Fibroid: Expert counsels women on signs, symptoms

Dr Mary Kigho, a medical practitioner in Universal Hospital, Benin, has advised patients with Uterine fibroids to go for frequent medical checkups to avoid further complications.

Kigho gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Friday in Benin.

She defined uterine fibroids as “non-cancerous growths in the uterus that can develop during a woman’s childbearing years”.

She, however, said that frequent checkups and proper medications without failure would help to manage it.

Kigho said uterine fibroids also called leiomyomas (lie-o-my-O-muhs) or myomas, was not associated with an increased risk of uterine cancer and almost never developed into cancer.

“Fibroids range in size from seedlings, undetectable by the human eye to bulky masses that can distort and enlarge the uterus.

“A person can have a single fibroid or multiple ones. In some cases, multiple fibroids can expand the uterus so much that it reaches the rib cage and can add weight.

“The treatment of fibroids includes medication and removal of the fibroid through a surgery,” she added.

According to her, many women do not know they have uterine fibroids because they often cause no symptoms at the early stage.

Kigho said women who had symptoms, the most common signs and symptoms of uterine fibroids include, having menstrual bleeding, and menstrual periods lasting more than a week, pelvic pressure or pain.

Others are frequent urination, difficulty emptying the bladder, constipation, backache or leg pains.

She said preventing uterine fibroids was possible and only a small percentage of these tumours required treatment.

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