Fibroids don’t have clear signs and symptoms. However, there are certain symptoms a woman with fibroids will show. Before you understand the signs and symptoms of fibroids, you should know some key facts:
- Who is at risk?
- Where do they grow?
- When to see the doctor
- Who susceptible to them?
The following are some of the risk factors that can increase your risk of fibroids:
You are likely to develop fibroids between your 30’s and 40’s. However during menopause, the chances of developing fibroids are minimal.
Family history: If your family has a history of fibroids, your chances of developing them are higher.
Ethnic origin: It has been established that fibroids are more common in African-American women.
Obese women: If you are obese, your risk of developing fibroids is higher.
Lifestyle: Red meat is a major risk factor
Where do fibroids grow?
According to research, fibroids grow in the woman’s uterine wall. Depending on where they grow, fibroids are divided into three categories:
• Submucosal: The uterine cavity
• Intramural: The uterine wall
• Subserosal: The outside of the woman’s uterus
The signs and symptoms of fibroids
You may not develop clear signs and symptoms if you have fibroids. However, some women who are suffering from fibroids will show the following signs and symptoms:
If the bleeding is too heavy, it can lead to anemia. It can also lead to painful periods.
Fullness of the pelvic area
If you have developed fibroids, fullness in the lower stomach area is apparent.
An enlarged lower abdomen
Women with fibroids can also witness an enlarged lower abdomen
This is another key symptom of fibroids. This is usually brought about by increased pressure on the gallbladder.
Pain during sex
You may experience pain during sexual intercourse.
Acute lower back pain
If you are suffering from fibroids, you may experience acute pain in your back.
Pregnancy and labor complications
Women with fibroids will usually have problems during pregnancy as well as labor.
Problems like infertility can set in if you are suffering from fibroids. According to research, such complications are rare.
When to see your doctor
Treating fibroids in advance is very important. You should see your doctor immediately in the following situations:
• If the pain in the pelvic doesn't subside
• If you experience heavy, prolonged, painful periods
• If you experience spotting and bleeding between periods
• Difficulty emptying your bladder
You are also advised to consult your doctor if you experience severe vaginal bleeding and sharp pelvic pain.
It is also important to note that the location, size, as well as the number of fibroids, can influence symptoms. Therefore, it is vital that you consult your doctor as soon as possible to design the best treatment and health care plan for you.
- Family history