Uterine Fibroid Tumors
Uterine fibroid tumors are non-cancerous tumors that lay within the walls of a women uterus. Fibroid tumors are the most common benign (non-cancerous) pelvic tumors in women and are the major indication for hysterectomy or other surgical procedures; myomectomy, uterine fibroid embolization, myolysis, endometrial ablation. Fibroid tumors are more common and more severe among African American women.
Although this disease strangely affects the African American population, we understand little about what causes the difference with other races. (Eltoukhi, Heba M.; Modi, Monica N.; Weston, Meredith; Armstrong, Alicia Y.; Stewart, Elizabeth A. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Mar2014, Vol. 210 Issue 3, p194-199. 6p.) In my research paper I will be discussing my personal reflections and experience with having uterine fibroid tumors, the research I found about the causes, complications, reproductive problems and the effects it had on my life. My paper will also explain your options if ever being diagnosed with this disease and support groups to help deal with this life altering disease.
I will start by telling you no one really knows the exact causes of this particular disease some research say it’s hormonal or that it may be genetics, other have factors that may increase your risk of getting the disease which are age, family history, ethnic group, and eating habits, to this present day the exact causes are still unknown. Fibroid tumors grow within the uterine walls, doctors put them into three categories based on were they grow. Submucosal which grow within the uterine cavity, intramural which grow within the walls of the uterus, subserosal which grow outside of the uterus and pedunculated which when they grow on stalks that grow out from the surface of the uterus or into the cavity of the uterus. Complications of this disease are bleeding in between menstrual cycle, heavy bleeding and blood clots when on menstrual cycle,...