What are uterine fibroids?
Uterine leiomyomas or fibroids are the most common form of uterine growths that appear in women occurring in 50% of all premenopausal women with a higher incidence of the condition in the black community (Copstead & Banasik, 2012). Uterine fibroids are comprised of smooth muscle cells and connective tissue (Pizzorno & Murray, 2012).
What causes uterine fibroids?
The cause of uterine fibroids is unknown. However, some researchers believe that development of uterine fibroids occurs due to an overproduction of estrogen. Patterns of uterine fibroid growth seem to begin during the reproductive years and regress once menopause starts (Pizzorno & Murray, 2012).
What are the symptoms associated with uterine fibroids?
Symptoms include abdominal pain, abnormal vaginal bleeding, discharge, and sometimes backache, constipation and polyuria.
How are uterine fibroids treated?
Treatment depends on the size and location of the growth. Allopathic treatment measures often include medication such as estradiol, leuprolide or progesterone which are prescribed in order to regulate hormones and control the growth of the fibroid. If a uterine fibroid is small and poses no direct threat than it is usually monitored for growth patterns. However, uterine fibroids that are large and cause malfunctioning of other organs are surgically removed and hysterectomy may be needed (Copstead & Banasik, 2012). However, there are natural therapies that are geared towards managing the symptoms associated with uterine fibroids.
For further reading . . .
Copstead, L.-E. C., & Banasik, J. L. (2012). Pathophysiology. St. Louis: Elselvier.
Pizzorno, J. E., & Murray, M. T. (2012). Textbook of natural medicine. Paradise Valley: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone.