Information we all need to know about fibroids.
Today I would like to discuss a very important issue that affects many women in today’s society. As I have constantly stressed to you, your body gives you signs when something is wrong and it’s up to you to take heed to the warning signs. Recently I had a very close friend of mine undergo surgery due to her constant suffering with fibroids. These fibroids actually were a sign of a more deep rooted situation and because she took action she was able to get help and prevent deeper life threatening health issues. I was not previously aware of what it was and never thought to check it out until my friend began confiding in me about fibroids and how it had affected her life. Although I was a true friend and lent an ear when she needed it, this issue began to scare me and made me realize that this is something I ought to look into. As such I wanted to share this with you and discuss some things we should be concerned about and defintitely become more aware of.
In today’s society many women don’t see their health as important. It’s always put on the back burner so we can focus on more pressing issues life is throwing our way. I myself have been one of these women and in my younger years failed to see the importance of getting check ups and yearly exams. I tended to seek assistance with health issues that bothered me at the moment and needed immediate attention. This unfortunately is how many of us live on a daily basis. However it’s not good and costs us quite a bit both financially and physically. So instead of ignoring our health and waiting until an emergency arises we should start to focus on preventive care. Preventive care can be as simple as monitoring your body’s systems like your mensturation, diet, and other important systems. This will allow you to see when something is off right away and take action.
What is a fibroid
Fibroids are tumors that grow within or on the walls of the uterus. Treatment for this issue ranges from medicines to surgery for the more severe cases. In my friend’s case when she underwent testings requested by the doctor her doctor noticed abnormal cells which could later become cancerous. So in this case she had to undergo a procedure called Hysterectomy where your uterus is removed. Not all cases may require this type of surgery but it’s best to find out if you suffer with fibroids. Since our bodies all work differently some may experience various sysmptoms from having fibroids.
There are four types of fibroids.
Intramural: Fibroids grow into the uterine wall. These are the most common type.
Subserosal: They grow on the outside of the uterine wall.
Pedunculated: These types grow on stalks or stems. The stems are attached to the wall and can grow outside or inside of the uterine cavity.
Submucosal: Fibroids grow below the thin layer of tissue found in the uterus. They can protrude into the uterine cavity and are the rarest type.
Symptoms of fibroids
- Heavy Menstrual Bleeding
- Having menstrual cycle last for prolonged time periods
- Spotting and Bleeding between your cycle
- Severe abdominal pain and pressure
- Back ache
- Frequent Urination
Fibroids are common among women during reproductive age from 16 to 50 years of age. The severity in one’s case depends on the size of the fibroids and the symptoms the woman may be experiencing. Approvimately 80% of American women have or had fibroids in their lifetime.
Doctors can detect these tumors through pelvic examination.
Ultrasound- Scan over abdomen/or inserting unltrasound probe into vagina
Hysteroscopy-Uses a camera to examine instide of the womb. This way doctor can take biopsy to identify cancerous cells in the area.
MRI-Done to determine size and quantity of fibroids.
Laparoscopy-Uses camera to examine outside of the womb and surrounding areas. Biopsy can be done to test the ouiter layer of the wom during this examination.
There hasn’t been any direct cause for fibroids.
Unhealthy habits that make women a higher risk in developing fibroids:
consume heavy amounts of alcohol daily
Vitamin D deficiency
Another risk factor that has been found is women who use hair products that contain checmicals know as phthalates found in relaxers. These chemcals stimulate estrogen production and cause body to have too much female hormones which contributes to fibroid growth.
For many reasons women who have fibroids suffer in silence. It can be for many different reasos from not getting diagnosed to thinking they’re the only ones experiencing this ailment. This is why it’s important to build up and surround yourself with people who are understanding and comforting in your time of need. Everyone needs a shoulder to cry on and someone to just listen and lend a hand. Part of the road to recovery is treatment as well as love. Never underestimate a kind word and know that you have someone to turn to.
Until next time stay focused on your goals and stay healthy.