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  • Some women are plagued with conditions related to the reproductive system. Many times they are found to have poly (multiple) fibroids. A fibroid is a benign tumor especially of the uterine wall that consists of fibrous and muscular tissue.

    Symptoms of Poly Fibroids

    Several symptoms point to the possibility of multiple fibroids. Some times a woman has irregular periods, excessive bleeding, bloating, pelvic pain and difficulty conceiving. They also may have weight gain and excessive body hair growth. In severe cases, the patient may develop anemia from excess bleeding which will contribute to fatigue.

    Cause of Fibroids

    It is believed that the formation of poly fibroids is hormonal or genetically based. Excessive estrogen hormone may increase the incidence of fibroids.

    Diagnosing Poly Fibroids

    A gynecologist will do a pelvic examination to determine the size of the uterus. Physicians may use ultrasound or MRI imaging to diagnose pelvic fibroids. Sometimes they do a laparoscopy, in which a periscope-type instrument is inserted through the naval, allowing the doctor to see a direct view of the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries.

    Treatment of Fibroids

    A doctor may first try to relieve the symptoms of poly fibroids by using hormones. A procedure that may help is a D & C (dilation and curetage) in which the doctor scrapes the endometrium of the uterus clearing away any fibroids or polyps. Fibroids can also be removed through a hysteroscopy which is a minimally invasive procedure which may be performed in the doctor's office. The most drastic procedure would be to remove the uterus (hysterectomy).

    Size of Fibroids

    Fibroids can range in size from very small to very large. Some women have fibroids that are as large as a baby. They may cause no symptoms or a plethora of symptoms.

    Source:

    Uterine-Fibroids.org: Causes

    FibroidSecondOpinion.com: Symptoms

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