Fitness & Fibroids
As fibroids do seem to cause some pain, exercising can reduce that pain. Strengthening the body will help to manage pain. Exercise also produces endorphins, which are the hormones that make you feel good. When you feel good, you don’t feel as much pain.
Fibroids are benign, hormone sensitive tumors of the uterine muscle that can occur at varying areas of the uterine wall. They can cause pain, excessive vaginal bleeding, dysfunctional menstrual cycles, and pressure on other organs. They can also cause problems with fertility, and interfere with implantation of a fertilized egg in the uterine lining.
Exercising with a Fibroid
Although not proven to be the exact cause of fibroids, hormones are definitely a factor that seems to affect their development. Exercising can aid in reducing the production of estrogen and progesterone. Other research has shown that body mass index, or BMI, can also be considered a factor in the development of fibroids. Exercising causes you to burn calories, thus reducing your BMI. Once the BMI decreases, so does your chance to develop fibroids. While reducing your BMI, the amount of visceral fat decreases as well. Visceral fat is fat stored around your internal organs. With this fat comes excessive estrogen production. However, once this fat diminishes, so does your chance of fibroids. This is because the body can then process the extra estrogen and balance hormones.
There are no set specific exercises that will affect an already developed fibroid, however exercising in general can prevent a fibroid from developing, or limit the growth of an already existing one. Yoga is one exercise that can control the symptoms that fibroids bring. Aerobics are another option and are extremely effective in fibroid control, as they reduce the amount of visceral fat. Both low impact cardio and strength training will lower your BMI, reducing the amount of estrogen in your body. All of these will also strengthen your abdomen, decreasing the amount of pain you feel with a fibroid.
Although exercising alone will not cure you of your fibroids, it will certainly have a large impact on controlling them, and preventing more from coming.
If you have a fibroid and are interested in seeking treatment to help you get back to exercising at your full potential, contact NYC Surgical Associates today.