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*Symptoms of Fibroids

Can fibroids cause bleeding, back pain or other unusual symptoms? It’s possible, but not every woman who has them experiences any noticeable symptoms at all. About 70 percent to 80 percent of women experience fibroids by the age of 50, but many will remain unaware that they have them. It’s common for a woman to find out that she has them only during a routine exam or when she becomes pregnant and has ultrasounds performed.

When symptoms due to uterine fibroids do occur, here are some of the most common:
*Heavy menstrual bleeding
*Menstrual period lasting seven days or longer
*Bloating or fullness in the stomach/pelvic region
*Pelvic pressure or pain
*Frequent urination
*Difficulty emptying your bladder
*Pain with intercourse
*Backache or leg pains
*Reproductive issues, including infertility and miscarriages

*Uterine Fibroids During Pregnancy:

When a woman has fibroids during pregnancy, what are some signs to look for or symptoms that might occur? Sometimes fibroids can cause complications during pregnancy and labor, including leading to to a six-time greater risk of needing a cesarean section. They may also contribute to infertility if they are severe. It may be harder for an egg to become fertilized and then implant on the lining of the uterus when a large fibroid is present.

A woman’s OB-GYN might recommend that she take medications prior to becoming pregnant in order to help shrink fibroids. In severe cases surgery might also be performed before pregnancy, but it cannot be performed once a woman is already pregnant because this can lead to blood loss and pre-term labor. It’s long been thought that fibroids increased the risk of miscarriage during the first and second trimester. However, a new meta-analysis showed no significant increase in spontaneous miscarriage risk among women with leiomyomas (fibroids) compared to those without.

It is possible that fibroids may increase risk for pre-term labor or complications during delivery including obstruction of the birth canal. However, not every woman with fibroids who becomes pregnant will experience any serious complications or symptoms.
Fibroids can increase in size during pregnancy due to increased levels of estrogen. Bleeding and abdominal pain might also occur during pregnancy if the fibroid begins to lose its blood supply. A woman’s doctor will likely recommend that she have more ultrasounds performed during pregnancy than normal in order to monitor her fibroids.

*Types of Fibroids

The medical term for fibroids is leiomyoma or myoma. The location, size and number of fibroids influences the severity of symptoms that a woman will experience. It is possible to have more than one type of fibroid at the same time if they develop in different parts of the reproductive system.

The main types of fibroids that can grow in a woman’s body include:

*Intramural fibroids — Intramural fibroids are the most common type of fibroid. They grow within the muscular uterine wall. If they’re large enough, they can actually distort and stretch the uterus or womb. They can also cause prolonged, heavy periods along with pressure and pain in the pelvic region.

*Subserosal fibroids — Fibroids that grow outside the walls of the uterus sometimes press on the bladder, causing urinary symptoms like difficulty emptying your bladder. This type may also sometimes cause backaches. Backaches may occur when subserosal fibroids bulge from the back of your uterus and press on your spinal nerves, causing pressure in your back.

*Penducluated fibroids — These fibroids grow on small stalks inside or outside of the uterus.
Submucosal fibroids — These grow just underneath the uterine lining. This type of fibroid is more likely to cause heavy, prolonged menstrual bleeding. They can also sometimes cause problems for women trying to get pregnant. Submucosal tumors are not as common as other types.

*Cervical fibroids — These grow in the cervical tissue, but they are rare compared to the other types of fibroids.

*Risk Factors & Root Causes of Fibroids

What are the root causes of fibroids? The following factors can raise a woman’s risk for developing fibroids:

*Heredity : A woman with a mother or sister who had/has fibroids is more likely to develop them herself.
*Age : Fibroids tend to appear when a woman is in her 30s and 40s.
*Race : African-American women are two to three times more likely to develop fibroids than women of other races or ethnicities. Black women tend to have them at younger ages, and have more that are larger.
*Diet: Eating a lot of poor quality beef and any type of pork is linked to higher fibroid risk.
*Obesity : Women who are overweight or obese are more likely to develop fibroids compared to women who maintain a healthy weight.
*High Blood Pressure : High blood pressure or hypertension seems to increase a woman’s risk of fibroids.
*Hypothyroidism : Overt hypothyroidism has been associated with the presence of uterine leiomyomas (fibroids).
*Early menstruation : Women who begin menstruation prior to the age of 10 are at a higher risk for fibroids than women who started menstruating after the age of 10.
*Birth control: Taking birth control pills can make fibroids grow more quickly because of the increased estrogen level in the body. Foods that are high in estrogen, and hormone-disrupting chemicals that mimic estrogen, may also play a role in the development of fibroids.

Doctors aren’t exactly sure what causes fibroids, but research and clinical experience point to a few likely factors. Fibroids seem to grow from a single smooth muscle cell but then continue expanding where they shouldn’t. Since fibroids run in families, they appear to be genetic to some extent. For example, identical twins are more likely to both have them than nonidentical twins. Many fibroids also contain changes in genes that are different from the genes in normal uterine muscle cells.

Hormone imbalances are another root cause of fibroids. Estrogen and progesterone hormones are responsible for stimulating the growth of the uterine lining each month in preparation for a possible pregnancy. Estrogen and progesterone also appear to promote the growth of fibroids, which contain more estrogen and progesterone receptors than normal uterine muscle cells. Another reason this hormone theory makes sense is the fact that they tend to shrink after a woman goes through menopause.
Menopause coincides with a decline in a woman’s hormone levels.

*Fibroids vs. Polyps

The uterus contains two types of tissue. The inner lining or endometrium is the tissue that sheds monthly during menstruation. However, most of the uterus is made up of muscle tissue, or myometrium . Both the endometrium and myometrium are capable of producing benign “tumors.” An overgrowth of the endometrium causes uterine polyps, while an overgrowth of the myometrium causes myomas or fibroids.

*Their makeup:
Fibroids are made up of hard muscle tissue that grow within the myometrium lining of the uterus.
Polyps are made of endometrial tissue and are malleable, stemming from the inner lining of the uterus.
*Size of polyps:
Polyps are typically very small, ranging from a few millimeters to centimeters.
Fibroids are usually larger than polyps, ranging in size from millimeters to the size of watermelons.
*Potential for cancer:
Polyps can develop into cancer, although this is rare.
Fibroids are benign growths and not linked to higher cancer risk.
*Pain symptoms:
Fibroids can cause pain, pressure, menstrual changes and discomfort.
Polyps generally do not cause any pain and often go unnoticed.

(Written by:
Dr Osiyemi Abosede Christiana O.
GVM Chief Gynaecologist
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