Overall health checkups should be done monthly. This assures us that we are in tiptop shape and alarms our doctors if we have existing or new health conditions. Since cancer is a huge health concern for everybody, it is in these health checkups where people are informed if they have tumors, benign or malignant.
We breathe a sigh of relief when our doctors appease us with the news that the tumor is benign. However, are benign tumors really entirely harmless? Or will it cause further health problems over time especially for these seemingly harmless tumors growing in the uterine wall called fibroids? We give you the important facts regarding fibroids.
Fibroids and their causes
Fibroids are tumors forming in the wall of the uterus that are considered non-cancerous. The exact amount of fibroids in a woman’s body are currently unknown. Fibroids are normally found in women in their 50’s and are linked to a spike in the levels of estrogen, the female reproductive hormone.
These usually develop during the reproductive years of a woman and shrinks once she reaches her menopausal phase.
The symptoms of fibroid formation are virtually mild and sometimes, there are even none. However, this depends entirely on the location of the fibroid. Sometimes, fibroid formation can cause a heavy blood flow and a painful menstruation for some.
Fibroids that are pressing near the bowel area can lead to constipation and bloating. One that is located in the front uterine wall can cause urinary incontinence.
Effect to a person’s fertility
The most common concern for women is if the presence of fibroids affect fertility. The answer to that, unfortunately, is a yes. Massive fibroids can sometimes impede a fertilized egg cell from being attached to the womb’s lining. This can result to a miscarriage.
In some cases, fibroids that are located in the womb’s cavity can block the uterus or the fallopian tube, making it more difficult for the egg and the sperm cell to meet.
Ultrasound scans can help with monitor the size of the fibroids. Treatment is given by administering nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication to ease pain and lighten menstruation flow. Currently, there are no oral medication that can help in eliminating fibroids. On the other hands, hormonal injections can help in shrinking the size of these fibroids.
For a woman who wants to protect her fertility, surgery for the removal of fibroids is the best bet. However, there is a huge possibility that these fibroids will recur over time.