Uterine fibroid are abnormal growth that happens in a woman’s uterus and thought here is no reason as to why they form, most of the researchers attribute their growth to hormones and family history. In most cases their growth continues and may cause severe abdominal pain and heavy periods. Most of the fibroid are non-cancerous in nature. Based on their appearance, fibroid are intramural when they appear along the lining of the uterus, subserosal when they appear outside the uterus and pedunculated when they develop in the inner lining of uterus. Irrespective of thee place where they originate, all of them cause heavy menstrual bleeding and pain in the abdomen.
Symptoms of Uterine Fibroid:
Heavy Menstrual Bleeding:
Heavy blood flow during menstrual cycle is one of the most characteristic symptoms of uterine fibroid tumours and is associated with intramural and sub mucous tumours. Not only heavy menstrual bleeding, these fibroid also result in passage of clots, prolonged cycles of bleeding and longer monthly periods. It may sometime affect the routine activities of ladies, since it may soil the undergarments and severe blood loss may lead to fatigue and anaemia, which happens as a result of low red blood cell count.
Pelvic Pain and Pressure:
Since fibroid grow rapidly, they may push or put pressure on the organs adjoining uterus and cause pain in the abdomen or pelvis is quite symptomatic of uterine fibroid and may sometimes lead to abdominal swelling. This swelling is sometimes considered as pregnancy or weight gain and may push away early diagnosis of an important health trouble.
As fibroid grow to phenomenal size, they apply pressure to surrounding organs. Bladder is one of the affected organs and most of the time it leads to urinary incontinence, or the loss of bladder control. This may affect routine functioning as well.
In few cases, these fibroid may generate excessive pressure on the bowel also leading to constipation and/or bloating. It is advised to seek medical advice if these symptoms start disturbing their routine and the pain becomes unbearable.