Fibroids in women

FIBROIDS

Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous tumors that develop in the womb (uterus), a female reproductive organ. They can be as small as a pea and as large as a potato.

Uterine fibroids are common. As many as 1 in 5 women may have fibroids during their childbearing years (the time after starting menstruation for the first time and before menopause). Half of all women have fibroids by age 50.

Fibroids commonly known as “Ebizimba byomu Nabana” in Luganda can be as small as a pea and as large as a potato.

Uterine fibroids are often described based upon their location within the uterus. Subserosal fibroids are located beneath the serosa (the lining membrane on the outside of the organ). These often appear localized on the outside surface of the uterus or may be attached to the outside surface by a pedicle. Submucosal (submucous) fibroids are located inside the uterine cavity beneath the lining of the uterus. Intramural fibroids are located within the muscular wall of the uterus.

The cause of uterine fibroids is unknown. However, their growth has been linked to the hormone estrogen. As long as a woman with fibroids is menstruating, a fibroid will probably continue to grow, usually slowly.

SIGNS

Bleeding; When your menstrual flow gets heavier than usual or lasts longer than usual there is need to worry. If the tumors are near the uterine lining or interfere with the blood flow to the lining, they can cause heavy periods, painless periods or prolonged periods. Women with excessive bleeding due to fibroids may develop iron deficiency anemia.

Back Pain; pain in your lower back, do not over do physical activities, a heated pad when used correctly

Change in Menstraul Cycle; Women need to watch their menstrual cycles closely since sometimes change in them may be a sign of growing fibroids

Back Pain

Another sign of having a fibroid is having back pain. The pain in your back is not usually widespread. It is usually just in your lower back. So take it easy if you are having back pain. Do not over do physical activities because it could make your back feel worse. Put your feet up, and enjoy some relaxing activities instead until your back starts to feel better. A heating pad when used correctly may also help ease your back pain.

Constipation and Urination

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