It seems like if a condition affected the health of over 70 percent of women, most people would know about it. But that isn't the case with uterine fibroids. These noncancerous growths in the uterus typically develop during a woman's childbearing years.
Statistics also show that uterine fibroids affect 80 to 90 percent of African-American women and 70 percent of Caucasian women.
Contributing factors to the development of uterine fibroids include age, being overweight or obese, family history of uterine fibroids and high blood pressure. Uterine fibroids are also more likely to develop in women who have never been pregnant compared to women who have been pregnant.
What Are the Symptoms of Uterine Fibroids?
One of the most common signs of uterine fibroids is heavy or excessive menstrual bleeding and lengthy periods. Other women report experiencing irregular periods, spotting and severe cramping as an effect of their fibroids.
Another side effect of uterine fibroids is urinary incontinence or loss of bladder control. While some fibroids are very small - just millimeters in size - others can be the size of a grapefruit. Large fibroids can press against the bladder and cause urinary incontinence. This pressure on the bladder can also lead to frequent urination and frequent bowel movements. Uterine fibroids can also lead to constipation, pain and uncomfortable bloating.
Women with uterine fibroids also report pain, pressure and swelling in their pelvic area. This swelling can cause clothes to fit uncomfortably and give the appearance of weight gain.
What Factors Reduce the Risk of Developing Uterine Fibroids?
Some factors that reduce the chances of developing uterine fibroids include pregnancy and the use of hormonal birth control through pills or shots. Progesterone cream may also help reduce fibroid growth.
Eating a healthy diet, avoiding foods high in sugar and fat, and limiting alcohol consumption can also help to reduce the size and symptoms of fibroid growths.
If you are experiencing the symptoms of uterine fibroids, call 888-716-0559 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Alqulali today.