What You Can Do
Preventing uterine fibroids is continuously researched and according to one study, exercise may help. Researchers found that with daily exercise, you are less likely to develop fibroids.*
If you do suffer from uterine fibroids, chances are you have painful menstrual periods or anemia. It is still unknown why fibroids promote pain; however the following tips may help relieve menstrual pain.
- Try placing a heating pad or hot water bottle on your lower abdomen.
- Place a pillow underneath your knees while laying down.
- Lie in a supine position (on your side) and raise your knees to chest level.
- Sometimes replacing tampons with a pads can help.
*Baird DD, et al. (2007) Association of physical activity with development of uterine leiomyoma. American Journal of Epidemiology, 165(2): 157–163.
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