Uterine Fibroids

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a) What are uterine fibroids?
Uterine Fibroids is a common medical condition that occurs generally in women in reproductive age. Fibroids are considered as benign tumors that grow up in the muscular wall of the uterus. Fibroids are also called leiomyoma or myoma. The size of the fibroids may vary from small sizes (apricot seed) to large sizes (similar to a melon). When fibroids rise up to a large size “The uterus expands to make it look approximating to a 6 or 7 months of pregnancy”. (Gynecologists). They also can grow up as an abnormal whole unit attach to the uterus or develop similar to grapes in different areas around the uterus. (See figure 1)
A study published by The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, showed that the “most affected group is the African-American Women”; which are more susceptible to have multiple fibroids. (Gynecologists) (See fig 2), in the study they also said that there is not any particular cause for the condition; there some “risks” or “factors” that increased or decreased the presence of uterine fibroids in a woman”. (See table 1). In my personal case, the genetic or family history could be a determinative reason of my condition at the age of 23 years old.

Figure 3
Probability among black and white women’s of having uterine fibroids. (NICHD)

Table N 1. Risk factors associated with Leiomyomas (UNC Dept of OB-GYN)
Factor Risk
Early menarche Increased
Nullparity Increased
Age(late reproductive years) Increased
Obesity Increased
African -American Ethnicity Increased
Familiy History
Menopause Increased
Smoking Decreased

b) Categories of Uterine Fibroids:
Depending of the localization, there are three main types of uterine fibroids (see fig 3)

Figure 4

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