Fibroids (leiomyomata uteri) are the most common benign tumors of the uterus. They usually come in a variety of shapes and sizes, as well as numbers, in the uterus. Very rarely do they turn to cancer – the exact incidence being less than 1% in a patient’s lifetime. Women who are at risk usually;
- have a family history
- are Black or Hispanic and
- may have an elevated Body Mass Index (BMI)
While there is still a lot to understand about the development of fibroids, they grow for two reasons: 1) hormones, in particular estrogen, and 2) blood supply Fibroids can be located in different parts of the uterus. Just like real estate, it’s all about location, location, location! There are some fibroids that are located underneath the surface of the uterus, which are called subserosal; these generally do not cause bleeding but can cause pressure. There are those that are embedded in the muscle of the uterus, which are called intramural. Finally, there are those fibroids that affect the lining of the uterus, which are called submucosal, and these are the ones that usually present with excessive bleeding.
Symptoms and Tests
The most common symptoms of fibroids are heavy bleeding, pressure, increased frequency in urination, pelvic pain and infertility. Although, most fibroids do not usually cause pain, but if they outgrow their blood supply, it can cause pain due to degeneration (which means tissue breakdown). Fibroids are usually diagnosed with a pelvic exam and a pelvic sonogram. Transvaginal sonography is very good at detailing whether a fibroid is affecting the uterine lining or not.
Effects on Pregnancy
One of the most common questions that we do get from our readers is whether a fibroid patient can become pregnant with a fibroid. Again, location is key. Depending on where it is, whether it affects the cavity where the baby grows or blocks the fallopian tube for fertilization, treatment will be dictated by these factors. If those issues are not present, women can become pregnant and have a normal pregnancy. In fact, some of our patients do get pregnant while on treatment and these are people that have never been pregnant before in their life. This is a confirmation that the fact that you have fibroid does not mean you are infertile. It might just be that the location of the fibroid is interfering with fertilization, implantation or growth of the foetus. This is the main reason why we do clamour for proper diagnosis before treatment in our Wellness Center.
Although intimidating at first, fibroids are not as scary as they sound. You can get rid of fibroid in a natural and faster way that will not affect your uterus or fertility negatively. Click here to read about how to get rid of fibroid without surgery. If you enjoyed this article, please go ahead and share it with others. We will also like to have your comments, questions and feedbacks below. NB – If you are reading this but you have not registered for our free newsletter on how to discover ‘’Nigerian FOODS That Make Fibroids Grow Bigger As Well As Those That Help You Shrink Fibroids Naturally’’ you might want to do so now by clicking here.
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