What’s a Fibroids ?
- Fibroids are non-cancerous tumors that grow from the muscle layer of the uterus
- They are also known as uterine fibroids, myomas or fibromyomas
- The size, shape, and location of fibroids can vary greatly.
- They may be inside the uterus, on its outer surface or within its wall, or attached to it by a stem-like structure.
- A woman may have only one fibroid or many of varying sizes.
- A fibroid may remain very small for a long time and suddenly grow rapidly, or grow slowly over a number of years.
- Ref 1 : https://www.acog.org/Patients/FAQs/Uterine-Fibroidscan Adapted from The American College of Obstetriciansand gynecologists,cited on 9th Sep 2019
Did You Know?
- 70% of women will have Fibroids by age 50
- 25% of these women will experience significant symptoms from their Fibroids
- Women diagnosed with Fibroids are 6 times more likely to have an inappropriate hysterectomy
- Ref 2 : Borah BJ, Nicholson WK Bradley L, Stewart EA. The impact of uterine leiomyomas: a national survey of affected women. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2013; 209(4): 319 e1-e 20
- Ref 3 : Hhakim RB, Benedict MB, Merrick NJ. Quality of care for Women undergoing a Hysterectomy: Effects of Insurance and Race / Ethnicity. Am J Public health 2004 Aug ; 94(8):1399-1405
Health issues caused by Fibroids
- Anemia (from blood loss)
- Problem in urinating
- Pelvic Pain
- Difficulty in pregnancy
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Changes in menstruation
- Longer, more frequent, or heavy menstrual periods
- Menstrual pain (cramps)
- Vaginal bleeding at times other than menstruation
- In the abdomen or lower back (often dull, heavy and aching, but may be sharp)
- During sex
- Constipation, rectal pain, or difficult bowel movements
- Abdominal cramps
- Enlarged uterus and abdomen
- If you feel you may have fibroid, contact your Doctor today.