What are Uterine Fibroids? Should you worry about them?

Uterine fibroids, also known as myomas or leiomyomas are non-cancerous growths or

lumps in or on the surroundings of the uterus. Uterine fibroids mainly appear in the age group 30 years to 40 years however one’s chances of having a fibroid in the uterus increases ever since hitting puberty due to an increase in the level of estrogen and progesterone.

Uterine fibroids are in no way associated with uterine cancer and they have an almost negligible amount of chance of developing into a cancerous cell.

Symptoms of uterine fibroids

Most Common symptoms of uterine fibroids are:

● Leg pain, backache

● Constipation

● Heavy bleeding during menstruation.

● Frequent urination

● Pelvic pain or pressure around the pelvic region.

● Weight gain even if you are eating less and following a healthy diet and lifestyle.

Shape and Size of Uterine Fibroids

Uterine fibroids can be of different shapes and sizes. They can be as small as a seedling or can enlarge to big masses. If these fibroids enlarge into big masses they have the potential to distort and even make your womb look bigger.

Almost 80% of women have fibroids at some stage of their lives but most do not know about having one as fibroids often show no symptoms.

Causes of Uterine fibroids

Following are the potential factors that can cause uterine fibroids:

Hormones

As estrogen and progesterone are the main hormones that form the lining of your uterine walls

during menstrual periods, these same are the biggest factors that promote the growth of uterine

Fibroids.

Genetic

If your family (female members) has a history of uterine fibroids, you are too likely to develop

these at some stage of your life.

Pregnancy