The use of iodine as a conventional treatment method for fibroids results from the belief that a deficiency in iodine may lead to the formation of various tumors including fibroid tumors as well as other gynecological issues in the body.
The functioning of the body is very complex and the various parts of the body are interdependent on each other so that a problem in one area can result in an issue in another part of the body.
One of the main issues for women with or without fibroids is the proper management of hormones. The hormone system is very sensitive and can be thrown off-balance very easily. While a hormone imbalance cannot be said to cause fibroids or other gynecological issues, a hormonal imbalance is believed to make fibroids worse or create an environment where these issues may arise especially in an estrogen dominant environment.
The hormone system is comprised of the following components that need to be properly functioning to prevent hormonal imbalance.
- Hypothalamus gland present in the brain receives notifications from other parts of the brain to release hormones
- Pituitary gland taking its cues from the hypothalamus gland relays messages to the ovaries, adrenal glands and thyroid gland.
- Neuropeptides carry various messages throughout the nervous system.
- Ovarian hormones (estrogen, testosterone, progesterone and DHEA) respond to the various messages.
- Hormone receptor sites present all over the body help hormones perform their various duties
An iodine deficiency can disrupt the proper functioning of the thyroid gland which is part of the intricate hormone system discussed above which can cause a hormonal imbalance leading to the perfect environment for the development of fibroid tumors or worsening of uterine fibroids symptoms as well as other gynecological issues.
Iodine Treatment for Fibroids
To prevent iodine deficiency in the body, iodine supplements may be used.
Iodine painting (paint the abdomen over the area where the fibroids are) and iodine soaking are also treatment methods for uterine fibroids when an iodine deficiency is suspected.
The various treatment methods using iodine have been shown to be effective for the treatment of uterine fibroids in some cases. This is definitely an option to consider if your doctor thinks that iodine deficiency may be aggravating your fibroids or causing the various symptoms of uterine fibroids.