Women who weigh over 70 kg are at a higher risk of having fibroids; this is usually due to the fact that they have higher levels of the oestrogen hormone. Fibroids in women of African descent tend to also grow larger than in other women. Because of this, the symptoms vary from mild to life altering. Women with this condition have heavy periods or cycles, pass their urine very regularly, and have abdominal swelling. Anaemia, poor circulation, constipation, muscle cramps and excessive gassiness. Swollen fibroids can affect the function of other organs; usually the bladder or the bowel. Needless to say it is very painful.
A woman’s sex life can also be affected. Due to the fact that fibroids can grow at the opening of the cervix to just outside; your mate’s sex organ may come in contact with it. Women can still become pregnant when they have fibroids, however, some end up having miscarriages, cause ectopic pregnancies or simply prevent conception in the first place because the fallopian tubes would be blocked.
Generally, women have no idea how or why they develop uterine fibroids neither do doctors, researchers and scientists; especially because the muscle in the uterus is smooth. What these professionals do know, is that they react to the high levels of oestrogen in the body. Fibroids grow when women are pregnant and also when it’s time to have their monthly cycles. It is important to note that fibroids usually shrink once a woman is going through menopause.
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