Updated: 2019, Aug 1

What Are The Types, Symptoms & Treatment Of Fibroids?

Fibroids are a tumor of female reproductive system which is common among woman of childbearing age.
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Fibroids are a muscular tumor that grows on the uterus wall. Shutterstock.com

What do you know about Fibroids? Have you heard this term from your doctor before? Or maybe even been diagnosed with this condition. Are you interested to find out everything that there is to know about this condition? Well, you have come to the right place! We decided to dedicate this article to this condition, starting from the causes, symptoms, diagnosis and of course, natural treatments that can help you if you are currently dealing with this condition.

What Does The Term “Fibroids” Stand For?

The term “Fibroids” stands for non-cancerous growths that develop in the urinary tract, most commonly around or in the uterus of women. They are also known by the term “uterine myomas”. These growths are actually tissues made of smooth muscle cells and fibrous connective tissue that is found in the walls of the uterus. The Fibroids can occur in different sizes. It is not uncommon for the Fibroids to develop in small sizes, causing difficulties to detect them.

In addition, some Fibroids remain in the same size, but others may have the ability to either increase or reduce their size over time. The most important thing to remember about Fibroids is that we are talking about benign tissues in 99% of cases. The Fibroids are not related to uterine cancer or to an increased risk of uterine cancer. It is considered that 20 to 50% of women have developed Fibroids in some point of their life, most commonly in the last years of their fertile period[1].

What Causes Fibroids?

Unfortunately, the exact cause for the development of Fibroids is yet unknown. However, what the researchers have been able to confirm until now is that the development of Fibroids is related to the influence of estrogen, one of the most reproductive hormones within women. This explains why Fibroids are so commonly diagnosed in the last few years of the fertile period within women. To sum up – estrogen is one of the major factors that take their role in the development of Fibroids[2].

Another major factor is the genetic alterations that may occur in some women. There are a few risk factors that are known which include – women in their reproductive period, women with family history of Fibroids, and African women who seem to have a bigger risk of developing Fibroids and even at younger age[3]. On the other hand, pregnant women and women who have just given birth have a low risk of developing Fibroids in the near future.

Causes Fibroids

Early detection of fibroids can prevent long term complications. Pinimg.com

What Types Of Fibroids There Are?

There are three types of Fibroids that we know of. Let’s see how they are defined.

  • Intramural Fibroids – Defined as the most common type of Fibroids, the Intramural Fibroids develop within the muscular wall of the uterus. They have the ability to grow larger than the other types of Fibroids;
  • Subserosal Fibroids – Named after their location – they form on the outside of the wall of the uterus (outside of – sub and the outside wall of the uterus is known as a serosa);
  • Submucosal Fibroids – Which develop in the muscular layer of the uterus and grow inside the cavity of the uterus itself.

What Are The Most Common Symptoms?

Not all Fibroids actually cause symptoms to occur. As we mentioned earlier, some Fibroids never reach a size that has the ability to cause symptoms that would make their diagnosis easier. Actually, the severity of the symptoms that Fibroids cause, depending on the size, location, and a number of the Fibroids. However, when the symptoms do occur, they most commonly include:

  • Pelvic pain and cramping;
  • Heavy bleeding between or during your menstrual period
  • Frequent urination or stress incontinence due to the pressing of the Fibroids to the bladder;
  • >Pain during the sexual intercourse
  • Swelling or enlargement of the abdomen.
Common Symptoms

Fibroids may cause heavy period and severe abdominal pain. Shutterstock.com

How Is Fibroids Diagnosed?

The first important step towards setting the right diagnosis is noticing the symptoms and asking for help. Your doctor can perform a variety of tests in order to determine if there are Fibroids present or it is some kind of other medical condition that is causing the symptoms that you have been feeling.

  • X-ray;
  • Pelvic magnetic resonance imaging (Pelvic MRI);
  • Ultrasonography;
  • Hysteroscopy;
  • Endometrial biopsy;
  • Blood test.

What Are The Most Successful Natural Treatments For Fibroids?

Of course, your doctor is the one that will determine the course of treatment. In addition, there are things that you can do for yourself like use the following variety of natural treatments to help those Fibroids disappear.

Natural Treatments

Medical and natural treatment can help you to deal with conditions. Shutterstock.com

  • Lavender oil – Massage your abdomen using lavender oil that has been known to relieve the symptoms caused by Fibroids;
  • Castor oil – Applying warm castor oil on your abdominal area should help reduce the abdominal pain and cramping that you have been feeling;
  • Warm bath/cloth – Staying in a warm bath or applying warm cloth on your abdominal area is yet another way to make sure that those annoying cramps and pain go away;
  • Iron supplements – Because of the heavy bleeding during or between your menstrual period, your body is losing more iron than it should. This can very easily cause anemia to occur. Which is why it is important to take a quality iron supplement to make sure that your body is getting all the iron that it needs;
  • Herbal remedies – There are quite a few herbal remedies that can be used to soothe your symptoms. Try Goldenseal root, Dandelion root and leaf, Ginger root, and Black raspberry root which are only a few of the well-known herbal remedies for Fibroids;
  • Include more sources of fiber in your diet – Fiber is known to help your body to get rid of any extra estrogens which we mentioned earlier as a major factor in the development of Fibroids;
  • Stay away from any processed food, alcohol, caffeine, and saturated fats as much as you can.

Read Next: Can Uterus Really Grow During Menstruation?

Conclusion

We do hope that through our article you successfully found out everything that there is to know about Fibroids. Most importantly, we hope that you understand that this is a condition that the doctors can manage quickly using the variety of both medical and natural treatments. If you notice any of the previously mentioned symptoms, please do ask for a professional opinion and proceed towards resolving this problem. Do not hesitate to ask for help.

Author

Dr. Ahmed Zayed

Dr. Ahmed Zayed Helmy holds a baccalaureate of Medicine and Surgery. He has completed his degree in 2011 at the University of Alexandri

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