They are abnormal growth that develops in or on a woman’s uterus. They range in size from seedlings, which sometimes are undetectable to a large mass that can distort the uterus and make it look big. Fibroids can be multiple in the uterus or a single fibroid.
Pain in the lower abdomen and pressure
Menstrual bleeding for more than a week
Backache or legs pain
When do you see a doctor?
- When you experience pelvic pains that won’t go away
- When you have difficulty emptying your bladder
- Overly heavy, prolonged periods
- Spotting or bleeding between periods
Fibroids are diagnosed through hysteroscopy, an ultrasound, or a pelvic MRI.
Health experts don’t have a specific cause but some of these factors cause them.
- Hormones: estrogen and progesterone
Watchful waiting. When you have mild or no symptoms for some time, they grow slowly and are non-cancerous.
Medication, fibroids won’t go away but with some medication, they might shrink away. Also, some medicines will help with the pain and bleeding.
In surgery, the doctor might remove the fibroids and leave the healthy tissue but if they are multiple and many they might opt to remove the whole uterus.
When fibroids are treated, getting a child is not a problem.
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