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Start by exfoliating

Getting your bare skin glowing will make it easier to get gorgeous skin without caking on makeup. Start with an exfoliating treatment to buff off any dead skin. 'If you get off the dry skin, you get that smooth surface for when you apply makeup,' says Hannah Baylog, lead makeup artist trainer with Blushington makeup and beauty lounge in Dallas. Don't miss these <a href="https://www.rd.com/health/beauty/face-washing-mistakes/1/">face-washing mistakes you didn't realize you were making</a>.

Getting your bare skin glowing will make it easier to get gorgeous skin without caking on makeup. Start with an exfoliating treatment to buff off any dead skin. ‘If you get off the dry skin, you get that smooth surface for when you apply makeup,’ says Hannah Baylog, lead makeup artist trainer with Blushington makeup and beauty lounge in Dallas.

Add hydration

'No-makeup makeup is all about the skin, so it’s very important to have very hydrated-looking skin,' says Mariah Jere, market manager, and makeup and hair stylist for <a href='https://www.warpaintinternational.com/#about'>WarPaint International Beauty Agency</a>. Start with a toner or rose water, then add a lightweight moisturizer—ones with hyaluronic acid tend are good for all skin types, she says. Don't make these <a href='https://www.rd.com/health/beauty/makeup-for-dry-skin/1/'>makeup mistakes that make your skin look dry</a>.

‘No-makeup makeup is all about the skin, so it’s very important to have very hydrated-looking skin,’ says Mariah Jere, market manager, and makeup and hair stylist for WarPaint International Beauty Agency. Start with a toner or rose water, then add a lightweight moisturizer—ones with hyaluronic acid tend are good for all skin types, she says.

Prime your skin

Applying a primer before makeup will help your makeup last longer. 'Primers have different purposes depending on the formulation,' says Jere. 'The variety of primer depends on the skin type and what you want the end results to be.' Assess your skin type, then decide whether one that’s smoothing, oil-controlling, or color-correcting is best for your needs. Here are more ways to <a href='https://www.rd.com/health/beauty/long-lasting-makeup/1/'>make your makeup last longer</a>.

Applying a primer before makeup will help your makeup last longer. ‘Primers have different purposes depending on the formulation,’ says Jere. ‘The variety of primer depends on the skin type and what you want the end results to be.’ Assess your skin type, then decide whether one that’s smoothing, oil-controlling, or color-correcting is best for your needs.

Swap foundation for tinted moisturizer

Tinted moisturizer gives you lighter coverage than traditional foundation, letting your natural glow shine through. 'Light to medium coverage is my best recommendation for that kind of natural look,' says Jere. Here's how to <a href='https://www.rd.com/health/beauty/clear-skin-makeup/1/'>use makeup to fake flawless skin</a>.

Tinted moisturizer gives you lighter coverage than traditional foundation, letting your natural glow shine through. ‘Light to medium coverage is my best recommendation for that kind of natural look,’ says Jere.

Pick the right foundation

If you need more coverage than a tinted moisturizer, go for a water-based foundation, which will give you a barely-there feel while evening your skin tone. 'Oil-based ones can sit on the skin and separate more,' says Baylog. 'Water-based formulas tend to be more long-lasting while still looking dewy instead of matte and heavy.' Mix your foundation with a bit of moisturizer to look even more fresh-faced, says Jere. Find out how to <a href='https://www.rd.com/health/beauty/make-beauty-supplies-last-longer/1/'>make your beauty supplies last longer</a>.

If you need more coverage than a tinted moisturizer, go for a water-based foundation, which will give you a barely-there feel while evening your skin tone. ‘Oil-based ones can sit on the skin and separate more,’ says Baylog. ‘Water-based formulas tend to be more long-lasting while still looking dewy instead of matte and heavy.’ Mix your foundation with a bit of moisturizer to look even more fresh-faced, says Jere.

Use tools designed to blend

Swap out your usual foundation brush (and don’t use your fingers!) for a beauty blender, which will keep your makeup from looking thick and cakey. 'That will give an airbrushed look and apply flawlessly without looking heavy or painted-looking like a brush can,' says Baylog. Avoid these other <a href='https://www.rd.com/health/beauty/bad-makeup/1/'>makeup mistakes that make you look sloppy</a>.

Swap out your usual foundation brush (and don’t use your fingers!) for a beauty blender, which will keep your makeup from looking thick and cakey. ‘That will give an airbrushed look and apply flawlessly without looking heavy or painted-looking like a brush can,’ says Baylog.

Define with bronzer

A cream-based bronzer just a couple shades lighter than your natural skin tone will let you emphasize your natural shadows without creating a heavy contour. Blend it into your jaw, temple, and over your cheekbones to get a natural look. 'It gives a little sculpting to the face and warmth,' says Jere. Try these <a href='https://www.rd.com/health/diet-weight-loss/face-slimming-makeup/1/'>makeup tricks that make you look thinner</a>.

A cream-based bronzer just a couple shades lighter than your natural skin tone will let you emphasize your natural shadows without creating a heavy contour. Blend it into your jaw, temple, and over your cheekbones to get a natural look. ‘It gives a little sculpting to the face and warmth,’ says Jere.

Fake your glow

Sweep highlighter over your cheekbone, brow bone, and the inner corner of your eyes to look like you're glowing from within. 'It’s that highlight that makes people say, ‘You look so glowy,’' says Baylog. 'It looks like you’re radiating light.' Check out these <a href='https://www.rd.com/health/beauty/makeup-look-less-tired/1/'>makeup tricks to look less tired</a>.

Sweep highlighter over your cheekbone, brow bone, and the inner corner of your eyes to look like you’re glowing from within. ‘It’s that highlight that makes people say, ‘You look so glowy,’’ says Baylog. ‘It looks like you’re radiating light.

Add a natural flush

'Especially if you’re using foundation, you mute the natural color you’d have in your cheeks with a flesh-toned base, so you want to add some of that back in,' says Jere. To return that natural flush, Baylog recommends using a cream blush or cheek stain to get a healthy glow without the powdery look of a traditional blush. Stains look complicated but apply easily with your usual blush brush or beauty blender, she says. If the color is too heavy, press a beauty blender against the pigment to take off the excess while leaving on the light glow you want.

‘Especially if you’re using foundation, you mute the natural color you’d have in your cheeks with a flesh-toned base, so you want to add some of that back in,’ says Jere. To return that natural flush, Baylog recommends using a cream blush or cheek stain to get a healthy glow without the powdery look of a traditional blush. Stains look complicated but apply easily with your usual blush brush or beauty blender, she says. If the color is too heavy, press a beauty blender against the pigment to take off the excess while leaving on the light glow you want.

Blend, blend, blend

Harsh lines will make it obvious that you’re wearing makeup, so be sure to blend them in. Use a big brush to blend powder or bronzer under your chin and down your neck. 'People tend to skip that step,' says Baylog. 'Even makeup artists do the face and forget the neck and décolleté.' Here's why you should <a href='https://www.rd.com/health/beauty/cleaning-makeup-brushes/1/'>always wash your makeup tools</a>.

Harsh lines will make it obvious that you’re wearing makeup, so be sure to blend them in. Use a big brush to blend powder or bronzer under your chin and down your neck. ‘People tend to skip that step,’ says Baylog. ‘Even makeup artists do the face and forget the neck and décolleté.

Never skip your brows

'The eyebrows are one of the most important things on the face, whether you’re doing full makeup or not,' says Jere. 'They frame the eyes and complete the facial look.' Stay away from sharp angles and arches, and instead comb a light eyebrow powder through any sparse areas, using wax to tame the hairs.

‘The eyebrows are one of the most important things on the face, whether you’re doing full makeup or not,’ says Jere. ‘They frame the eyes and complete the facial look.’ Stay away from sharp angles and arches, and instead comb a light eyebrow powder through any sparse areas, using wax to tame the hairs.

Even out your lids

Pick an eyeshadow close to your natural skin color, then sweep it onto your eyes to create a soft, natural-looking base. 'A lot of times the lids have redness or broken capillaries,' says Jere. 'That will neutralize some of the red or blue undertones.' These <a href='https://www.rd.com/health/beauty/makeup-tips-photographs/1/'>makeup tricks will make you look even better in photos</a>.

Pick an eyeshadow close to your natural skin color, then sweep it onto your eyes to create a soft, natural-looking base. ‘A lot of times the lids have redness or broken capillaries,’ says Jere. ‘That will neutralize some of the red or blue undertones.’

Shape your lashes

Before you add mascara, give your lashes definition with an eyelash curler so you look naturally bright-eyed, even without makeup. 'That shapes them a little and opens the lid a little more,' says Jere.

Before you add mascara, give your lashes definition with an eyelash curler so you look naturally bright-eyed, even without makeup. ‘That shapes them a little and opens the lid a little more,’ says Jere.

Go subtle with eyeliner

Instead of drawing a thick line, dot a bit of eyeliner as close to your lashes as possible. Pick brown over black for the most subtle, natural look. 'I doesn’t look like liner, but it makes lashes more defined,' says Jere. You could also soften a thicker line by smudging it out with an angled brush, focusing on the outer corners to lift your eyes, says Baylog. Don't miss these <a href='https://www.rd.com/health/beauty/makeup-for-glasses/1/'>makeup mistakes of women who wear glasses</a>.

Instead of drawing a thick line, dot a bit of eyeliner as close to your lashes as possible. Pick brown over black for the most subtle, natural look. ‘I doesn’t look like liner, but it makes lashes more defined,’ says Jere. You could also soften a thicker line by smudging it out with an angled brush, focusing on the outer corners to lift your eyes, says Baylog.

Buy a natural-looking mascara

Mascaras with a thin, comb-like brush will look more natural than one with a thick, fat, brush, says Baylog. Find a lengthening mascara that uses natural fibers, which won’t look as heavy as a volumizing or waterproof formula. 'Lengthening tends to clump less, vs. volumizing, which adds a lot of polymers to the eyelashes,' says Jere. Black looks perfectly natural for most people, though blondes might prefer brown mascara, she says. (Related: For a less subtle look, check out these <a href='https://www.rd.com/health/beauty/eye-makeup-tips/1/'>makeup tips to make your eyes pop</a>.)

Mascaras with a thin, comb-like brush will look more natural than one with a thick, fat, brush, says Baylog. Find a lengthening mascara that uses natural fibers, which won’t look as heavy as a volumizing or waterproof formula. ‘Lengthening tends to clump less, vs. volumizing, which adds a lot of polymers to the eyelashes,’ says Jere. Black looks perfectly natural for most people, though blondes might prefer brown mascara, she says.

Focus on the top

Keeping makeup on just the tops of your eyes will give a more natural look than adding it to your bottom lash line. 'For a softer eye, just brush mascara lightly on top, and touch the bottom lash instead of combing all the way through,' says Baylog. 'A lot don’t even want it on the bottom.' Watch out for these <a href='https://www.rd.com/health/beauty/makeup-mistakes-aging/1/'>makeup mistakes that age your face</a>.

Keeping makeup on just the tops of your eyes will give a more natural look than adding it to your bottom lash line. ‘For a softer eye, just brush mascara lightly on top, and touch the bottom lash instead of combing all the way through,’ says Baylog. ‘A lot don’t even want it on the bottom.’

Stick with a lip tint

For a kiss of sheer color, use a gloss, stain, or balm that’s close to your natural lip color, like light pink or mauve. Matte formulas tend to look more natural than high-gloss ones, so lip pencil with a balm will look natural while keeping lips hydrated. Pick one with real fruit for a fresh look. 'It looks like you just came out of a berry garden,' says Baylog. Use these <a href='https://www.rd.com/health/beauty/full-lips/1/'>makeup tricks to fake fuller lips</a>.

For a kiss of sheer color, use a gloss, stain, or balm that’s close to your natural lip color, like light pink or mauve. Matte formulas tend to look more natural than high-gloss ones, so lip pencil with a balm will look natural while keeping lips hydrated. Pick one with real fruit for a fresh look. ‘It looks like you just came out of a berry garden,’ says Baylog.

Try a multipurpose product

Two-in-one products for eyes and brows, or lips and cheeks are generally natural-looking choices because they tend to be less pigmented. 'Anything you can use for lips and cheeks is a more light application anyway because you wouldn’t put heavy lipstick on your cheeks,' says Baylog. 'It applies really fast and looks like you’re so fresh.' Here are more <a href='https://www.rd.com/health/beauty/beauty-hacks/1/'>beauty hacks to get double the use from your products</a>.

Two-in-one products for eyes and brows, or lips and cheeks are generally natural-looking choices because they tend to be less pigmented. ‘Anything you can use for lips and cheeks is a more light application anyway because you wouldn’t put heavy lipstick on your cheeks,’ says Baylog. ‘It applies really fast and looks like you’re so fresh.

Start fresh and end fresh

Remember that toner or rose water you started with? Dig it back out to revive your dewiness before leaving the house. 'Spray with toner at the end to give that fresh-face look,' says Jere. 'It gives that glow-from-within look and hydrates the skin.'

Remember that toner or rose water you started with? Dig it back out to revive your dewiness before leaving the house. ‘Spray with toner at the end to give that fresh-face look,’ says Jere. ‘It gives that glow-from-within look and hydrates the skin.

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Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to get a hold of your missing phone. If it’s a smartphone (or even a tablet) running iOS, Android, or even Windows Phone, chances are good it already has the software needed to hunt it down — or there’s an app you can install to track your phone. Here’s our guide on how to find a lost phone or a similar device.

Have you ever wondered what happens to a smartphone after it’s stolen? Read how this filmmaker spied on a thief to find out.

Smartphones

If your lost phone happens to be a smartphone, all three of the major smartphone platform providers (Apple, Google, and Microsoft) include phone retrieval technology in their smartphones. Usually, the way these apps work is through the account associated with your device. For Android devices this is your Google account, for iPhones, this is your iCloud account, and for Windows Phones this is your Microsoft account. All three allow you to remotely lock and wipe your phone, make it ring, and set up special messages to alert whoever finds it.

Of course, these features are only as good as your phone’s battery. If your smartphone dies, it’s about as easy to find as your wallet or anything else you might misplace.

We also recommend caution when communicating with anyone who has found your smartphone. Be careful to avoid giving away any personal information, such as your home address, until you know you’re dealing with someone you can trust. Stick with sending phone numbers or email addresses to communicate how the good Samaritan can return your phone. Here’s how each of the three operating systems work.

How to find a lost Android phone

Android not only offers Google’s proprietary service for finding and managing your device remotely but also a number of third-party apps designed for finding your smartphone. The easiest to use is Find My Device, which is built directly into your Android smartphone through Google Play Services — it can also be used in a browser or downloaded from the Google Play Store. Most devices running Android 2.3 or later should be able to use this feature.

Using the feature is as easy as searching  “Where is my phone” in Google, which will prompt the service to start looking for your smartphone. We’ve previously written about Find My Device and its ability to call you, set up a new password, and make your phone ring from afar, along with the variety of other functions it uses for notification purposes. While you can configure Find My Device ahead of time, the service should be available in the event you lose or misplace your phone. It will use Wi-Fi or GPS to help you hunt down your device.

To verify your Android smartphone has the Find My Device feature turned on, go to Settings > Google (or Google services) > Security and make sure Remotely locate this device is turned on in the Find My Device section.

If you can’t find your smartphone, you can always wipe it to prevent sensitive information from getting into the wrong hands. Your device will need an internet connection, however, and enough juice to communicate with you. In Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google also introduced Factory Reset Protection (FRP). It’s designed to prevent would-be thieves from being able to steal your phone, wipe it, and then use it or sell it. If you factory reset a phone with FRP enabled and try to set it up as a new device, you’ll be prompted to enter the username and password for the last Google account that was registered on the device, and if you can’t, the phone will remain locked.

There are also third-party apps that you can install to help you find your phone. Cerberus Anti-theft is a great app that offers remote access and control, allowing you to obtain more information regarding the whereabouts of your phone. It provides a number of additional features, such as more granular control on how you track your device, screenshots of what your device is doing, photos from the camera to possibly catch the would-be thief, and other, more detailed notifications that Find My Device doesn’t offer. If your device is rooted, there are even more features available to prevent someone from resetting or turning off your device until you can recover it.

Another option for select Samsung smartphones is the Find My Mobile service. It can be used to locate a missing phone, lock it down, or wipe it completely. You’ll need a Samsung account, though, and the Remote Controls options enabled on your phone. To check and see if Find My Mobile is available for your smartphone, go to Settings > Lock screen & Security. If you see Find My Mobile in the menu, you can use the service; enable the Remote Controls options via Settings > Security > Find My Mobile > Remote controls.

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How to find a lost iPhone

The best (and only) way to get your iPhone back is through Apple’s native feature, Find My iPhone. The app comes pre-installed on every iOS device and can display your missing device on a map to help you easily locate and manage it. You’ll need a computer or another iOS device with the Find My iPhone app to deploy this feature, however. Sadly, these features are only available when your phone is powered on and connected to the internet.

To use the feature, simply log into iCloud and open the Find my iPhone feature. The Apple service will locate your phone on a map and give you the option to play a sound on your device, send a message to your phone with “lost mode,” or erase its contents. All of this can be done without any additional configuration.

Find my iPhone is also able to locate your Mac, iPod, and iPad. It’s an incredibly effective tool for tracking down just about any iOS device. Don’t believe us? Check out this story about cops apprehending a criminal by using the app. This is just one of many similar stories where phone-tracking software helped save the day.

Apple also employs another form of security, known as Activation Lock, to keep your iPhone safe from theft. Like the reactivation lock for Samsung smartphones, Activation Lock requires you to enter your Apple ID and password before you can disable Find My iPhone, wipe your device, or reactivate it.

How to find a lost Windows Phone

Windows Phone owners, don’t fret. If you’ve misplaced your smartphone, you too can recover it with the help of Microsoft’s built-in service. The company has built a lost phone feature directly into Windows Phone 8.1 and later iterations thereof, allowing you to easily find the location of your phone or activate its ringer remotely. It doesn’t require additional configuration after you add your Microsoft account either, though it will only work if your device has power and is connected to the internet.

Find My Phone Windows Phone

All you need to do is go to Microsoft’s devices page. There, you should see all your phones and tablets, which you can then locate through the service. You can even add devices that are not currently on the list, remotely lock your devices, and wipe devices you think might have fallen into the wrong hands.

How to find your not-so-smart cell phone

Step 1: Call your cell phone. Listen for the ring or vibration and try to locate your phone through tried-and-true human detection. If your phone is truly lost and in someone else’s hands, then they’re likely to answer if they intend to return the phone. If you don’t have access to a phone, try using wheresmycellphone.com. It will call your phone for free and allow you to leave a message or talk to whoever is on the other side.

Step 2: Retrace your steps. Do a full-fledged visual search. If you couldn’t hear a ring or vibration when you called it, don’t immediately assume that your phone is located far away — the battery could simply be dead.

Step 3: Text your phone. If you believe someone has stolen or possibly found your phone, then send a text message to your phone with your contact info and a reward offer if you choose to do so. There are many online services that allow you to send free text messages, such as txt2day.com.

Step 4: Alert your service provider. If you’ve lost hope of finding it, then call your wireless carrier and let them know your phone is lost. Ask if they offer a GPS locating service. If not, ask them to suspend service to your phone to avoid any possible fraudulent charges. Carriers have differing policies about this, but it’s always worth a try, even for a smartphone. This FCC page has a handy list of numbers.

Step 5: Register your lost phone. If you know your phone’s IMEI number or have it written down somewhere, register it with Immobilize.

Step 6: Prepare for the next time you lose your phone. Maybe you’re one of those people who’s always losing their phone. You may want to consider registering for a tracking service such as AccuTracking.

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Fibroid: Causes, symptoms, and treatments

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Fibroids are the most frequently seen tumours of the female reproductive system. More and more women, especially black women are suffering from this problem which causes chronic pain and infertility issues. Here’s everything you need to know about fibroids!

Whether you already suffer from fibroids or are at risk from suffering from them, it’s important to know all the facts. Though they can begin harmlessly enough, fibroids feed off blood and can grow into a larger problem, sometimes ending in fertility problems and even leading to further health problems such as anaemia. In extreme cases, an otherwise benign tumor can even become cancerous.

What are fibroids?

Fibroids, also known as uterine myomas, leiomyomas, or fibromas, are firm, compact tumours that are made of smooth muscle cells and fibrous connective tissue that develop in the uterus. It is estimated that between 20 to 50 percent of women of reproductive age have fibroids, although not all are diagnosed. Some estimates state that up to 30 to 77 percent of women will develop fibroids sometime during their childbearing years.

In more than 99 percent of fibroid cases, the tumors are benign (non-cancerous). These tumors are not associated with cancer and do not increase a woman’s risk for uterine cancer. They may range in size, from the size of a pea to the size of a softball or small grapefruit.

What causes fibroid tumors?

While it is not clearly known what causes fibroids, it is believed that each tumor develops from an aberrant muscle cell in the uterus, which multiplies rapidly because of the influence of oestrogen.

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Who is at risk for fibroid tumours?

Women who are approaching menopause are at the greatest risk for fibroids because of their long exposure to high levels of estrogen. Women who are obese and of black heritage also seem to be at an increased risk, although the reasons for this are not clearly understood.

Research has also shown that some factors may protect a woman from developing fibroids. Some studies, of small numbers of women, have indicated that women who have had two children have one-half the risk of developing uterine fibroids compared to women who have had no children. Scientists are not sure whether having children actually protected women from fibroids or whether fibroids were a factor in infertility in women who had no children.

There are factors that can increase a woman’s risk of developing fibroids.

  • Age. Fibroids become more common as women age, especially during the 30s and 40s through menopause. After menopause, fibroids usually shrink.

  • Family history. Having a family member with fibroids increases your risk. If a woman’s mother had fibroids, her risk of having them is about three times higher than average.

  • Ethnic origin. Black women are more likely to develop fibroids than white women.

  • Obesity. Women who are overweight are at higher risk for fibroids. For very heavy women, the risk is two to three times greater than average.

  • Eating habits. Eating a lot of red meat (e.g., beef) and ham is linked with a higher risk of fibroids. Eating plenty of green vegetables seems to protect women from developing fibroids.

Types

Fibroids are non-cancerous tumours that appear in the tissues around the womb.

There are four types of fibroid:

  • Intramural: This is the most common type. An intramural fibroid is embedded in the muscular wall of the womb.

  • Subserosal fibroids: These extend beyond the wall of the womb and grow within the surrounding outer uterine tissue layer. They can develop into pedunculated fibroids, where the fibroid has a stalk and can become quite large.

  • Submucosal fibroids: This type can push into the cavity of the womb. It is usually found in the muscle beneath the inner lining of the wall.

  • Cervical fibroids: Cervical fibroids take root in the neck of the womb, known as the cervix.

The classification of a fibroid depends on its location in the womb.

Different types of fibroids

Symptoms

Around 1 in 3 with fibroids will experience symptoms.

These may include:

  • heavy, painful periods, also known as menorrhagia

  • anaemia from heavy periods

  • lower backache or leg pain

  • constipation

  • discomfort in the lower abdomen, especially in the case of large fibroids

  • frequent urination

  • pain during intercourse, known as dyspareunia

Other possible symptoms include:

  • labour problems

  • pregnancy problems

  • fertility problems

  • repeated miscarriages

If fibroids are large, there may also be weight gain and swelling in the lower abdomen.

Once a fibroid develops, it can continue to grow until menopause. As estrogen levels fall after menopause, the

fibroid will usually shrink

Fibroid symptoms

How are fibroid diagnosed?

Fibroid are found during a routine pelvic examination. This, along with an abdominal examination, may indicate a firm, irregular pelvic mass to the physician. In addition to a complete medical history and physical and pelvic and/or abdominal examination, diagnostic procedures for uterine fibroid may include:

  • X-ray. Electromagnetic energy used to produce images of bones and internal organs onto film.

  • Transvaginal ultrasound (also called ultrasonography). An ultrasound test using a small instrument, called a transducer, that is placed in the vagina.

  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). A non-invasive procedure that produces a two-dimensional view of an internal organ or structure.

  • Hysterosalpingography. X-ray examination of the uterus and fallopian tubes that uses dye and is often performed to rule out tubal obstruction.

  • Hysteroscopy. Visual examination of the canal of the cervix and the interior of the uterus using a viewing instrument (hysteroscope) inserted through the vagina.

  • Endometrial biopsy. A procedure in which a sample of tissue is obtained through a tube which is inserted into the uterus.

  • Blood test (to check for iron-deficiency anaemia if heavy bleeding is caused by the tumour).

Treatment for fibroids

Since most fibroids stop growing or may even shrink as a woman approaches menopause, the health care provider may simply suggest “watchful waiting.” With this approach, the health care provider monitors the woman’s symptoms carefully to ensure that there are no significant changes or developments and that the fibroids are not growing.

In women whose fibroids are large or are causing significant symptoms, treatment may be necessary. Treatment will be determined by your health care provider based on:

  • Your overall health and medical history

  • Extent of the disease

  • Your tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies

  • Expectations for the course of the disease

  • Your opinion or preference

  • Your desire for pregnancy

In general, treatment for fibroids may include:

  • Hysterectomy. Hysterectomies involve the surgical removal of the entire uterus. Fibroids remain the number one reason for hysterectomies in the United States.

  • Conservative surgical therapy. Conservative surgical therapy uses a procedure called a myomectomy. With this approach, physicians will remove the fibroids, but leave the uterus intact to enable a future pregnancy.

  • Gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists (GnRH agonists). This approach lowers levels of oestrogen and triggers a “medical menopause.” Sometimes GnRH agonists are used to shrink the fibroid, making surgical treatment easier.

  • Anti-hormonal agents. Certain drugs oppose oestrogen (such as progestin and Danazol), and appear effective in treating fibroids. Anti-progestins, which block the action of progesterone, are also sometimes used.

  • Uterine artery embolization. Also called uterine fibroid embolisation, uterine artery embolisation (UAE) is a newer minimally-invasive (without a large abdominal incision) technique. The arteries supplying blood to the fibroids are identified, then embolised (blocked off). The embolisation cuts off the blood supply to the fibroids, thus shrinking them. Health care providers continue to evaluate the long-term implications of this procedure on fertility and regrowth of the fibroid tissue.

  • Anti-inflammatory painkillers. This type of drug is often effective for women who experience occasional pelvic pain or discomfort.

Can fibroids turn into cancer

Fibroids are almost always benign (not cancerous). Rarely (less than one in 1,000) a cancerous fibroid will occur. This is called leiomyosarcoma. Doctors think that these cancers do not arise from an already-existing fibroid. Having fibroids does not increase the risk of developing a cancerous fibroid. Having fibroids also does not increase a woman’s chances of getting other forms of cancer in the uterus.

 

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Natural Remedies for Vaginal Cysts

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A vaginal cyst is a lump of fluid or semi-solid tissue that can develop along the walls of the vagina, usually near the opening of the vagina. They can range in size from as small as a pea to as large as an orange.

Vaginal cysts usually form when a gland or duct becomes clogged, causing liquid or another material to collect inside.

There are four different types of vaginal cysts.

  • Inclusion cysts are usually very small and located in the lower back of the vaginal wall.

  • Bartholin’s gland cysts are fluid-filled cysts that form on one of the Bartholin’s glands.

  • Gartner’s duct cysts develop when ducts in a developing embryo don’t disappear as they are supposed to after the delivery of a baby.

  • Mullerian cysts develop from structures left behind when a baby develops.

A vaginal cyst is rarely cancerous and, in many cases, it does not even cause any discomfort. Most often, cysts are discovered during a routine pelvic examination.

In most cases of vaginal cysts, treatment is unnecessary. Treatment is usually needed if you experience discomfort or pain due to the size of the cyst or if there is infection. In such a scenario, one can have symptoms like a soft lump in the vaginal wall, a protrusion from the vagina, discomfort during intercourse and difficulty inserting tampons.

To treat vaginal cysts, there are many simple and effective home remedies. These remedies also help fight any infection as well as promote healing.

Here are the top 10 home remedies for vaginal cysts.

1. Sitz Bath

Taking a sitz bath is beneficial for reducing the discomforts of vaginal cysts. It can help alleviate irritation and encourage healing by promoting drainage of the cyst.

Plus, sitz baths help keep the area clean and reduce the risk of an infection.

  1. Partially fill a bathtub with warm water.

  2. Mix 1 to 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt into the water.

  3. Soak just your genital area for about 15 minutes at a time or until the water loses its heat.

  4. Pat dry gently afterward.

  5. Take a sitz bath 2 or 3 times a day for a week.

You can also buy a sitz bath kit that you can put over your toilet seat to make soaking easier.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

Another effective and easy remedy for vaginal cysts is apple cider vinegar. The acidic nature of apple cider vinegar can help reduce the size and swelling of vaginal cysts.

As apple cider vinegar helps maintain the pH level of the vagina, it further reduces the risk of infection and even prevents the development of more cysts.

  • Mix 2 teaspoons of organic, raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar in ½ cup of warm water. Soak a cotton ball in this solution and place it directly over the cyst for 1 minute. Repeat 3 or 4 times daily for a few days. Or, you can leave in place for 20 to 30 minutes, once daily until the cyst softens. If you can bear it, then you can mix equal quantities of apple cider vinegar and water and use this solution instead. To help soothe the area, you can then apply coconut oil on the cyst.

  • Alternatively, pour 1 cup of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar into a bathtub filled with warm water. Soak your lower body in the water for 15 minutes. Do it 2 or 3 times a day.

  • Also, add 1 teaspoon of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar to a glass of warm water and drink it twice daily to promote healing from within.

3. Warm Compress

Applying a warm compress to a cyst is another easy and effective way to soften it and encourage draining, which in turn helps in the healing process.

A warm compress also helps kill bacteria to reduce the risk of infection and it fights inflammation.

  1. Soak a washcloth in hot water and wring out the excess water.

  2. Hold the warm cloth on the affected area for a few minutes.

  3. Repeat 3 or 4 times a day until the fluid starts draining out of the cyst.

Caution: Take care not to burn the delicate tissue in the vaginal area.

4. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil can really help with the pain and inflammation associated with vaginal cysts. It is particularly good for treating bartholin cysts.

Not only the pain, tea tree oil also helps get rid of harmful bacteria in the vaginal area and thus reduces the risk of an infection. In fact, it helps drain the cyst within 1 or 2 days.

  • Mix 2 or 3 drops of 100% tea tree oil in 2 teaspoons of coconut oil. Using a cotton ball, apply this oil on the cyst. Leave it for 20 minutes, then rinse it off with lukewarm water. Use this remedy once or twice a day or as needed.

  • Also, add 3 to 5 drops of tea tree oil to a cup of water. Use this solution to rinse the affected area a few times daily.

5. Turmeric

Turmeric also works great for treating vaginal cysts. The compound curcumin in turmeric works as an anti-inflammatory agent that helps fight pain and inflammation.

In addition, turmeric is a natural antiseptic, which means it can help prevent and treat any infection.

  • Mix 1 teaspoon of turmeric power and a little coconut oil to make a paste. Apply the paste over the cyst and allow it to sit for a couple of hours. Rinse the area with lukewarm water. Repeat again until the cyst bursts.

  • Also, drink a glass of hot milk with 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder mixed in it to promote healing and control pain.

Be careful when applying turmeric paste, as it can cause yellowish stains on fabric and skin.

6. Garlic

Garlic is another effective home remedy for any kind of vaginal cysts, mainly due to its potent antibiotic properties. It helps kill the bacteria present around the cysts, which reduces the risk of an infection.

When ingested, garlic also helps boost the immune system to help fight infections and promote healing.

  • Apply a little bit of crushed garlic on the cyst for 2 minutes. Rinse it off well with lukewarm water. You can follow up with application of coconut oil to reduce the stinging garlic might have caused. Do it 1 or 2 times a day.

  • Also, you can eat 1 crushed garlic clove 2 or 3 times a day, followed by a glass of water, to boost your immunity.

7. Aspirin

You can also use aspirin to cause the cyst to drain. Its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties help deal with the pain and inflammation as well as reduce the risk of infection.

  1. Crush a few aspirin tablets to powder form.

  2. Mix in a little water to form a paste. Instead of water, you can also use castor oil (the oil will also help reduce inflammation and aid healing).

  3. Apply this paste on the vaginal cyst.

  4. Leave it on for 5 minutes, then rinse off with lukewarm water.

  5. Do this once or twice a day.

8. Aloe Vera

To treat vaginal cysts, aloe vera is very effective.

It has healing and anti-inflammatory properties that help in the healing process and reduces inflammation.

  • Extract fresh aloe vera gel from an aloe plant leaf and apply it directly on the cyst. Allow it to sit for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing it off with lukewarm water. Repeat 3 or 4 times a day.

  • Alternatively, mix 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel with ¼ teaspoon of turmeric powder. Stir until the mixture forms a paste. Apply the mixture on the cyst. Leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes before rinsing it off with lukewarm water. Do it once a day.

9. Yogurt

Another good ingredient that can be used to treat vaginal cysts is yogurt.

Being rich in lactobacillus bacteria, Greek yogurt helps restore the normal vaginal pH level. This inhibits activity of infectious organisms that can cause an infection, which would make the condition worse and delay the healing process.

Also, it reduces vaginal odor.

  • Soak a cotton ball in plain yogurt and apply it on the affected area. Leave it on for a few hours, then rinse the area thoroughly. Do it 2 or 3 times a day.

  • Also, you can eat 1 to 2 cups of yogurt daily.

10. Sepia

A time-tested remedy for vaginal cysts is sepia. Sepia is made from the dark, brownish-gray pigment obtained from the ink sac of the cuttlefish.

Sepia is an effective remedy for fighting inflammation and pain associated with vaginal cysts. It can also be used to prevent development of additional cysts.

It is readily available in homeopathic clinics in pellets or liquid form. For the correct dosage, consult your doctor.

Additional Tips

  • To prevent vaginal cysts, ask your partner to be gentle during sex.

  • Do not squeeze, scratch or puncture a cyst. Allow it to drain on its own to reduce the risk of infection.

  • Keep the area clean by washing it regularly with a medicated V-wash.

  • Never douche, as it can irritate the cyst.

  • If a cyst is painful, consider using a sanitary napkin instead of a tampon during your periods.

  • Maintain good hygiene habits to prevent infection of a cyst and the formation of an abscess.

  • To treat an infected vaginal cyst, you may need to take antibiotics.

  • You can opt for surgery to remove the cyst, if there is lot of discomfort or the cyst keeps returning.

  • Increasing your vitamin A, vitamin B and zinc intake helps promote healing of the skin tissues.

  • If recommended by your doctor, get a biopsy done to rule out the possibility of cancer.

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