Many people suffer from abdominal swelling. In majority of the people, the swelling occurs from overeating, and when the food is digested, the swelling tends to disappear. However, in some people the swelling can occur due to certain medical problems. Hence, it is not uncommon for women to ask can fibroids cause abdominal swelling.
Fibroids are growths that develop in the uterus. These growths have characteristic symptoms such as feeling that the stomach is full, abdominal swelling, constipation, and experiencing pain during sex. In addition, the woman can also suffer from bleeding from the vagina, experience pressure in the lower portion of the abdomen, have the need to urinate frequently and experience heavy bleeding during her periods.
Unfortunately, till today, doctors and researchers have not been able to find out the cause for fibroids. However, certain studies and researches have shown that there is a connection between the female hormone estrogen and fibroids.
Generally, fibroids are non-malignant in nature and the size as well as the number of fibroids developing in the uterine wall can differ from woman to woman. A fibroid can have a size of pea, or it can be as big a 7-month old fetus. The fibroids are given names based on their location. If the fibroid is growing inside the uterus and extends towards the cavity of the uterus, it is known as sub-mucosal fibroid. The fibroid that grows inside the wall of the uterus is referred to as intramural fibroid. The fibroid that grows outside the uterus, between the pelvic cavity and the external wall of the uterus, is known as sub-seral fibroid. And finally, the fibroid that grows with the stalk inside or on the outside of the uterus is known as penduculated fibroid.
It has been seen that these growth are actually rather common, and are seen in around twenty percent of women who are more than thirty years of age. However, in Afro-Caribbean women, these growths can be seen even in women who are less than twenty years of age. Also, it appears that these growths tend to run in a family.
So, if you are still wondering can fibroids cause abdominal swelling, the answer is in the affirmative. Due to the growth, women can experience swelling and it will take a doctor to determine whether a woman is suffering from fibroids or not. At times, the fibroids can be made to shrink using medication, and other times surgery may be advised. If the fibroids are more in number, a hysterectomy may also be performed.
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