What is a Uterine Fibroid Tumor?
The word tumor simply means a “swelling.” There are many kinds of tumors. They are named according to the tissues involve, such as glandular, muscular, fibrous, fatty, etc., and there are also cancerous tumors. Fortunately, fibroids are non cancerous tumors. Any one of these tumors may enlarge rapidly and become ulcerated. A fibroid can cause acute pain when it outgrows its blood supply. Deprived of nutrients, the fibroid begins to die. Byproducts from a degenerating fibroid can seep into surrounding tissue, causing pain and fever. A fibroid that hangs by a stalk inside or outside the uterus (pedunculated fibroid) can trigger pain by twisting on its stalk and cutting off its blood supply.
Fibroid tumors of the uterus are a modern-day plague of women. The muscle fiber of the uterus weakens and develops a bump-like ballooning out, similar to a hemorrhoid or varicose vein. Inside the fibroid capsule, there can be rotten blood, trapped veins, arteries, cellular waste, and a mass of muscle or fluid pus. The tumor can be the size of a bean or as large as a grapefruit or fetus. It can have various shapes, such as flat, oval, spider web like, mushroom, needle like or even grow like a tree. Fibroids are usually benign and some do not require surgery. They tend to shrink during menopause due to decreased estrogen production; however, sometimes they can grow during menopause.
Symptoms of fibroids include bloating, heavy menstrual bleeding, infertility, pain during intercourse, frequent urination, a feeling of pressure or pain in the pelvic area and constipation. Fibroids can be treated with the permanent removal of the uterus, through a hysterectomy or by doing a focused ultrasound surgery to neutralize the fibroids. A myomectomy, which involves the surgical removal of the fibroids, also allows women to have children later on while reducing the pain and bleeding they experience.
Risk factors: There are few known risk factors for uterine fibroids, other than being a woman of reproductive age. Other factors include: Heredity- If your mother or sister had fibroids, you’re at increased risk of also developing them. Black women are more likely to have fibroids than are women of other racial groups. In addition, black women have fibroids at younger ages, and they’re also likely to have more or larger fibroids.
I developed my fibroids at an early age and suffered many years until I found a natural alternative to an operation.