Many women in the country consider uterine fibroids as a rare disease, which affects only a woman or two in a billion. However, this dangerous disease or health condition is a lot more common than most women would think. A recent report released by the National Institute of Health revealed that approximately 70 percent Caucasian women and 80 to 90 percent African American women develop uterine fibroids before they reach the age of fifty.

In most cases, the symptoms of uterine fibroids can be easily detected but you must be aware of the warning signs of fibroid development to identify the symptoms. If you have no idea what the symptoms of this disease are, then it would be wiser to visit a free women’s clinic near your area and schedule a session with an experienced care provider.

Studies and researches conducted by several experts in the field of medical science indicate that African American women are more likely to fall prey to this severe health condition. Reports also show that in many cases, some patients developed more than one fibroid at a time. Fibroid development is usually found in women with these attributes.

  • Obesity
  • Family history of fibroids
  • Above the age of 40
  • Never been pregnant
  • High blood pressure rate

The factors that usually significantly cut down the risk of developing fibroids in a woman include:

  • Pregnancy
  • Usage of birth control pills or shots for a very long time

The symptoms of uterine fibroids may significantly vary from one woman to another. In some cases, the affected individuals might not even experience any kind of symptom. However, the most common symptoms found in women with uterine fibroids are as follows.

Excessive Menstrual Bleeding

Women who have uterine fibroids often experience excessive bleeding when they are menstruating. The bleeding may get prolonged in some cases, which in turn causes the periods to last longer than usual.

Pelvic Pain & Pressure

Women with uterine fibroids often feel severe pain in the lower abdomen regions when the fibroids grow larger in size. So, if you are experiencing pain in your lower abdomen, immediately schedule a visit to a free women’s clinic in your locality and consult with a doctor.

Loss of Bladder Control

Fibroids may press against the bladder of infected women, which results in frequent urination and loss of bladder control. This can cause severe pain to the affected individuals and it will even interrupt their everyday activities.

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    About the Author

    Dr. Ghassan M. Al-Jazayrly, MD

    A graduate of University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Al-Jazayrly or, as he is colloquially known: Dr. AJ, is an oncologist and hematologist of a Complete Care Community Health Center (CCCHC) with more than 36 years of experience. In recent years, he’s been involved with a non profit organization known as Every Woman Counts (EWC) which provides free breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services to California’s underserved populations in order to eliminate health disparities for low-income individuals.

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