10 Things Every Woman Should Know About Fibroid
Fibroid tumors are benign (noncancerous) growths that occur on the uterus’ muscular wall. They may be microscopic or large enough to fill the entire abdominal cavity, in some cases as large as a five-month pregnancy.
Below are 10 things every woman should know about Fibroid:
- Uterine fibroids can affect women of any age, but they are most prevalent in women between the ages of 40 and 50 years.
- Depending on the size, location, and number of fibroids, common symptoms include pelvic pain and pressure; excessive bleeding, including prolonged periods and clot passage, which can lead to anemia; abdominal swelling; pressure on the bladder, causing frequent urination; pressure on the bowel, causing constipation and bloating; and infertility.
- Uterine fibroid tumors are estrogen-dependent, meaning they thrive on it. In fact, uterine fibroid tumors never appear before menstruation, when the female body begins producing estrogen.
- Because of the extra estrogen produced by the body during pregnancy, fibroid tumors often grow extremely quickly. Most women who have fibroid tumors and are able to postpone treatment until after menopause find that their uterine fibroid tumors shrink and disappear once estrogen production in the body ceases.
- Cancerous uterine fibroid tumors are extremely rare.
- An ultrasound is used to diagnose fibroids in the gynecologist’s office. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is also used to determine how fibroids can be treated and to reveal any underlying disease.
- Myomectomy, or fibroids removal surgery, can be used to treat uterine fibroids.
- Laparoscopic Myomectomy is a less invasive and safer form of myomectomy that does not require the patient to be cut open.
- High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) is a newer method for treating fibroids that uses real-time ultrasound and high-intensity ultrasound waves to generate localized heat to specifically target individual fibroids and destroy the cells.
- HIFU is less risky than other fibroids treatments because it is non-invasive, has a short recovery time, causes no blood loss, has a low complication rate, and preserves fertility.
Always remember that the first step in diagnosing and treating fibroids is to consult with your gynecologist, who will recommend the best treatment for the fibroids. For more inquiries, contact us at Androcare Fertility Centre, the best infertility treatment in Lagos, Nigeria. Our experts we look into every case regarding fibroid issues. Book an appointment with us today.