Uterine fibroids, also known as uterine myomas, leiomyomas, or fibromas, are benign tumors that originate female reproductive system. These are firm, compact tumors that are made of smooth muscle cells and fibrous connective tissue that develop in the uterus. Till the exact cause of uterine myomas is unknown.
Most women have no symptoms. Its symptoms depending on their size, location within the uterus, and how close they are to adjacent pelvic organs. Most common symptoms are including menorrhagia ( heavy periods), menstrual cramp ( period pain ), painful sex, and an urge to urinate.
According to a survey, fibroids affects between 20 to 50 percent of women of reproductive age. While 30 to 70 percent of women will develop it during their childbearing years.
In 99 percent of cases, the tumors are benign (non-cancerous). It is diagnose by pelvic exam and ultrasound. Its treatment is including hysterectomy, embolization, and hormone therapy.
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Here are some key points about Fibromas :
- It is benign (non-cancerous) tumors that originate in the uterus (womb).
- It develops in the female reproductive system when estrogen levels are higher.
- In most of the cases, it does not have any sign or symptoms.
- The most common symptoms are including menorrhagia ( heavy periods), menstrual cramp ( period pain ), painful sex, and an urge to urinate.
- The exact cause of fibromas is not clear, till now. But, scientists believed that each tumor develops from the aberrant muscle cell in the feminine uterus, that multiplies rapidly because of the influence of estrogen.
What are fibroids?
Fibroids are the most frequently seen tumor that develops in the female reproductive system. It is benign smooth muscle tumors of the uterus. Fibroids are made of smooth muscle cells and fibrous connective tissue.
The exact cause of fibroids are not clear, till now. But several factors may influence their formation are including the hormones produced by the ovaries, family history, pregnancy, Obesity or high body weight, ages.
Risk factors for fibroids :
- The woman who is suffer from menopause are at the greatest risk for fibroids because of their long exposure to high levels of estrogen.
- According to a survey, the women who have had two live-born children have one-half the risk of developing fibroids in compare to the women who have had no children.