Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths that rarely cause any complications. However, when they increase in size, they can cause debilitating symptoms such as heavy menstruation and excruciating pain. In severe cases, they can affect your fertility. If detected early, your provider can monitor Buckhead fibroids and develop a personalized treatment plan to avoid further health complications. The following factors can elevate your risk of developing these growths:
Although the precise cause of fibroids is still a mystery, medical experts believe a family history of the disorder can increase your risk. Studies show that a genetic component can be passed from generation to generation, increasing the risk of developing fibroids. Environmental factors within your family, such as your lifestyle and diet, may also contribute to fibroids. If you have a family history of these benign growths, it is wise to consult your doctor about the available screenings and management options.
Estrogen and progesterone have an active role in the development of fibroids. Your risk of developing these growths increases with increased exposure to estrogen. Women in their reproductive years and who have never had children tend to have elevated estrogen levels which can stimulate the growth of these benign tumors. Progesterone, on the other hand, promotes their growth, meaning that you may have a higher risk of developing the disorder if you are undergoing hormone replacement therapy that involves progesterone.
Uterine infections can cause scarring and inflammation, which can trigger the development of fibroids. The inflammation may also interfere with hormonal balance in your uterus. If left untreated, uterine infections can weaken your immunity making your body susceptible to fibroids. Additionally, these infections can damage your uterine lining, resulting in abnormal tissue growth. If you have a history of uterine infections, you can consult your provider, who can help you minimize your risk of developing fibroids.
Obesity is a well-known risk factor for various health conditions, including fibroids. The relationship between fibroids and obesity is that excess fat or adipose tissue releases estrogen, creating a conducive environment for the growth of fibroids. Additionally, obesity can interfere with your body’s ability to use insulin effectively, leading to diabetes. Women with this chronic condition have an elevated risk of developing fibroids. If you are obese and have fibroids, you may experience more severe symptoms than women with a healthy weight. Additionally, excess weight can make it difficult for your provider to detect the growths, making it difficult to develop a treatment plan and monitor them to ensure they don’t get out of hand.
Women between 30-50 years have a higher risk of developing fibroids. Age-related fibroids are often due to hormonal fluctuations or prolonged exposure to certain environmental factors. Additionally, complications related to fibroids also increase with age. As these growths increase in size, they can result in pelvic pain, pressure, and heavy menstrual bleeding. Older women may experience additional symptoms such as malignant transformation, degeneration, and torsion.
If you suspect that you have fibroids, call the Ideal Gynecology, LLC office or book an appointment online for diagnosis and treatment.