What Are Uterine Fibroids and How Do They Affect Female Fertility?
Uterine Fibroids is a medical term for benign cysts, tumors or growths on the uterus. The growths are not cancerous. It is unusual for benign uterine fibroids to develop into cancerous tumors, so, although painful, they do not tend to be life-threatening to the sufferer. It is not known exactly why uterine fibroids develop. However, they are thought to be related to hormonal imbalance. What happens is, sometimes, for some reason, one or more of the muscle fibers that make up the uterus start growing larger, eventually producing a few small, pea-sized tumors deep in the walls of the muscle of the womb. Generally, at this early stage, they are not detected by either sufferer or doctor, because they are often asymptomatic. However, as time passes, they can develop and slowly grow to the size of an orange, a grapefruit, and, it has been known, even to the size of a football! Of course, by this stage, the patient is aware of the growth in her reproductive organs, either by externally detect