What are Fibroids?
- Created: April 19, 2009
- by: admin
Ever wondered what a fibroid is? They also go by the names of fibromyomas, leimyomas, or myomas, and they are smooth little muscle cell growths which are found inside the uterus of women of childbearing age. These growths are not dangerous or cancerous, but they are considered to be tumors. They are very commonly found, but often go unnoticed by most women, and they frequently shrink or disappear when a woman hits menopause. Uterine fibroids are more often found in black women, and are rarely found in women younger than 20 years of age.
There is more than one kind of uterine fibroid, and they are distinguished by their location. There is the submucous fibroid, which grows inside the uterine cavity. There is the intramural fibroid, which develops on the wall of the uterus, and there is the subserous fibroid which is found outside of the uterus. It is also possible for a fibroid to grow so large that it can fall into more than one category.
The medical cause of fibroid development is not yet known, but levels of the hormone estrogen seem to be connected. When estrogen levels are high, such as during the ovulating years or pregnancy, fibroids increase in size. When the levels fall,such as during menopause, fibroids get smaller.