Fibroids are abnormal (non cancerous) growths that develop in or on a woman’s uterus which appear during childbearing years. At least 20% of the women by the age of 30 and 70- 80 % by the age of 50 have fibroids in their uterus. But most females don’t know that they have fibroids because often they cause no symptoms. Fibroids range in size from seedlings undetectable by the human eye to bulky masses which can distort and enlarge the uterus.
Who is at risk for fibroids?
Women with one or more of the following risk factors are at greater risk-
Fibroid pain: When to be concerned?
Most often, uterine fibroids are a symptomatic, when women do include symptoms they include:
How are fibroids treated?
Treatment may non surgical or surgical.
These methods include medication to decrease blood loss and pain. Oral contraceptive pills, GnRH analogues and progesterone releasing intra uterine device (Mirena) are other options which target hormones that regulate the menstrual cycle. They decrease the symptoms of heavy menstrual bleeding, but don’t eliminate fibroids, but may shrink them.
Protecting yourself against fibroids?