You might be thinking… why do I care about fibroids? Or you might be thinking, “Help, what is going on with my body, is it fibroids?” Hopefully this blog will help you figure out common factors behind uterine fibroid growth and answer all of your questions. Many women have fibroids with no symptoms, whereas others experience pain, bleeding, or both.
Uterine fibroids are also called leiomyomas or myomas. These fibroids are almost always benign (not cancerous) tumors of various sizes. A cancerous fibroid will happen rarely, less than 1 in a 1,000, some say 1 in 2,000.
They grow in the female reproductive system and are a combination of muscle and fibrous tissue. They are commonly seen in women in their 40’s and 50’s as well as in women who are overweight. By 45, 70% of women will have developed at least one fibroid.
You’re thinking… well if 70% of women will have one! Then it’s super common. I might have one right now. Heck, I (the writer) might have one right now too! A lot of women might develop one but size and amount that grow make a difference. Fibroids can actually be microscopic but they can grow as large as a basketball. They can grow in a few places, like the wall of the uterus, on the outside of the uterus and under the inside layer of the uterus.
Types of fibroids
- intramural fibroids grow inside the uterus walls
- submucosal fibroids grow into the hollow cavity of your uterus
- subserosal fibroids grow out of the surface of your uterus
- pedunculated fibroids grow both inside and outside the uterus.
What you need to know!
First of all, it is important to remember that not all women who have fibroids will experience symptoms.
I’ll be the first to say that looking at a list of symptoms and self diagnosing is nerve wracking. It’s also confusing since some symptoms (like the ones I’m about to list) can be caused be many things going on in your body.
Some symptoms you might experience are:
- Feeling of fullness in the lower stomach
- Enlargement of the lower abdomen
- Frequent urination
- Discomfort near rectum
- Pain during sex
- Lower back pain
These next symptoms are more concerning and if you experience them, you should see a doctor as soon as possible.
- Prolonged pelvic pain
- Painful and long periods with heavy bleeding
- Spotting or bleeding between periods
- Difficulty emptying your bladder
- Anemia (unexplained low red blood cell count)
If you’re worried about fibroids and are pregnant, talk to your doctor as fibroids may lead to complications during pregnancy.
Factors that might make you more susceptible to Fibroids:
Studies have found a few common factors behind uterine fibroid growth. Here are some risk factors to be aware of:
- Heredity: If someone in your family like your mother or sister has fibroids, you have an increased risk of developing them.
- Race: Many women of reproductive age develop fibroids though studies show that black women are more likely to have fibroids and to have them at younger ages, with more-severe symptoms.
- Health: Obesity, vitamin D deficiencies, and diets that are high in red meat and alcohol consumption appear to increase the risk of fibroid development.
Besides the above factors, studies believe some women develop fibroids over others because of an imbalance of estrogen and progesterone levels. Which is why when women experience menopause, their fibroids shrink because their bodies stop producing estrogen.
Can I stop them from growing?
Not a lot of studies have actual solutions to stop fibroid growth but there is limited information that can maybe lead to results. Fibroids grow when estrogen levels are high, and progesterone is low. Having balanced hormones may limit their size. Meaning your hormones being out of balance is the contributing factor. If you’re suffering from PCOS and weight gain, you could be at risk. A possible solution is S’moo, many women have been using it to rebalance their hormones and help them manage PCOS and weight gain. S’moo may help your body rebalance those hormones and help you battle any symptoms related to hormone imbalances.
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