The most common benign tumors in females and typically found during the middle and later reproductive years. While most fibroids are asymptomatic, they can grow and cause heavy and painful menstruation, painful sexual intercourse, urinary frequency and urgency. Some fibroids may interfere with pregnancy although this appears to be very .
Signs & Symptoms
Fibroids, particularly when small, may be entirely asymptomatic. Symptoms depend on the location of the lesion and its size. Important symptoms include:
- abnormal gynecologic hemorrhage,
- heavy or painful periods,
- abdominal discomfort or bloating,
- painful defecation,
- back ache,
- urinary frequency or retention,
- in some cases, infertility.
- pain during intercourse, depending on the location of the fibroid
During pregnancy they may also be the cause of miscarriage, bleeding, premature labor, or interference with the position of the fetus.
My mom had her fibroids removed when she was in her late 40s. My little sister was diagnosed with fibroids when she was in her late 20s and the doctor had suggested to remove it. However, since 2 of her best friends had removed their fibroids few years before that and then having a tough time to conceive, my mom had advised against it. Alhamdulillah, after seeking second opinion, another doctor gave her some medication that had managed to shrink the fibroid and it had naturally gone out of her system.
The above example is just to demonstrate how common fibroid is nowadays. I have heard cases where a 21 year old girl had to undergo a surgery to remove her fibroids. Perhaps there are no way to prevent fibroids due to it being link to our daily diets. However, there are now alternative ways to treat it besides operation.