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Fibroids a killer in our midst

Fibroids is now among the major causes infertility amongst adolescent women in my community.Adolescent women start experiencing monthly periods as early as 15years and with servere cramps,which continue over the years.Picture a young girl in class bending down in class with her hands on her tummy and her face a clear indication of the pain she is going through.After her periods the pain stops and sometimes she has abnormal varginal bleeding.These later in life develop be very fatal.And if a woman is unable to give birth in her matrimonial home she is shunned away and viewed as a lesser woman.The traditional medication that the women go for in my community doesn't seem to work at all.

Most women with uterine fibroids have no symptoms.

However, abnormal uterine bleeding is the most common symptom of a fibroid. If the tumors are near the uterine lining, or interfere with the blood flow to the lining, they can cause heavy periods, painful periods, prolonged periods or spotting between menses. Women with excessive bleeding due to fibroids may develop iron deficiency anemia. Uterine fibroids that are deteriorating can sometimes cause severe, localized pain.

Fibroids can also cause a number of symptoms depending on their size, location within the uterus, and how close they are to adjacent pelvic organs. Large fibroids can cause:

pelvic pain,
pressure on the bladder with frequent or even obstructed urination, and
pressure on the rectum with pain during defecation.

However, abnormal uterine bleeding is the most common symptom of a fibroid. If the tumors are near the uterine lining, o
It isnt clear why women develop these tumors. Genetic abnormalities, alterations in growth factor (proteins formed in the body that direct the rate and extent of cell proliferation) expression, abnormalities in the vascular (blood vessel) system, and tissue response to injury have all been suggested to play a role in the development of fibroid.

Family history is a key factor, since there is often a history of fibroids developing in women of the same family. Race also appears to play a role. Women of African descent are two to three times more likely to develop fibroids than women of other races. Women of African ancestry also develop fibroids at a younger age and may have symptoms from fibroids in their 20s, in contrast to Caucasian women with fibroids, in whom symptoms typically occur during the 30s and 40s. Pregnancy and taking oral contraceptives both decrease the likelihood that fibroids will develop. Fibroids have not been observed in girls who have not reached puberty, but adolescent girls may rarely develop fibroids. Other factors that researchers have associated with an increased risk of developing fibroids include having the first menstrual period (menarche) prior to age 10, consumption of alcohol (particularly beer), uterine infections, and elevated blood pressure (hypertension).

Estrogen tends to stimulate the growth of fibroids in many cases. During the first trimester of pregnancy, up to 30% of fibroid will enlarge and then shrink after the birth. In general, fibroids tend to shrink after menopause, but postmenopausal hormone therapy may cause symptoms to persist.(Medical Author:
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD)


vivian's picture

Very many do not want to talk

Very many do not want to talk about fibroid, but it is claiming women's live. Thank you for write this. We do not need to wait for government now, let start something. what have you started cos am interested to get going.


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My organization has started organizing health talks with school going girls who have started their menses encouraging them not to ignore the servere stomach cramps,whenever we have meetings with any women group we also talk about it,because most of them have had to have their wombs surgically removed because of fibroids. my main concern is the ignorant village woman,who believes in traditional medicine to cure such yet they don"t and they end up dying of complications caused by fibroids.

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olutosin's picture


This is a great challenge to our women.....May God help us oooooo.

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town


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