What are Uterine fibroids?
Noncancerous growths of the uterus are often referred to as Uterine fibroids. These are tumors that initially develop from a single tumor and then form clusters. Another name of uterine fibroids is leiomyomas. Uterine fibroids may grow into the uterine cavity (submucosal),. . . .+
Uterine fibroids are the most commonly observed tumors of the female reproductive system. They develop in or on the uterus. Fibroids are compact tumors that are made of smooth muscle cells and fibrous connective tissues. Their sizes may vary, from the size of a pea to the size of a small grapefruit.
The exact cause of uterine fibroids is not known. Scientists believe that genetics and environmental factors play a significant role in their development and growth. There are certain risk factors that are believed to play a role in fibroid growth, such as hormonal changes (estrogen and progesterone levels), genetics, age etc.
Uterine fibroids are abnormal muscular growths that form on the wall of the uterus. Uterine fibroids may turn into cancer in rare cases. Although there are very fewer chances that your fibroids may become cancerous, still you should be careful and get your fibroids checked regularly.
Bulky uterus caused due to a medical condition like fibroids not only grow excessively but also bleeds and becomes painful. Bulky uterus with fibroids may cause serious complications in women such as heavy menstrual bleeding, painful periods, and problems in pregnancy.
Most women develop uterine fibroids at some time in their life but they do not cause any problem to them. In some women, uterine fibroids may manifest as mild or no symptoms. In some cases, the symptoms can extend slowly and progressively over many years or rapidly over a few months. This requires treatment.