Fibroids are round growths that develop in the uterus. They are almost always benign, or non-cancerous. Fibroids range in size from as small as a pea to as large as a melon. They are also called leiomyomas or myomas.
They can grow in clusters or as a single tumour.
Cause of Fibroids
Exact cause of fibroids is still a mystery to medical science. But there are theories supported by medical professionals for probable causes:
- High oestrogen levels in women induce fibroids to grow rapidly. Uterine fibroid are found to thrive on oestrogen.
- Oestrogen levels are higher in fat cells and it is thought to be the reason behind obese women being more prone to have uterine fibroid.
- If you have a family member with history of fibroids, your chances of having fibroids cannot be ruled out. Genes may act as a link to fibroids.
- Fibroids are common in women in the age group of thirty and forty years.
- Women who had their last sibling at a relatively young age along with childless women are more at risk of developing fibroids.
Symptoms of Fibroids
Here are some of the most common symptoms of fibroids to make you aware and take quick steps:
- The uterus recognizes fibroids as foreign bodies which need to be expelled. The resulting pressure on the uterine fibroid can cause strong spasms (sudden involuntary muscular contractions).
- Normal bowel movements can be hampered when fibroids press on the colon, causing pain during digestion.
- Fibroids are known to compress other organs inducing pressure and this can be experienced in the form of sharp pains or a constant dull ache depending on the fibroid type.
- If you need to change your pads at shorter intervals during menstruation it can be a sign of fibroids causing abnormal bleeding.
- Women may experience bleeding after a long time of going through menopause (a temporary or permanent stoppage of periods). This is an indication of fibroids development going out of control.
- Fibroids can interfere with functions of the urinary system resulting in urinary tract infections. This may lead to frequent urination or difficulty in urination.
- Abdominal Swelling:
- A bulging belly that feels hard on touching is a common fibroids symptom. Many women with fibroids can appear to be pregnant with progress in the swelling over time.
- In some cases, women with fibroids experience pain in the back or legs. These places are seemingly unrelated where pain is experienced. The reason is that the nerves linking the uterus to the brain are in close proximity to the nerves of the back and legs.
Besides all these symptoms, a healthy pregnancy can be disturbed due to the location and size of the fibroid. It is a known fact that fibroids causing painful spasms of the uterus can lead to a miscarriage.
Homeopathy medicines help for fibroids. Currently, the medications available for fibroids can temporarily improve symptoms. For women with heavy bleeding, it is worth trying medication before undergoing a surgical procedure. Women with pressure symptoms caused by large fibroids won't benefit from any medicines currently available.
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