Fibroids and Cysts – Prevention and Treatment

Healthy Uterus and Ovaries

Fibroids in the uterus, and cysts on the ovaries are benign (not cancerous) growths, which can cause no symptoms, mild or severe symptoms of pain, bloating and/or bleeding. Both uterine fibroids and ovarian cysts affect 75% of women. Fibroids and can range in number and size from a single growth to multiple growths, from small to large. The ovaries can have single or multiple cysts, small or large. The type of cyst that is more complicated to treat is PolyCystic Ovarian Syndrome. Isn’t it interesting how similar they are? The main differences are the location and texture. Cysts are fluid filled whereas fibroids are dense tissue. Both are diagnosed through Pelvic Ultrasound. Here are some differences between the two.

You can prevent and treat both Uterine Fibroids and Ovarian Cysts simply by understanding the cause (discussed below). Prevention is always easier. If either one has gotten to the point that reversing through lifestyle changes is unsuccessful, conventional treatment may be necessary. Conventional treatment for fibroids and cysts involve pain medication and/or hormonal suppression with Birth Control Pills. Both fibroids and cysts can require surgery. Fibroids can be treated by reducing blood supply to fibroid (embolization), myomectomy (removing fibroid), hysterectomy (removing uterus) or endometrial ablation – with heat or cold to stabilize the uterine lining.

The cause of both fibroids and ovarian cysts are similar – Estrogen Dominance and Liver overload.

Uterine Fibroids

Symptoms of Uterine fibroids:

  • None
  • Pressure on the bladder/rectum
  • Lower abdominal and/or lower back pain
  • Constipation/rectal pressure
  • Uterine cramping from mild to severe
  • Bleeding that can be frequent or infrequent, heavy or light, with or without cramping

Ovarian Cyst

Symptoms of Ovarian Cysts:

  • None
  • Pressure with ovulation
  • Sharp pain in pelvic cavity if large

The main concerns with uterine fibroids are:

  • Anemia due to heavy bleeding.
  • Discomfort due to size.
  • Challenges with fertility.

The main concerns with ovarian cysts are:

  • Pain
  • Challenges with fertility

Estrogen dominance means that estrogen is high and progesterone is low. It is caused by many things, mainly by xenoestrogens. These are xeno (alien, strange) hormones. They imitate estrogen. They are found widely in PCB’s, BPA’s and Phthalates. Most specialists that study xenoestrogens regard them as serious environmental hazards that have hormonal disruptive effects on both humans. PCB – (polychlorinated biphenyl) is an organochloride pollutant. These are man-made chemicals used widely in electrical equipment (capacitors and transformers) until they were banned in 1979 due to toxic human exposures. Although declining, once in the environment, PCBs tend to be persistent in the environment. We have all been exposed to them through breathing, eating, drinking and skin contact.

These toxins store in fat tissue and are difficult to eliminate.

  • BPA – Bisphenol A, is an industrial chemical that has been used to make certain plastics and resins since the 1960s. They are found in food and beverage containers, both plastic and metal products (as they have linings that contain BPA). Steel cans/bottles do not contain BPA. The recycling # 7 on plastic bottles contains BPA – unless it says “BPA free on it,” then the #7 is fine.
  • Phthalates – Phthalates, called “plasticizers,” are a group of industrial chemicals used to make plastics more flexible. Phthalates are everywhere – in processed foods, plastic objects like shower curtains and toys, adhesives, detergents, shampoo and many more. Hidden phthalates may be abbreviated as seen below. For more detailed information on environmental toxins please visit
  • Paraben is a chemical used as a preservative in cosmetics and food. They can mimic estrogens as well and have been found in breast tumors and linked to breast cancer. Paraben can be avoided by reading labels. Any word that has “paraben” in it is a paraben. Two other ways to write parabens are Hydroxybenzoic acid and hydroxybenzoate.

Treating Estrogen Dominance

Excess estrogen in one of the main culprits in hormonal imbalance, which then can cause fibroid tissue in the uterus and disordered ovulation or ovarian cysts. One of the first things you can do to prevent and start reversing these hormonal imbalances is to stop exposing yourself to xenohormones.

Five steps to avoiding xenoestrogens:

  • Avoid plastic bottles as much as possible – never freeze, warm or reuse disposable water bottles.
  • If you use the microwave, never use plastic. Best is to not use the microwave.
  • If you eat meat or use dairy, use from grass-fed, free-range farms.
  • Use natural detergents
  • Avoid paraben in skin care products.The best supplement that helps eliminate xenoestrogens from the body is DIM. Dr. Ramsey’s brand is called Detox II. Another way to balance estrogen levels is by increasing progesterone levels. To me, the best way to do this is to take Bio-Identical Progesterone. This is done individually with each patient as each patient has different needs.

Lastly, unload the liver. This is done by:

  1. Eating as close to nature as possible
  2. Drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water daily.
  3. Make sure you are having at the minimum, one bowel movement daily.
  4. Use castor oil massaged over liver morning and night to enhance the liver’s functioning.
  5. Take 1-2 scoops of detox powder daily. Some of Dr. Ramsey’s favorites are Core Restore, Complete Detoxification and Complete Meal.

I encourage you all to use the 5 steps of avoiding xenobiotics and the 5 steps towards helping your liver become more efficient.

See Dr. Ramsey’s video on this topic.

dr_ramsey_4_15-13_cropDr. Theresa Ramsey is a practicing physician, speaker, lifestyle expert, author of the best selling book, Healing 101: A Guide to Creating the Foundation for Complete Wellness & a weekly guest expert on Arizona's top morning television show, Your Life A to Z, as their Medical Expert since 2007. Dr. Ramsey has been voted as one of Phoenix Magazine's Top Docs by her peers and selected as an health expert. Further, Dr. Ramsey has been voted by the public as the Natural Choice Awards winning Women's Health Specialist for four consecutive years, 2012 – 2015. She elegantly bridges the gap between Allopathic & Naturopathic medicine. Dr. Ramsey is a nationally recognized speaker educating patients & physicians on the language of wellness and root causes to illness & dis-ease. Her focus in her clinical practice is in Lifestyle and Preventive Aging with Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy. Call for your appointment today: 888.970.0077.

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26 Responses to Fibroids and Cysts – Prevention and Treatment

  1. Kelli Doan August 31, 2013 at 1:15 am #

    If estrogen dominance causes uterine fibroids, then why do they prescribe birth control pills for symptoms? Isn’t that putting extra estrogen into the system?

    • Dr. Ramsey August 31, 2013 at 7:10 pm #

      It does however the estrogen suppresses natural estrogen secretion. Blood levels of estrogen in a suppressed female (on BCP) average around 60. A non-suppressed female can reach estrogen levels of around 3-600 and higher. Although BCP’s acts as suppressants there are many other xenoestrogens women are exposed to that you cannot measure. Detoxing the body and supporting with progesterone are the best approaches. BCP prescribing is never my preferred approach.
      ~ Dr. Ramsey

  2. Jenna March 27, 2014 at 9:55 pm #

    Can you provide the links for the detox powders you recommend, I am having a hard time finding them. I suffer from cysts and fibroid’s and will be buying the detox II as well to help me. I also thank you for listing the top 5 things for unloading the liver.

    • Theresa December 30, 2014 at 5:22 pm #

      We have several Detox powders. My favorite and patients favorite is Complete Meal with Phase I and Phase II support. Detox II is specific for phase II which most people have a hard time with. You might want to think about using iodine as well – 12.5 mg twice daily if no allergy. For the longevity drink I make up batches and freeze and use one cube in warm water twice daily. When I make a batch of ice cubes I use about 7 lemons and 4 cups of turmeric root with 4 habanero peppers. These last me about a week at two drinks a day.
      ~ Dr. Ramsey

  3. google advertising login April 18, 2014 at 8:31 pm #

    Very good article. I’m going through many of these issues
    as well..

  4. Gretchen December 30, 2014 at 12:27 am #

    Can you get rid of fibroids without surgery by detoxing?

  5. mrs.s.k. April 9, 2015 at 2:30 pm #

    Can I get rid of fibroids without surgery by detoxing?
    please advise me which medicines I can use from your product.

    Can I get your cell number
    so ill call you , I’m in Kuwait


    • Theresa April 15, 2015 at 9:57 pm #

      Fibroids are estrogen induced – always benign. Using progesterone which we do not have as a product opposes estrogen’s stimulation on the uterus and I have seen fibroids go away in premenopausal women. I do not treat over the phone.

  6. joseph muita May 19, 2015 at 2:14 pm #

    great post,Very insightful, Thank you for sharing!

    • Theresa May 19, 2015 at 4:08 pm #

      Thank you Joseph!

  7. Sheri September 19, 2015 at 1:41 pm #

    Can you take bio-identical progesterone if you’ve had blood clots?

    • Theresa November 5, 2015 at 3:14 am #

      Progesterone does not increase clotting factors. You can take all hormones – just not oral estrogen. Topical estrogen as in a pellet or cream or patch does not increase the risk of blood clots. Only a capsule/tablet of estrogen increases clotting factors.
      ~ Dr. Ramsey

  8. Christina Farmer October 17, 2015 at 5:29 pm #

    There are soooooo many different progesterone creams and supplements out there. How do I choose and how do I balance progesterone but also estrogen. I have fibroids, get large cysts and endometerosis highly suspected. Pretty positive might be perimenapause as it has been suggested before. I’m a mess. Severe mood stuff with anxiety depression panic attacks at times insomnia trouble concentrating chills sweats bloating pain cramping are horrible all of it is getting worse and makes me feel like a crazy person n has become half debilitating. Don’t have gall bladder so use digestive enzymes and take women probitoic. Really need help

    • Theresa October 19, 2015 at 7:44 pm #

      Sounds like you have lost your own production of progesterone. You are on track knowing this! The best progesterone is taken orally which you would need a prescription for. I prefer the compounded progesterone as the generic one is made from peanut oil which is full of aflatoxins. Creams don’t absorb well to be systemically protective.
      ~ Dr. Ramsey

  9. Belinda Sampson October 22, 2015 at 7:11 pm #

    I hope all is well with everyone. I am 53 years old and was recently dignosed with two Fibroids inside my uterus the size of oranges 7.1 the doctor right away wanted to remove my uterus. It bothered me only because I thought there would be options. I am skipping three months (off), six (on), one (on) and so far nothing this month, but was due on October 5th. No heavy bleeding, no bowel problems, only bloated and feeling extremely tired a lot and mood swingish. Can the weight of the fibroids be causing my tiredness? Not sure what all of this means. Can you shed some light on what I might be experiencing and what you recommend? He told me that I am not experiencing perimopause, but I thought the skipping was the beginning of it.
    Thank you very much!

    • Theresa November 6, 2015 at 2:11 am #

      You know more about your body than your doctor does. Yes, it sounds like you are in perimenopause. Fibroids don’t cause fatigue but having lowering hormones does. I suggest getting your full lab workup to see where everything is including your thyroid labs. You’ll have to go to a hormone specialist. Most of my patients come in with labs from their doctor that are “normal” but to me not optimal.
      ~ Dr. Ramsey

  10. karen November 11, 2015 at 6:36 am #

    I’ve been bleeding everyday for 9 months my worst days when liver like blood clots pass 7are 8 in 2 he’s. What are the liver like blood clots almost looks like fabrics falling out

    • Theresa November 11, 2015 at 7:47 pm #

      You should have a full work up including labs for iron and a pelvic ultrasound to see if all organs are structurally correct.
      ~ Dr. Ramsey

  11. Kelly November 15, 2015 at 4:36 pm #

    Can you take progesterone without estrogen to reduce fibroids?

    • Theresa November 18, 2015 at 4:06 am #

      YES! Works great!
      ~ Dr. Ramsey

  12. Lady Part Problems December 9, 2015 at 2:00 am #

    I have had an ectopic pregnancy that required removal of left fallopian tube, followed by removal of 5 uterine fibroids, followed by ovarian cyst rupture all in the span of 6 months last year. My current doctor recommend continuous birth control pills, but I couldn’t afford the last set of pills and even missing pills for 2 days left me with a cyst that was leaking. I couldn’t afford it because I couldn’t hold down my job due to constant disruption from pelvic pain and my menstrual migraines. I had a great and promising career and now I am broke and my health is tanking. I am slated for a reductive mammoplasty next year because my C5 and c6 vertebrae have osteophytes and the space between them is narrowing. I am pre -diabetic have an elevated CRP and am on propanalol as a prophylactic measure for my migraines. I’m on Effexor and see a therapist for depression, and I have a B-12 deficiency for which I take the vitamin. I’m in some kind of pain almost every day and I’m afraid I am going to be homeless soon. Any ideas on any of this?

    • Theresa December 9, 2015 at 4:50 pm #

      Your body needs progesterone. The form in BCP is synthetic and can work in some women to suppress symptoms. Your symptoms are of progesterone deficiency. You need a lot of it, not just 100 or 200 mg a day. I hope you find a doctor that understands this and can help you. It is very clear to me.
      ~ Dr. Ramsey

  13. Carey February 20, 2016 at 3:33 am #

    Hi Dr. Ramsey, I am 47 and have been told by my doctor that I should have a hysterectomy. I have uterine fibroids and cysts on my ovaries. It has thrown my glucose off causing insulin block. I am wondering if there is anything that I can do besides surgery? Are there any supplements that can reduce or get rid of them?

    • Theresa February 23, 2016 at 4:36 pm #

      It sounds like you might have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. It is treatable and needs to be to prevent diabetes and worse inflammatory diseases of aging. Treatment is with hormones and nutrition and possibly a medication called Metformin. It is my favorite medication to use with some side effects in some people that seem to subside after a month (diarrhea, loss of appetite). It is so preventive and I hope you can find a doctor that prescribes it. If you take it you have to avoid gluten and take B12 for the medication to work. o many people come to me on this med for PCOS and were never told to do these two things and the med changed nothing. So I don’t want you to waste your time if you choose this very successful route. Fibroids are benign and only if they are giving you a lot of trouble with bleeding or painful intercourse might you reconsider uterine hysterectomy – however progesterone shrinks fibroids.
      ~ Dr. Ramsey

  14. sylvia March 10, 2016 at 2:44 pm #

    HI I am 14 weeks pregnant and I have a 10cm fibroid and a 6cm cyst us there anything I can do to shrink them ,I don’t want to end up getting surgery.

    • Theresa March 14, 2016 at 7:25 pm #

      The cyst usually gets smaller with the high level of progesterone in your system during pregnancy. Maybe have your OB draw your levels and make sure they are on the high level for the trimester you are in and if not to take extra. Fibroids are typically not a problem and also shrink with high progesterone.
      ~ Dr. Ramsey