about a greater incidence of uterine polyps among endometriosis patients.
When it comes to uterine polyps’ symptoms, some patients are asymptomatic, but there are also others who accuse heavier periods, irregular periods, pelvic pain, pelvic pressure, frequent urination, bleeding between periods and difficulties in trying to conceive.
Uterine polyps – diagnosis and treatment
The main diagnosis method is the transvaginal ultrasound, but from my own experience and from what my doctor has told me, some of the smaller uterine polyps cannot always be seen at an ultrasound because of their dimensions or because of the thickness of the endometrium.
Another way of diagnosing uterine polyps is hysterosonography. Your doctor will analyse your case and will recommend or not this medical investigation.
As far as the treatment, here the things can vary depending on the symptomatology. If you do not present symptoms, your doctor might not prescribe you anything. There are cases (few, from what I’ve read and heard), when a uterine polyp goes away by itself. Yet, if you do have disturbing symptoms or you are at menopause, so the risk of a malignant polyp is higher, your doctor could prescribe you hormonal treatment or surgery.
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Uterine polyps – my experience: historic, symptoms, natural remedies and recommendations to a better management of uterine polyps
I had my first uterine polyp at 28-29 years old. I went through a surgery in 2014, at 31 years old and in all this time I experienced a lot of disturbing symptoms, such as pelvic pains and heavy bleedings. Back then I didn’t know much about diet or supplements. In fact, back then I didn’t know much about endometriosis or oestrogen dominance either.
After my 2014 surgery, my doctor from that time told me my polyp was highly vascularized (histopathology indicated a benign polyp) and that polyps tend to reappear.
In 2016 I had to choose surgery again, this time for endometriosis stage IV, so a different thing, but during surgery, my doctor, dr. Voicu Simedrea, checked the uterus too and it was clear from polyps.
Yet, two years ago, in 2018, I experienced bleedings between periods and I discovered I had another small uterine polyp. It’s true, I was after several months of neglecting my diet and supplements but back then I didn’t associate this aspect with the polyp. For about 1-2 months I had symptoms like bleedings, pains, pelvic pressure, but then I organized myself better and started again my diet and supplements.
From July 2018 till July 2020 I haven’t had symptoms that could have been associated with my uterine polyp.
The polyp was still visible at some medical check-ups (at some don’t), but it didn’t increase its dimensions.
My condition changed in 2020. I have to confess to you that from February-March 2020, once the pandemic started, I neglected once again my diet and some of the supplements (some are even now hard to find). Then, because I was coming after a period of strict diet and supplements plan, I didn’t feel any bad reactions.
I do not have gluten, dairy or soy intolerance – I do not feel sick immediately after I eat those. Yet, in time, I start to feel that inflammation and side effects and all these also reflect in my health state, particularly in the way I manage my endometriosis.
In my case, these “bad reactions” from a chaotic diet style were to be seen in August 2020 when I experienced for the first time in 2 years terrible pelvic pains before the period, unusual bleeding, light headedness, weakness and other symptoms – all caused by my uterine polyp. It was a different type of pain than that of endometriosis pain, I knew this pain because I also had it 6 years ago, with my first polyp.
Besides the fact I have been on and off my diet since March 2020, when I had that flare up in August I was also coming after 2 weeks spent at my parents’ house when I ate a lot of “not allowed” food and drank even alcohol (not much, but I don’t usually drink alcohol) so probably they all had a contribution.
Therefore after the things calmed down a little, I decided to start again my diet and supplements.
Within a few days, the things were much better and now I have a month and a few days since that episode. I feel great, my period came on time and I had no prior or after symptoms that could be associated with my polyp.
Therefore, I want to leave you below some of the things that I found to be essential for a better management of a uterine polyp. Most of them I have tested myself and the other ones I found during my research and I am thinking of giving them a try in the future. One thing is for sure: if for 2 years my polyp was asymptomatic and I actually forgot about it, it means it is possible to control the polyp, especially if your doctor tells you there is no need for surgery yet.
6 recommendations for a better management of a uterine polyp
1. Regular medical check-ups at your gynaecologist
No matter what we would try at home: diet, supplements, way of life, all these DO NOT REPLACE THE MEDICAL CONSULT!
2. Anti-estrogenic diet or “the endometriosis diet”
I know there is no official diet for this, but as long as both endometriosis, and uterine polyps could be caused by a higher level of estrogen, try to do something about it. I really feel a difference when I keep a diet without gluten, sugar, alcohol, dairy, soy and meat. Therefore, a plant based diet is the best option in my case. I know it seems so restrictive, but if you go in our “Healthy Recipes” section you will see it’s all about will and organising skills. (the endometrosis diet does not replace organic eggs and meat but in my case I have found I am much better without them, especially without meat).
I no longer eat fried foods (before this August flare-up I used to eat fried potatoes 1-2 times a week), I try to limit canned fish and I am more careful with my allergies (for example, I do not tolerate onion, garlic, cocoa etc. – read more here about this topic).
I use only olive oil and some other thing that helped me in general, not only with this polyp, was to reduce my raw foods intake. My gut does not like raw foods so I am listening to it. I mention I can eat bananas of raw grated carrot, but I am very careful with the other ones.
3. Natural supplements
No matter what any specialist or naturopath is going to tell me, I don’t believe an endometriosis patient (especially one that has/had stage 3-4) can have a great quality of life without natural supplements.
Diet is important, of course, it helps a lot, but at some point, is not enough anymore by itself.
In fact, to be honest with you, thinking about all the pollution, stress and xenoestrogens we are living in, we all, no matter how healthy or not, should take natural supplements.
As far as I am concerned, for this polyp and at this particular episode, what helped me most was Calcium D Glucarate. Patients who take it know it was and still is hard to find Calcium D Glucarate.
First, 4 years ago, in my early "years of supplementing", I bought Calcium D Glucarate from iherb.com, from Thorne brand (a very, very good American brand). Yet, their prices are really high (for 1 container with 90 pills – it lasts for 3-4 weeks - I paid 48 dollars).
Then, I tried Calcium D Glucarate from Now brand – which is also great but this Now supplement is out of stock from July, even on iherb.com.
Therefore, after I had that flare up in August, I took the Thorne brand for 2-3 weeks and then I switched to a brand called Source Naturals and it all seems fine till now.
Besides Calcium D Glucarate, I also took Goldenseal, vitamin D3, vitamin C, Magnesium Glycinate and Coriolus (I will tell you more about this supplement in some other article). Here you can read more about the best 10 supplements in endometriosis, from my point of view.
4. A tea combo made from tulsi, ginger and dandelion root
In 2018, when I first heard about this polyp, I researched a lot and found about a great combination of plants, with benefits for polyps and fibroids. I can confirm it is excellent, it helps me a lot and it is also very tasty, I drink it almost daily. Here you can find the recipe.
5. Some other natural remedies for polyps – found, but not yet tried
From other sources I have researched, I understood that for all kind of polyps (including the intestinal polyps), the comfrey tincture is one of the best. It has to be taken 1-2 teaspoons in water, three times a day, on an empty stomach – for about 40 days.
Another great natural remedies could be the medicinal mushrooms Reishi and the calamus (Acorus Calamus) mixtur. You have to boil 1 cup of water, let it cool, and add 1 tablespoon of calamus root. Leave aside for 12 hours and then drink 1 tablespoon of this mixture, before and after each meal.
I haven’t tried these particular remedies, but I have to tell you I often drink calamus tea for stomach issues and this plant is great.
6. If you have uterine polyps, do not choose intensive, not even moderate workouts
In January I attended a gym for one month where I did only moderate, light workouts. Yet, I soon started to experience symptoms like pelvic pain or pelvic pressure, bleeding between periods and early menstruation. All these symptoms stopped when I stopped the workouts too. Now, as a physical training, I only walk and do some stretching. Another thing that my first doctor told me was not to do pelvic massage or this type of therapies when I have a uterine polyp as it can increase the risk/frequency of symptoms.
These would be my recommendations regarding uterine polyps. I hope you will find them useful, integrate in your daily routine, and find some relief from them. Yet, no matter what, keep in mind you must have a good doctor to monitor your condition and advise you depending on your specific case.