A type of noncancerous growth of the uterus which will appear especially during the pregnancy years among women is uterine fibroids. It is sometimes called myomas or leiomyomas which almost never develop into any cancerous condition. Uterine fibroids are very common among women and is usually harmless unless it is not treated.
Uterine Fibroids happen to women where it can come from through the development of a smooth muscular tissue of the uterus where a single cell starts to divide and then forming a rubbery mass. This growth can be both fast and slow depending on the condition and it can grow into various sizes. Fibroids will occur most particularly during pregnancy and in most cases, it will expand the uterus but would disappear after childbirth and is not related to cervical cancer in although it occurs around the same location. This is when the uterus will then revert back to its normal size but it is often difficult to see.
Preventing fibroid can be quite impossible as it is a harmless condition. However, due to the growth, it can create a lot of discomfort especially among pregnant women. Among the preventive measures recommended includes reducing intake of estrogen as it can lead to menstrual problems. Practicing a careful diet would be the ideal option while obtaining a complete gynaecological evaluation would give you a clear indication of what you should do. Meanwhile, reduce the intake of meats like tuna and cold-water fish while taking more high fiber foods like vegetables and fruits.
Your doctor will carry out a routine pelvic examination to ascertain if you have uterine fibroids. For pregnant women, this will be done during a standard checkup. Your doctor will then be able to determine the presence of fibroids if any irregularities for the uterus shape are discovered. As such, an ultrasound might be carried out to confirm the findings where an image of your uterus will be captured. Besides that, lab tests would need to be carried out if there is abnormal vaginal bleeding where you doctor needs to determine the cause of the bleed. Other types of diagnosis like MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) and Hysterosonography might be carried out as well.
If you have uterine fibroids, you would experience several types of symptoms. This includes unusual heavy menstrual bleeding and unusually pain in the pelvis. Besides that, unusual pressure on the pelvis can be signs of fibroids as well. If you have prolonged menstrual periods lasting more than 7 days of bleeding, then you should have the condition checked as soon as possible. Other signs like backache and leg pains are common signs of this condition while you could experience too frequent urination and difficulty to empty your bladder in certain cases.
Your family physician will be able to treat normal conditions related to fibroids but you might need more close monitoring from specialists in this area. This is where you should get a thorough examination from your gynaecologist who will be able to access you through all possible means. As this is quite a common condition among women, the gynaecologist will be the best expert to see because they are trained in the treatment of this condition whether invasive or non-invasive treatment would be required
To treat uterine fibroids, medications are used to regulate your menstrual cycle like Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (Gn-RH) agonists. This includes lupron and synarel which helps to block the production of estrogen and progresterone known to increase the chance of fibroid growth. This effectively stops your menstruation and helps to reduce the size of the fibroids. Progestin-releasing intrauterine device (IUD) meanwhile is used to relieve heavy bleeding which is triggered by the growth while you could be prescribed with NSAIDs (Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).
If you have been diagnosed with uterine fibroids, you will have to take certain types of medication with proper treatment. Meanwhile, you can use a castor oil pack and apply it on your abdomen. This will help to regulate and invoke the lymphatic systems which will then kill the toxins that are causing the disease from the body. Castor oil contains anti-inflammatory properties which helps to shrink fibroids while relieving pain along the way. You can use chasteberry to help lower your estrogen levels and reduce inflammation in the fibroid which has been used to regulate menstruation as well. Milk thistle and dandelion are known to be used to help reduce the growth of fibroid while drinking milk can help to reduce the proliferation of cells as well. As such, taking more dairy products if you have fibroid will help to relieve the pain.
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