Fibroids are also known as myomas, and they are unusual development on the uterus.
These fibroids exist in almost every woman. However, sometimes they become so much bigger and they start causing severe and intense pain. Sometimes, they don’t create any symptoms.
These fibroid tumors are non-harmful. Women over 45 age are at a higher risk of obtaining them. According to estimation, 75% to 85% of women over the age of 50 have them. So it is good to have some knowledge about them, and this article will be going to help you.
Let’s start with its types.
What Types of Fibroids Exist?
Three types of fibroids are:
Subserosal Fibroids – These develop outside on the uterus. They become so large that the stomach starts looking bigger from one side.
Pedunculated Fibroids – When Subserosal Fibroids start growing stalk to support the fibroid tumor, it is called Pedunculated Fibroids.
Submucosal Fibroids – These types of fibroids grow inside the inner lining of the uterus. Although these are not common, when they grow they create some serious problems such as heavy bleeding, pelvic pressure, the frequent urge of urination, and problems with fertility.
What Are Some Common Causes Of Fibroids?
Well, professionals and scientists still not able to discover the exact cause of fibroids, but some factors that influence the growth of fibroids are:
Hormones: Ovaries produce hormones such as Estrogen that are in charge of changing the lining of the uterus. Sometimes these hormones cause the development of fibroid tumors.
Pregnancy: During pregnancy, the female body starts producing an additional amount of estrogen and progesterone that can develop or increase fibroids quickly.
Family History: Fibroids can come through your genetics. If any member of your family had them, then chances are high you will also get them. This includes your grandmother, mother, or even your sister.
Who Are On Higher Risk Of Getting Fibroids?
Pregnancy and Family History are the two biggest contributors to the development and growth of uterine fibroids. However, other women are also on higher risk who are:
- Over 45 age
- African Decent
- Obese or Overweight.
What Are Some Common Symptoms Of Fibroids?
Fibroids symptoms vary from person to person because they depend on the size, location, and a number of fibroids in the body.
Many women are living with fibroids, and they don’t seek any treatment for them because they don’t have any symptoms.
Additionally, fibroids can shrink automatically after menopause.
Some common symptoms of fibroids are:
- Back pain
- Frequent urination
- Longer menstruation
- Heavy bleeding in periods
- Menstrual cramps
- Pain during a sexual encounter
- Bloating, and pressure in the lower abdomen
How Are Fibroids Diagnosed?
First of all, check if you have fibroids symptoms mentioned above. If you are getting some of these symptoms then talk with the gynaecologist and ask for the pelvic examination. Your gynaecologist will use this examination to examine the size, condition, and health of your uterus.
Your gynaecologist may suggest one or more of these tests:
Ultrasound: In this kind of test, high-frequency sound waves enter into your body and create an image of your uterus. This test helps your gynaecologist to find the type of fibroids you have and what type of treatment will be best suited for you.
Transvaginal Ultrasound: This is an improved type of ultrasound in which a doctor inserts an ultrasound transducer into your vagina. The sound waves generate an image of the uterus and this is more accurate because it is much closer to the uterus.
Pelvic Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): In this test, an imaging device used to generate images of your uterus, ovaries, and pelvic region.
How To Treat Fibroids:
When it comes to fibroids treatment then many women prefer natural remedies. This is because natural remedies cost much less than medications and surgery and also remedies usually don’t give any negative effects.
You can also talk with your doctor to create a fibroids treatment plan for you. Doctors usually suggest prescription medications to see if they are working for you.
If medicines don’t reduce fibroids symptoms then the doctor suggests fibroids surgery. However, you can start with home remedies and see if they work or not.
When I got fibroids, I treat them using natural fibroids diet. I tried many vegetables, plants, fruits, herbs, and vitamin supplements to dissolve these fibroid tumors naturally.
Home remedies take time to deliver results, but they not only treat the condition, but they also improve the digestion system that helps in absorbing nutrients and minerals.
If you want to start using natural remedies, then Fibroids Miracle’s 3-Step Approach is a good plan to start.
I have also provided by a 3-step fibroids treatment plan that has celery juice that has powerful properties to balance hormone, then it shows fibroids diet, and the last step is the popular castor oil pack.
Doctors prescribe medications to balance hormones. These medicines can reduce the level of estrogen and progesterone hormones in your body.
These medicines can also reduce heavy menstruation that leads to shrinkage of fibroid tumors.
If you are having heavy bleeding, then the doctor can suggest:
- Intrauterine Devices (IUDs)
- Birth Control Pills
Doctors suggest fibroids surgery as the last option for the treatment of fibroids. This is because surgeries are expensive, and another reason is, a patient has to take up to a month off from your work.
Abdominal myomectomy is a common surgical procedure for fibroids in which the doctor put an incision (also called ‘Bikini-cut’) in the abdomen region to remove fibroids. This surgical procedure also is done through laparoscopy to reduce the scar marks.
However, if myomectomy is not possible and you have no plan to deliver a child in the future then the doctor can also suggest hysterectomy.
There are also some minimally invasive procedures. These are:
- Ultrasound Surgery – High-frequency sound waves are used to destroy fibroid tumors.
- Myolysis – In this surgery, a doctor uses an electric current to reduce fibroids size.
- Cryomyolysis uses to freeze fibroids.
- Endometrial Ablation — Doctor destroys uterine lining using current, heat, cold, or microwaves.
In short, there are many surgical procedures to treat fibroids. When you are in doubt then ask from the doctor or post them below. I will try to answer them as soon as possible.