Fibroids are a condition which affects approximately 75% of women during their lifetime. However, despite how common they are, many women are left feeling ignored and unsupported when they seek help for the condition.
If you have fibroids, or if you suspect you do, it’s common to have questions that may not have been answered by your doctor. So, to help, here you’ll discover the answers to some of the most Googled questions about fibroids.
Fibroids FAQs: What are fibroids?
Fibroids are classed as benign overgrowths of the womb and uterus muscle layer. They are non-cancerous and otherwise referred to as myomas. What many women don’t realise is that there are actually different types of fibroids you can develop. These include:
The Intramural type tends to grow almost exclusively within the wall. Submucosal fibroids are known to grow inwards and push through the uterine cavity. The Subserosal type, on the other hand, grow outwards and are known to often poke through the uterine wall.
You can have one, or multiple fibroids at the same time. You can even have different types of fibroids at the same time. Many women don’t even realise they have them as they don’t always present noticeable symptoms. However, for others, the symptoms can be quite severe.
Fibroids FAQs: What symptoms do they present?
Although symptoms can vary between women, the main ones include:
- Heavy and painful menstrual bleeding
- More frequent urination
- Pain during intercourse
- Fertility issues
The most common symptom is heavier, more painful menstruation. Fibroids are known to increase the space within the womb. This, in turn, leaves additional space for the lining of the womb to grow, meaning more of it will shed during menstruation.
If the fibroids are pressing down on the bladder, you’ll also feel the need to urinate more frequently. You may also experience pain during intercourse and in a very small number of women, it could contribute to fertility issues.
Fibroids FAQs: Can fibroids be treated naturally?
The only natural thing known to treat fibroids is the menopause. Besides that, unfortunately, there aren’t any effective natural treatments known to eliminate them.
This is because fibroids tend to grow due to changing oestrogen levels. During the menopause, the levels drop, and periods stop. This means the symptoms of fibroids often disappear completely.
One thing you could potentially try is eating a healthy diet packed full of fibre. This is because the fibre encourages the liver to break down oestrogen. So, if the levels are lower, fibroids are less likely to develop. However, it’s worth noting even women who do follow a healthy, fibre packed diet can still develop fibroids.
Fibroids FAQs: Will they need to be removed?
The only way to effectively treat fibroids is to have them removed. However, the majority of women find they don’t need to go under the knife. Instead, most fibroids clear up on their own.
They are detected via ultrasound and depending upon their size, location and severity, the surgeon may decide that they don’t need to be removed. However, if they are causing serious problems such as infertility and severe pain, surgery would be the best way to remove them.
If you suspect you have fibroids, book a consultation with a female health specialist today. This will help to determine whether you do have them and whether they need to be treated.