By Motlagae Konyana
Fibroids are non-cancerous growths or lumps that grow in the uterus; they can develop in the early stages of a person’s puberty. The growths may vary in size and are made of fibrous tissue.
Fibroid symptoms can be similar to those of other conditions that affect women’s reproductive organs – if symptoms are present at all. Some Fibroids are tiny and are not easily diagnosed or noticed. Here are some of the symptoms that signify Fibroids however these symptoms may differ from women to women as our bodies are different.
Excessive menstrual bleeding – If you experience profuse menstrual bleeding during your period, or if your period lasts more than eight days, you might be suffering from Fibroids. This is one of the most common symptoms.
Menstrual cramps – If you have painful period pains. The cramping sensation is intensified when clots or pieces of bloody tissue from the lining of the uterus pass through the cervix, especially if your cervical canal is a bit narrow. This can be painful.
Bloated lower abdomen – Eating high-fat foods that can delay the stomach from being empty and can lead to bloating during your period. Stress can also contribute to the abdominal bloating and lower abdominal pain.
Pelvic and lower back pain – If lower back pain is common during your menstrual cycle, it might be a sign that you have Fibroids.
Frequent urination – If you find yourself having to urinate frequently, it might be another symptom. This can sometimes lead to loss of bladder control as you are in constant need to go to the toilet and urinate.
Anemia – Because of the heavy blood loss due to the fibroids, this may cause anemia. Heavy bleeding from fibroids or other gynecological conditions such as Endometriosis can cause iron deficient anemia. However, very few women understand the extent of damage that anemia can cause. Potentially life-threatening complications such as congestive heart failure, arrhythmia, angina, and/or heart attack can all result from untreated anemia.