Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths of the uterus that often appear during childbearing years. Also called leiomyomas or myomas, uterine fibroids aren't associated with an increased risk of uterine cancer and almost never develop into cancer.
Uterine fibroids develop from the smooth muscular tissue of the uterus (myometrium). A single cell divides repeatedly, eventually creating a firm, rubbery mass distinct from nearby tissue. The growth patterns of uterine fibroids vary they may grow slowly or rapidly, or they may remain the same size. Some fibroids go through growth spurts, and some may shrink on their own. Many fibroids that have been present during pregnancy shrink or disappear after pregnancy, as the uterus goes back to a normal size.
With fibroids you may have any of the following:
►Able to palpate and feel hard masses in the abdomen.
►Experience gas or bloating
►Cold hands and/or feet
►Loose stools during the period due to the increased activity of the area
►Heavy bleeding or thicker blood
►Bright red or very dark colored menstrual blood
►Menstrual blood clots
►Cramping or painful menstruation
►Headaches, dizziness, or fatigue
►Irritability or depression
Genetic changes: Many fibroids contain changes in genes that differ from those in normal uterine muscle cells. There's also some evidence that fibroids run in families and that identical twins are more likely to both have fibroids than no identical twins.
Hormones: Estrogen and progesterone, two hormones that stimulate development of the uterine lining during each menstrual cycle in preparation for pregnancy, appear to promote the growth of fibroids. Fibroids contain more estrogen and progesterone receptors than normal uterine muscle cells do. Fibroids tend to shrink after menopause due to a decrease in hormone production.
Other growth factors: Substances that help the body maintain tissues, such as insulin-like growth factor, may affect fibroid growth.
If you have been diagnosed with fibroids, you know that cells that create the smooth muscle (myometrium) of the uterus are also growing in other areas other than where it normally belongs. This could be inside the uterus, inside the muscle tissue of the uterus or outside of your uterus. The formed fibroids are a firm rubbery mass of cells which can grow fast or slow. They can be as small as a grape or as large as a cantaloupe or anywhere in between. Depending on where they are located and the size, fibroids do not usually interfere with becoming pregnant and can even disappear after pregnancy.
If fibroids are present, Natural essential formula recognizes that there is a lack of communication or flow of energy in the lower abdominal area. This also applies to any condition that creates any type of blockage in the same region such as endometriosis, polyps, cysts, or other scar tissue. The goal here is to allow the body to relax and break down the tissue that is not supposed to be where it is growing.
What to do?
►Learn what you can increase energy flow in the lower abdominal region.
►Learn to eat in a way to support healing.
►Open up the communication in the area with herbal formulas.
►Balance the body with simple techniques.
Fibroids are frequently found incidentally during a routine pelvic exam. Your doctor may feel irregularities in the shape of your uterus, suggesting the presence of fibroids. If you have symptoms of uterine fibroids, you doctor may order these tests:
►Ultrasound: If confirmation is needed, doctor may order an ultrasound. It uses sound waves to get a picture of your uterus to confirm the diagnosis and to map and measure fibroids. A doctor or technician moves the ultrasound device (transducer) over your abdomen (Trans abdominal) or places it inside your vagina (transvaginal) to get images of your uterus.
►Lab Test: If you're experiencing abnormal vaginal bleeding, doctor may order other tests to investigate potential causes. These might include a complete blood count (CBC) to determine if you have anemia because of chronic blood loss and other blood tests to rule out bleeding disorders or thyroid problems.
If traditional ultrasound doesn't provide enough information, your doctor may order other imaging studies, such as:
►Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): This imaging test can show the size and location of fibroids, identify different types of tumors and help deter
mine appropriate treatment options.
►Hysterosonography: Hysterosonography also called a saline infusion sonogram, uses sterile saline to expand the uterine cavity, making it easier to get images of the uterine cavity and endometrium. This test may be useful if you have heavy menstrual bleeding despite normal results from traditional ultrasound.
►Hysterosalpingography: Hysterosalpingography uses a dye to highlight the uterine cavity and fallopian tubes on X-ray images. Doctor may recommend it if infertility is a concern. In addition to revealing fibroids, it can help to determine if your fallopian tubes are open.
►Hysteroscopy: For this, doctor inserts a small, lighted telescope called a hysteroscope through your cervix into your uterus. Your doctor then injects saline into your uterus, expanding the uterine cavity and allowing your doctor to examine the walls of your uterus and the openings of your fallopian tubes.
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