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June 29th 2015

7 Facts About Fibroids You Need to Know

A uterine fibroid is a benign tumor from smooth muscle tissue that originates from the smooth muscle layer of the uterus. It is often multiple in number.

Fibroids are the most common benign tumors in females and typically found during the middle and later reproductive years.

While most fibroids don’t show symptoms, important signs include abnormal uterine bleeding, heavy or painful periods, abdominal discomfort or bloating, painful defecation, back ache, urinary frequency or retention, and in some cases, infertility.

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There may also be 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.

Here are 7 facts about fibroids every women must know:

1. Uterine fibroids can affect women of all ages, but are most common in women ages 40 to 50.

2. Fibroids are diagnosed with an ultrasound in a gynecologist’s office.

3. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is also used to determine how fibroids can be treated and provide information about any underlying disease.

4. Uterine fibroids can be treated with surgery, including hysterectomy, which removes the entire uterus, and myomectomy, which removes the fibroids but leaves the uterus. Both are major surgeries. However not all fibroids need to be treated.

5. Uterine fibroids vary in size. Many are microscopic, while some are as big as oranges. But even if you have the scary one, its size and position usually means there’s no pregnancy or miscarriage threat.

6. A common misconception about fibroids is that they are cancerous, which isn’t true. They’re benign growths in the muscle of the womb. Many women have them, often without knowing it.

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7. Being overweight can increase your chances of getting fibroids. Maintaining a healthy weight is one thing you can do, cheaply and without visiting your doctor, to keep uterine fibroids in check.

Fibroids stand as a leading problem for a large portion of women. Up to 40 percent of women age 35 and older have uterine fibroids of a significant size.

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