Uterine fibroids can cause pain, discomfort, or even infertility. Yet some women don't ever experience fibroid symptoms. How could that be? The differences depend on the number, size and locations of the fibroids. But how can you deal with fibroids when the symptoms are different for everyone? This guide offers helpful care tips, using your age as a jumping off point.
Most women enjoy their 20s without fibroids. But if you are a black woman, or started your period before 10, you are more likely to get fibroids at a younger age. So, during this decade, pay close attention to period changes, especially if your flow suddenly becomes quite heavy. You can also use this decade to reduce future fibroid risk. Get yourself to a healthy weight and focus on diet and exercise to help manage existing fibroids or prevent future problems.
Most women who develop fibroids will get diagnosed in these two decades. At the same time, these are the years when many women wish to get pregnant. As such, it's important to track any potential fibroid symptoms, and discuss them with your doctor. You may even wish to be screened for fibroids if you're planning to get pregnant. And, if any tumors are detected, seeking treatment prior to conception could be helpful.
Now, once you reach your forties, and enter perimenopause, your fibroid symptoms may worsen as your tumors grow. Luckily, many women have completed their families at this stage of life. As such, you may be ready to treat your fibroids without worrying about impacting future pregnancies.
Most women have entered menopause by the time they reach their fifties. And, since post-menopausal women produce less estrogen and progesterone, your fibroids should shrink, relieving any remaining symptoms. Keep in mind, however, that menopause doesn't always cure your fibroids. So don't ignore symptoms such as pelvic pain or bleeding, especially since they could also indicate more serious health concerns.
Whether you're 20, 50 or somewhere in between, you don't need to live with painful fibroid symptoms. And you don't need surgery to find relief. Want to treat your fibroids and get back to enjoying life?
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