What Are Fibroids
Fibroids are tumors made of smooth muscle cells and fibrous connective tissue. They develop in the uterus. It is estimated that 70 to 80 percent of women will develop fibroids in their lifetime however, not everyone will develop symptoms or require treatment. The most important characteristic of fibroids is that they’re almost always benign, or noncancerous. That said, some fibroids begin as cancer but benign fibroids can’t become cancer. Cancerous fibroids are very rare. Because of this fact, it’s reasonable for women without symptoms to opt for observation rather than treatment. Studies show that fibroids grow at different rates, even when a woman has more than one. They can range from the size of a pea to (occasionally) the size of a watermelon. Even if fibroids grow that large, we offer timely and effective treatment to provide relief.
Types of Fibroids
Along with the size and number of fibroids, the type can also affect treatment recommendations. The three main types of fibroids include:
- Subserosal fibroids: These are the most common fibroids. They can push outside of the uterus into the pelvis. Subserosal fibroids can grow large at times and sometimes have a stalk that attaches to the uterus (pedunculated fibroid).
- Intramural fibroids: These fibroids develop in the muscular wall of the uterus.
- Submucosal fibroids: These fibroids are uncommon. They can grow into the open space inside the uterus and may also include a stalk.
Most fibroids do not cause any noticeable symptoms. However, some can cause significant discomfort.
The symptoms of uterine fibroids can include:
- heavy periods, also known as menorrhagia, which can lead to anemia
- painful periods
- lower backache or leg pain
- discomfort or a feeling of fullness in the lower abdomen, especially in the case of large fibroids
- frequent urination
- pain during sexual activity, also known as dyspareunia
Some people may have fertility problems associated with fibroids. Fibroids may cause problems during pregnancy and labor, and they increase the chance of needing a cesarean delivery. Some sources suggest that removing fibroids can improve the rates of conception and live births, though there has been some controversy around this. More research is necessary. If fibroids are large, there may also be weight gain and swelling in the lower abdomen.
What Does Fibroid Pain Feel Like?
There are a variety of feelings you might experience if you have fibroids. If you have small fibroids, you may feel nothing at all and not even notice they’re there. For larger fibroids, however, you can experience discomforts and even pains related to the condition. Fibroids can cause you to feel back pain, severe menstrual cramps, sharp stabbing pains in your abdomen and even pain during sex.
Studies Claim CBD Oil Shrinks Fibroids In Many Women
A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that women who used Florida medical marijuana to treat severe menstrual pain and fibroids were more likely to have a reduction in the size of their uterus. In this study, published in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, scientists used hemp plants that have been genetically engineered to produce high levels of CBD.
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