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Causes and Symptoms of Fibroids that every Woman should Know

Nithya Lakshmi | June 29, 2018

Not many would be aware that they might be facing a uterine fibroid or as doctors call it a ‘myomas’. Fibroids are small tumor-like extra muscles that grow in the uterus or in your womb, but fibroids rarely get converted to uterine cancer. Fibroids either occur on the wall of the uterus or on the surface of the uterus. They can also vary in size, shape, and location. One can never identify a fibroid until you know the symptoms caused by a  fibroid.

Listed below are the symptoms of uterine fibroids  –

  • Enlarged abdomen or stomach
  • Heavy painful bleeding
  • Bleeding in between menstrual cycles.
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Constant miscarriages
  • Labor issues
  • Constipation
  • Frequent urination or trouble emptying the bladder


Causes of Fibroids: 

Though the causes of a fibroid are not clear yet,  some experts do attribute a few of these to the occurrence of fibroids: 

1) Pregnancy

When you are pregnant, the production of estrogen and progesterone increases, thereby letting the fibroid grow rapidly in size. Also, when you take birth control pills, the estrogen levels are likely to increase the production of fibroids.


2) Genetic Factors

If any member in your family has a history of fibroids, be it your mother, sister or grandmother, then you are likely to end up with fibroids as well.


3) Food Habits

Fibroids might also occur due to an increased intake of caffeine, alcohol and red meat. Have lots of fruits and vegetables to protect yourself from the occurrence of fibroids. 


4) Hormones

Every time during your periods, the layer of your uterus is thickened by the release of the hormones estrogen and progesterone. This, in turn, might lead to the growth of fibroids. Fibroids are likely to shrink during menopause.


5) Obesity

Being overweight is another reason that can lead to the development of fibroids. Excessive abdominal fat increases your 0estrogen levels, which in turn triggers the formation of fibroids.

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Nithya Lakshmi


Women Health


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