Fibroids also called leiomyomas as they are commonly known, are fibrous tumours that grow in the wall of the uterus. Fibroids are usually non-cancerous and they can be single or multiple.
The sizes range from the size of a seed to the size of a melon. Fibroids are controlled by the hormones estrogen and progesterone. Fibroids are pretty common and a lot of women have them. As a woman ages, the chances of her having fibroids increase.
Women who are obese are at higher risk of developing fibroids and there is a link between fibroids and women who consume large quantities of red meat. The real cause of fibroids is unknown. The hereditary factor plays a role in a female getting it.
Symptoms of fibroids
Some women who have fibroids show no symptoms but others do. The symptoms include;
1. Pain in your pelvic area
2. Heavy menstrual flow
3. Frequent urination due to pressure on the bladder.
4. Constipation and back pain due to pressure on the rectum
6. Irregular bleeding between periods
Fibroids are not life-threatening as they are generally painless. They affect a woman's life by the symptoms above. Treatment of fibroids is usually by medication or surgery. Fibroids shrink with menopause.
Can A Woman With Fibroids Get Pregnant?
Most women with fibroids go on to have normal pregnancies. Problems usually arise when giving birth due to the size and location of the fibroid and also the implantation of the embryo.
Fibroids don't affect ovulation. Submucosal fibroids can make it harder for your uterus to support conception and maintain pregnancy.
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