Uterine fibroids are tumors or growths that grow in the walls of your uterus (womb), and they are almost always non cancerous (benign). Fibroids may grow one at a time or in clusters, and sometimes grow beyond the size of a grapefruit.
Overweight women, who are in their childbearing years, have a slightly higher risk of uterine fibroids. Although their cause is unknown, it is theorized they are a result of hormonal, genetics and environmental factors.
Most of the time uterine fibroids are without symptoms. However, when present, the experience may be difficult with signs of:
- painful sex
- lower back pain
- frequent urination
- reproductive issue
- painful menstruation
- heavy menstrual bleeding
- bleeding between menstruation periods
- feeling of fullness in your lower abdomen
Much is yet to be discovered about uterine fibroids, but the known risks are:
- women who have given birth lower their risk
- more likely in African American women than other racial groups
- women who are overweight or obese are at a slightly higher risk
- fibroids usually only grow in women during their childbearing years
Uterine fibroids tend to stop growing and can shrink after menopause.
Treatment for uterine fibroids generally includes medication which slows or stops their growth or surgery. And usually no symptoms equals no treatment.
Another great reason to get your overweight under your control ~ to reduce the risk of uterine fibroids!