Uterine Fibroids

Fibroids are abnormal growths occurring in or on the uterus of a woman. These tumors sometimes become quite large and cause severe abdominal pain and severe periods of time. In other cases, there are no signs or symptoms. Growths are typically benign, or non-cancerous. There is no known cause of fibroids.

What are Uterine Fibroids?

Uterine fibroids, which can be called leiomyoma or myoma by your doctor, are muscle tumors that can grow on your uterus. They rarely turn into cancer, and it doesn't mean that you're more likely to get uterine cancer if you get these.

Although fibroids are not cancerous or life-threatening, they can occasionally cause health problems.

The size of fibroids is as small as a seed to greater than a grapefruit. You can have one or multiple fibroid growths.

You may have absolutely no symptoms at all. The majority of women don't know that they have this condition.

Symptoms of Uterine Fibroids

Signs and symptoms vary depending on the size, location and number of fibroids. You might experience this:

  • Back pain or leg pain

  • Constipation

  • Difficulty emptying the bladder

  • Periods lasting more than a week

  • Pain or pelvic pressure

  • Severe menstrual bleeding

  • Spotting or bleeding in between periods

  • Trouble getting pregnant

  • Urinating frequently

Cause of Uterine Fibroids

It is unknown what exactly causes fibroids. Their growth has been tied to estrogen and progesterone in the female hormones. Studies have found that women are more likely to develop fibroids when they start their periods at a younger age. While taking female hormones is linked to fibroids, it is not the use of birth control pills.

To Sum It Up

Your health care provider can determine if alternative or natural fibroid treatment is right for you. Treatment depends on your age, lifestyle and health. It may also vary by your fibroid number, size and location.

The first plan of action to treat uterine fibroids is changes in your diet and lifestyle. Even with surgery or medication, those healthy changes are important.

Diet, natural remedies, stress management and alternative pain relief can also help ease symptoms like pain, severe bleeding and constipation.

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