Fibroids are non cancerous tumours that develop in or around the uterus (womb). A lot of women with uterine fibroids have no symptoms or just very mild signs. This is because, the fibroids in and around their wombs are too small and do not really cause them any problems. However, it may slowly get worse as the size of the uterine fibroids gets bigger and begin to put pressure on other organs.
Most women suffering from fibroids usually goes through painful periods. If you are in such a situation, it may be a sign you have fibroids and the best thing to do is to visit your gynaecologist for proper examination.
Fibroids affects a woman’s monthly period and results to heavy bleeding. Sometimes, these heavy bleeding are accompanied by blood clots. If you have heavy periods that requires very frequent changes, it may be a sign you have fibroids and need to go for a thorough checkup.
Yes, you read that right. Uterine fibroids tumours can make you have a belly bump that will make people wonder you’re pregnant. If you’re not pregnant but look pregnant, it’s time to consult your gynaecologist for examination to enable you know the next line of action to take.
Frequent Urge to Urinate
Urinary frequency among women is often associated with uterus fibroids. If you urinate more than you normally would, it may be a sign you have uterine fibroids. This is because the weight of the fibroid tumour or tumours sits on the bladder and put too much pressure on it.
Most women with a reasonable sized uterine fibroid usually have pain during sex. If you have pains that make you feel like a virgin each time you make love, it may be you have fibroids and needs to see your gynaecologist from proper examination.
Long periods that may last longer than normal is one of the symptoms of women living with fibroids. Women in this group can have periods that last as long as seven days and even longer.
Depending on the location and size of your uterine fibroids, it may lead to miscarriage. The closer your fibroid is to the centre of your uterus, where a fetus is likely to implant – the more chances it can cause you problems and lead to a miscarriage.
Fatigue is another symptom associated with uterine fibroids. This happens when uterine fibroids causes very heavy menstrual periods that lead to a serious anemia or low blood count.
In some cases, uterine fibroids can lead to infertility and ruin the chances of becoming a mother for some women.
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The images below are of a Nigerian woman with massive fibroid tumours that made her look heavily pregnant. She went through an operation where the fibroid tumours were successfully removed from her uterus.