Fibroids, or uterine fibroids, are abnormal growths that appear in the muscle tissue in the uterus. These fibroids, or tumors, can grow quite big and they can cause severe issues if they are not treated with. That said, in other cases (usually with smaller fibroids) many women don’t experience any symptoms at all. This can make the problem difficult to diagnose and this can be a problem if the fibroids continue to grow.
Fortunately, these little tumors are generally not cancerous. Fibroids are also known as myomas, fibromas, and leiomyomas. Research is not certain as to how these particular tumors develop, but many women—as many as 80%—have developed at least some fibroids by the time that they reach middle age. These are generally small tumors and many women never experience symptoms.
There are different types of fibroids, and the type is largely determined by where exactly the fibroids appear on the uterus. We’re not sure why exactly fibroids develop, but things like hormones, pregnancy, and family history can all influence their growth. In this article we’re going to discuss some of the most common symptoms of fibroids so you can determine whether or not you have them. Then you can decide how you want to get them treated—there are many natural remedies such as yoga and acupuncture that provide relief, and medication and surgery can be helpful in serious cases of fibroids.
Fibroids Symptom #1: Heavy Bleeding (not during period)
One of the symptoms that signifies that a person has developed fibroids is heavy bleeding. This bleeding occurs in between your periods, so you may think that you’re having an early period.
The bleeding is typically quite heavy, thick, and can include blood clots. The amount of bleeding depends on how many fibroids you have developed, where they are located, and how big they have grown.