Concern over fibroids


Fibroids are a common gynecological concern for women. Fibroids are non-cancerous growths which are occur and are attached to either the inside and outside of the uterus. These growths are typically found in the muscular tissue of the While there are two places where fibroids are found, there are many types of fibroids. There are four types of fibroids. One type is pedunculated. Pedunculated fibroids grow on a stalk inside or outside of the uterus. Submucosal is yet another, this type of fibroid is found right underneath the uterine lining. A third type is called intramural, which grows within the wall of the uterus. The fourth type of fibroid is known as subserosal, which grows outside of the uterus and can affect and/or put pressure on nearby organs. Fibroids may also occur in singular growth or there may be clusters of fibroids. Women may also experience more than one type of fibroid at a time.

                  Studies have shown that over fifty percent and up to eighty percent of women will experience having fibroids before the age of fifty. However, they are most likely to occur between the ages of thirty to forty. The cause of fibroids is not known. However they are a result of hormonal imbalance and feed on estrogen. Women who are African American, overweight and/or have a family history of fibroids are at a higher risk of experiencing fibroids. Some women who experience fibroids will not have any symptoms, and will only be detected via a gynecological exam. However, some symptoms of fibroids include uterine growth without pregnancy, infertility, heavy and/or longer menstrual periods, and pelvic pain. Women who have started their menstrual cycles at a young age are also at a higher risk. Some women may experience miscarriage due to fibroids impeding the growth of the developing fetus.

                  With proper gynecological care and yearly pelvic exams, women can minimize the damage caused by fibroids. Fibroids may also be managed by care, medication, diet and sometimes surgery.

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