As you get older, you are prone to having diseases and for a woman like you some diseases are affected by the presence or absence of certain hormones in your body. One of the common diseases that plague women belonging to the 35-55 age groups is the presence of fibroid tumor in the uterus. However, there are some women who do not know the symptoms of that they need to watch out for this disease. It is important that you gain knowledge of what this disease is all about – the disease process, the causes, the fibroid tumor symptoms, and the treatment process.
Fibroid tumors are considered to be non-malignant tumors that grows on the womb or the uterus of a woman. It is made up of smooth muscles of the wall of the uterus. Either they can occur as a one tumor or they can develop into clusters of tumors. There are many types of fibroid tumors. They can be present within the walls of the uterus, into the muscular wall, or on the surface of the uterine wall. However, you must keep in mind that fibroid tumor is a misnomer. They are not made of fibrous tissue but rather smooth muscle tissues.
The causes for the growth of these tumors are not yet known. There are claims that there is a certain gene that predisposes a woman to have this growth as certain studies reveal the presence of a positive family history. Another important thing to take note is that the growth of this tumor is greatly affected by the presence of estrogen. This is the reason why the growth may start as early as 20 years old and tend to reduce in size right after menopause. You may also notice that bleeding may be heavier during menstruation period when estrogen is at its highest peak.
Uterine fibroid tumor symptoms only occur when the tumor reaches a size that is already too big. When the tumor is still small, you may not experience any symptoms of fibroid tumor. Some of the symptoms include:
• vaginal bleeding that is irregular
• excessive vaginal bleeding
• feeling of incessant pressure on the bladder that eventually leads to urinary frequency, urinary urgency, and urinary incontinence
• lower abdominal pain
• feeling of pressure on the pelvis
• inability to conceive
• presence of a pelvic mass
The treatment for the uterine fibroid tumor symptoms would depend on its severity, the size of the tumor, the location of the tumor, your age, and your wants or preference. If the symptoms are not severe, no intervention may be necessary. However, if the tumor is big already, a hysterectomy may be warranted. However, if you still have a desire to have kids, you may be given medications to shrink the mass. If you are nearing menopause, many medical specialists would opt to wait for your menopause since the mass would surely reduce in size.
Heavy, excessive menstrual flow
Pelvic pain and pressure
Urinary incontinence and frequency
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