Uterine fibroids are fibrous tumors that develop in the tissues of the uterus or within the uterine linings. The good news is that these tumors are non-cancerous and in many cases women have them with absolutely no problems or symptoms. It is not good news for everyone however. Complications can develop related to the fibroids and we’ll explore those while taking a look at facts you should know about uterine fibroids.
Benign Fibrous Tumors Developing In The Uterus
Leiomyoma is the medical name for this specific type of skin and tissue tumor that commonly develops in the lining of the uterus. The broader term myoma is given to the entire family of fibrous tumors found in the body, typically benign although able to cause plenty of grief for the patient.
There is a direct link between uterine fibroids and estrogen. It is believed that high hormonal levels can contribute to the hardening and collection of muscle tissues to form fibrous knob like material. The size of these tumors can very greatly and obviously the larger they get the more problems can develop.
A woman’s uterus is of course a likely environment for fibroids because estrogen levels are concentrated in the area and there are large muscle tissue surfaces to be affected. Fibroids can certainly develop elsewhere but uterine fibroids are the most common for these and other reasons including of course a higher level of blood flow that helps nourish the fibrous material for further growth.
What can cause uterine fibroids?
Hormone levels is linked to the formation of these tumors, but the cause can be more complex. Although genetic makeup can be a contributing factor, it is also known through extensive research that diet can be a deciding factor. If a woman’s body is experiencing abnormally high hormone levels, this can lead to a chain of reactions over time. A poor diet leads to high levels of hormone production and in turn this can lower the body’s ability to defend itself against disease and ability to process wastes and toxins.
Another link has been made between high hormonal levels and production of fibroids in the uterus. Insulin production needs to be regular for conversion of blood sugars to food. Abnormal hormone activity can lead to insulin resistance and the body not processing the sugars adequately. This of course could lead to other problems as well, but it at least creates a friendly environment for development of fibroids in the uterus.
Types of Uterine Fibroids
- Subserous fibroids which develop on the outside of the uterus. This type is often mistaken for an ovarian tumor. It is also more commonly found in women in their child bearing years.
- Submusocal fibroids will grow inside the uterus cavity, they can grow quite large and be the type to cause excessive bleeding and pain radiating to the lower back.
- Intramural fibroids are found growing inside the linings of the uterus.
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