Fibroids are muscular tumors that grow in the wall of the uterus (womb). Another medical term for fibroids is “leiomyoma” (leye-oh-meye-OH-muh) or just “myoma”. Fibroids are almost always benign (not cancerous). Fibroids can grow as a single tumor, or there can be many of them in the uterus. They can be as small as an apple seed or as big as a grapefruit. In unusual cases they can become very large.
There are factors that can increase a woman’s risk of developing fibroids.
Age. Fibroids become more common as women age, especially during the 30s and 40s through menopause. After menopause, fibroids usually shrink.
Family history. Having a family member with fibroids increases your risk. If a woman’s mother had fibroids, her risk of having them is about three times higher than average.
Ethnic origin. African-American women are more likely to develop fibroids than white women.
Obesity. Women who are overweight are at higher risk for fibroids. For very heavy women, the risk is two to three times greater than average.
Eating habits. Eating a lot of red meat (e.g., beef) and ham is linked with a higher risk of fibroids. Eating plenty of green vegetables seems to protect women from developing fibroids.
Where can fibroids grow?
types of fibroids
Most uterine fibroids grow in the wall of the uterus. Doctors put them into three groups based on where they grow:
Submucosal fibroids grow into the uterine cavity.
Intramural fibroids grow within the wall of the uterus.
Subserosal fibroids grow on the outside of the uterus.
Some uterine fibroids grow on stalks that grow out from the surface of the uterus or into the cavity of the uterus. They might look like mushrooms. These are called pedunculated fibroids.
What are the symptoms of fibroids?
Most uterine fibroids do not cause any symptoms, but some women with fibroids can have:
Heavy bleeding (which can be heavy enough to cause anemia) or painful periods
Feeling of fullness in the pelvic area (lower stomach area)
Enlargement of the lower abdomen
Pain during sex
Lower back pain
Complications during pregnancy and labor, including a six-time greater risk of cesarean section
Reproductive problems, such as infertility, which is very rare
Pregnancy and Fibroids
Women who have fibroids are more likely to have problems during pregnancy and delivery. This doesn’t mean there will be problems. Most women with fibroids have normal pregnancies. The most common problems seen in women with fibroids are:
Cesarean section. The risk of needing a c-section is six times greater for women with fibroids.
Baby is breech. The baby is not positioned well for vaginal delivery.
Labor fails to progress.
Placental abruption. The placenta breaks away from the wall of the uterus before delivery. When this happens, the fetus does not get enough oxygen.
Homeopathy has wonderful remedies for Uterine fibroids. A detailed case taking will be necessary to arrive at the right remedy. Some of the remedies that a homeopath will consider are
Fraxinus americanus, AUr. Kali Iod, Sepia, Solidago, Trillium, Calcarea iod, Calcarea ars, Ashoka.