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Friday, April 26, 2013

Depression and Stress Cause Uterine Fibroids

"I never get angry, says a Woody Allen character in one of the director’s movies, “I grow a tumor instead.” So how does this apply to uterine fibroids? Drs Wise, Palmer, and Rosenberg of the Sloan Epidemiology Center at Boston University have shown that stress can make a woman more at risk to grow uterine fibroids. And they now have published the newest findings out of the Black Women's Health Study, and Dr. Wise has concluded that depression can increase the presence of uterine fibroids. Internal stress can play havoc with our health in many ways. Stress can have internal consequences as stress can alter the immune system, it can alter our pituitary gland control of the adrenal glands, and can alter our ability to repair aging of our organs. Stress in very early life, caused by abuse, can have a stress effect that spans our entire life. It is true that those who experienced childhood stress also were more likely to smoke, to be physically inactive, and to become alcoholics; thus these factors could contribute to the risk of growing uterine fibroids. The theory about depression and uterine fibroids may be more complex. The depressed patients did smoke more and consume alcohol more. Dr. Wise feels that there are changes in the hormones that control the menstrual cycle that may be the ultimate reason a uterus could actually grow a fibroid. Gab with your gyno about stresses and mental health issues across your lifespan so that you can decrease the long term effects on you. If you take steps to reduce depression stress, this may save your uterus as well as your sanity. 

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