Uterine fibroids are solid non-cancerous growths that develop in the uterus or the reproductive system of a woman. They may end up interfering with the healthy lifestyle of a woman. Research that was previously conducted has shown that 20 to 50 percent of women have been diagnosed with this condition. The cause of the condition is yet to be established. Doctors are still looking into it because they have not been able to determine the cause. They have however proven that hormones like estrogen make the situation worse by making the lumps mature rapidly. Women who are experiencing menopause or are obese are more likely to be affected.
Here are some of the common symptoms of uterine fibroids;
The fibroids facilitate heavy vaginal bleeding. They lose a lot of blood that could even lead to anemia. In addition to that, the menstrual cycle is prolonged, and that makes the woman experiencing it very uncomfortable. They may also notice some blood clots and terrible cramps.
Acute Pelvic Pains
As the tumors continue to grow, the women may begin to notice some pressure in their pelvis and abdomen. It may be severe or mild, but it will still make them uncomfortable. In some instances, the uterus may enlarge. That might cause discomfort and a sharp pain that will make it difficult for them to bend or even lie down. Exercising will also become difficult.
Bladder And Rectal Complications
The large tumors will put a lot of pressure on the bladder. That will lead to frequent urination because when the bladder is being pressed, the urge to urinate increases. The bladder’s capacity to hold the usual amount of urine is reduced. Sometimes, the women can try as much as they can, but they will not be able to empty their bladders. When the tumors press against the rectum, they may cause hemorrhoids.
For the tumors to bring about complications during pregnancy, it depends on the size and location of the tumors. When a woman is pregnant, the body releases hormones so that the womb can grow. The hormones increase the rate of growth of the tumors. In turn, the chances of miscarriages or premature births are increased. The big tumors can change how the baby is positioned, and that will bring about complications during delivery.
Due to the above complications, women are advised to go for screening and pap smears so as to detect any complication early and have a healthy reproductive system.