Today, various individuals manifest health complications. When it comes to women’s health concerns, one of the concerns of women is uterine fibroids. According to some clinical investigations, three out of four women suffer from this kind of health condition at some point during their lives, but most of these conditions manifest no symptoms and is experienced without the woman’s knowledge.
What is Uterine Fibroids?
It is a tumor, which is benign or noncancerous that grows and develops in the walls of the womb or the uterus. Seventy-five per cent of women may experience fibroids particularly during their childbearing years. Until today, the cause of fibroids is still unknown. Given that fact, experts believe that the development of the condition is being linked towards the imbalance of hormones such as estrogen and progesterone. Thus, women who manifest fibroids and who are still continually menstruating will continue to have fibroids that gradually develop and grow.
Common Risk Factors of Fibroids
When talking about the risk factors of acquiring the said condition, age is one of the biggest concerns in developing fibroids. This is because the condition is particularly rampant to women especially during their fertile years. Being obese is also another risk factor that heightens the risk of forming fibroids. When talking about risk in genetics, women may have a higher risk when their mother experiences fibroids. However, the most common race affected by fibroids is African-American women. In addition, there have been studies that eating meat, mainly beef and ham show an increased risk of developing fibroids in the uterine wall.
Sign and Symptoms
Commonly, women who suffer from uterine fibroids experience asymptomatic signs and symptoms; however, there are some women who manifest symptoms and these are the following:
• Frequent urination
• Pain during sexual intercourse
• Lower back pain
• Feeling “full” in the lower abdomen
• Heavy or painful menstrual periods
• Bleeding between menstrual cycles
• Reproductive problems that include early labor, multiple miscarriages or infertility
How Fibroids are recognized
Certified physicians often recognize diagnosing fibroids during medical examination. Most of the time when the doctor suspects a woman if she has fibroids, the doctor may order the following:
1. Ultrasound is given to identify exactly where the location and how big the fibroids is.
2. There are some doctors who will order to view the fibroid by inserting a tiny camera by using either laprascopic or hysteroscopic procedure. A laparoscopic procedure is a procedure where a small incision is made near the navel. Afterwards, they insert a flexible camera through the slice in order to view the uterus. On the other hand, a hysteroscopic procedure is a method of inserting a camera scope through the entrance of the vagina. It goes deeper into the cervix and into the uterus.
3. Other possible tests that can determine fibroids by using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computerized Tomography (CAT), and X-Ray.
When fibroids are still small and do not cause damage to the body, the doctor usually instructs to keep monitoring the condition, if it progresses to grow. Many medications are used to suppress the growth and development of the fibroids or control the heavy bleeding during menstruation.
Myomectomy, it is surgical procedure to remove the fibroids in the uterine wall. Another medical treatment done is Myolsis. This method is done by introducing an amount of electric current to destroy the fibroids, which also allows the decrease of blood flow that supplies the blood vessel of fibroids.
Generally speaking, one of the common health concerns among women is the development of uterine fibroids. Thus, understanding this condition is the best approach to know the proper management of the fibroids as well as how to prevent it.