A Uterine fibroid or simply Fibroid is a benign (non-cancerous) growth of the womb (uterus). They are also called uterine myomas, fibromyomas or leiomyomas.
Uterine fibroids are not associated with an increased risk of uterine cancer and almost never develop into cancer.
Their size can vary from as small as a pea and some can be as big as a water melon, and over time, they can increase in size, decrease in size or even go away. They can occur anywhere in the uterus and are named according to where they grow.
Uterine fibroids are quite common. As many as 1 in 5 women may have fibroids during their childbearing years (between the start of menstruation and just before menopause). Half of all women have fibroids by age 50, however, they are rare in women under age 20. They have also been found to be more common in women of African descent than in any other race.
It is not clear why fibroids develop. What is known is that they are sensitive to oestrogen, the hormone that is made in the ovary. Fibroids tend to swell when levels of oestrogen are high - for example, during pregnancy. They also shrink when oestrogen levels are low - after the menopause. This shrinkage of the fibroids after menopause may be delayed if you take hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
Although the cause is unknown, research and clinical experience point to certain risk factors.
Fibroids, particularly when small, may be entirely asymptomatic. Symptoms depend on the location of the lesion and its size. Where symptoms exist, the most common include:
If you are one of those persons who continue to suffer from this disease despite the best efforts of your doctor, it is time to consider the use of a Herbal tea drink. Talk to your doctor and then talk to us.
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