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The Risk of Myoma in Women's Life

Updated on January 21, 2011

Myoma: Why it affects women

Myoma is a tumor or a growth which is located in the female reproductive organs.  All myomas start in the uterine wall with proliferation of muscle fibers, most medical professionals say.   Myoma can also appear in the inner parts of the reproductive organ that can cause miscarriage.   In few cases, multiple tumors are present, or a single myoma grows extremely large in size that begins to cause symptoms.

Signs and symptoms include a heavy feeling in the abdomen, backache, constipation, frequent urination, pain, menorrhagia (too much bleeding during menstruation), dysmenorrhea (painful periods) and dyspareunia (difficult or hurtful intercourse).  Look at the signs and symptoms like pelvic pain.  In the US, symptoms due to uterine fibroids are a very regular sign for hysterectomy.

Diagnosis is made based on ultrasound outcomes.  When the medical diagnosis is unclear, medical doctors may place an ultrasound examination device through the vagina into the uterus to obtain an image from the region.

If myomas are small and do not cause any symptoms, no treatment is necessary.  When they trigger symptoms, they can be surgically taken out if possible (a procedure known as myomectomy).  Women with symptoms like heavy bleeding and pain may necessarily need surgery for treatment.

Numerous records about Chinese medicine treatments for uterine myoma were published during the period 1980-1993, and relatively few have appeared after that, probably due to the wide-spread introduction into China of surgical methods for the treatment of fibroids and a realization that the herb treatments was thoroughly tested to reveal their level of effectiveness.  Laser treatment, called myolysis, is another procedure used to eradicate fibroids.

Fibroids may cause pregnancy complications, although the risk is viewed as small:   Most women are able to carry their babies to term, but some turn out delivering prematurely because there is not enough place in the uterus.  Earlier studies suggest that athletic women have a reduced risk of fibroids but this hasn't been validated by other research.


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