There is lots of confusion among women on the effect of birth control pills on fibroids development. There are various treatment options available today which ranges from natural healing to major surgical procedures, depending upon the severity of the condition. Medical research has shown what causes growth of fibroids, but there is still some research being done as to know why uterine fibroids develop at first place.
Majorly there are two hormones commonly known for the growth of fibroids i.e. estrogen and progesterone. And birth control pills have both these elements, but their quantity varies in different pills. Research is still undergoing to identify the levels of estrogen in birth control pills and to understand their impact on fibroids growth.
Women who don’t have uterine fibroids may have smaller chance of developing them when taking birth control pills, which contain low-dose estrogen. But who already have fibroids and start taking birth control pills with higher doses of estrogen may experience increase in fibroids growth.
Uterine fibroids can increase the heaviness of the menstrual flow. Birth control pills can reduce the heavy flow, but will not reduce the size of the fibroids. Actually, birth control pills may cause the fibroids to grow larger.
When it comes to the production of hormones, women bodies act differently. Where some women generate excessive amounts of hormones, others find it necessary to use hormone replacement alternatives. Birth control pills vary in the dose of estrogen or the combination of estrogen and progesterone. Even if the dose of hormones are low, it’s recommended that you to see the doctor if you are taking birth control pills. Doctors can ensure the potential threat of fibroids is regularly monitored.
There are various treatments available today to control the hormone levels throughout a women’s life. Like during pregnancy when these two hormones are generated in excess and anti-hormone medication can be used to control production to prevent the growth of fibroids. Also when women enter menopause, fibroids start of diminish as the body stops producing estrogen and progesterone.