Uterine fibroids develop as small to large benign growths in the uterus. It occurs due to over secretion of estrogen hormones in the body. It usually develops and grows in the age between puberty and menopause. In pregnancy, uterine fibroids grow rapidly with the progress of pregnancy and shrink after pregnancy is over. It may also impose harm to the growing fetus. Constipation, pain in the abdomen, heavy bleeding, and urinary problems are some of its symptoms. It is often detected during a pelvic exam or abdominal ultrasound. Coping methods with uterine fibroids is discussed in this article.
How To Cope With Uterine Fibroids?
Healthy Diet- menstruation in uterine fibroids causes loss of blood leading to an anemic condition in the body. To cope up with such a situation, the diet should be rich in vitamins, minerals, and iron. If it is managed efficiently, it improves strength and immunity of the body to deal with the situation.(1)
Self-Hygiene- with excess loss of blood, the body’s immunity drops down; Self-hygiene should be maintained to prevent any infection. (1) Extra napkins should be kept to avoid leakage and maintain proper hygiene.(1)
Pregnancy- during pregnancy, uterine fibroids may lead to miscarriage and loss of the fetus. Extra care must be given for such cases and regular checkups and ultrasounds must be given to prevent threats to the baby.(1)
Sexual Experience- fibroids cause pain during sex. Lubricants should be used to relieve pain and discomfort during sexual relationship.(1)
Castor Oil Packs- castor oil packs can be applied on the abdomen to ease the pain and cramps due to uterine fibroids. It is also helpful to relieve constipation.(2)
Exercise- regular exercises may reduce excess production of progesterone and estrogen. Therefore, it is helpful to lead to uterine fibroids.(2)
Vitamin D– studies reveal that African American women are likely to develop vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D supplements and vitamin D rich foods should be consumed to avoid the risk of uterine fibroids.(2)
Uterine fibroids are a common disease in women. They affect 30 percent of women at some moment in life. They grow due to an imbalance in levels in estrogen and progesterone. They are different in different women. The size of fibroid varies in sizes, small to big similar to a pea in size. They can be single to multiple in number. They develop in the age between 30 or 50 years of age. They do not grow before pubertal age or after menopause. If uterine fibroids are grown before menopause, they tend to shrink after menopause. Their growth is marked highest in pregnancy and they reduce significantly when pregnancy is gone.(3)
Uterine fibroids are made of tissues of the uterus that tend to grow in the uterus. They may grow outside the uterus and is attached to the uterus like a stem. They tend to grow that may compress nearby structures.
Uterine fibroids are asymptomatic in many cases. They are benign growths that do not cause the development of cancer in the body.(3)
Uterine fibroids grow towards the rectum; they may lead to irregular bowel movements resulting in constipation and pain during defecation. If they grow towards the bladder, they may lead to frequent urging for urination with painful urination and difficulties in urination. In rare cases, fibroids grow abnormally compressing the urethra; they cause pain during urination, urinal urgency and fibroid pain in the one side leading to significant kidney damage in the future. Constipation, urinary incontinence, and fibroid pain are cardinal symptoms of the uterine fibroids.(3)
Uterine fibroids are characterized by abnormal growth in the uterus. However, it is not cancerous. You can cope up with the uterine fibroids by improving self-hygiene, regular exercise, use of castor oil packs, following healthy food and others discussed above.