First things first, always consult with your OB/GYN. They will determine whether you have fibroiods or a different type issue.
The best person to talk to about potential future health issues is your mother and even your maternal grandmother. Most of the times, if they have medical issues, it could be passed down to you. My grandmother and mother both had fibroids and hence I have fibroids.
Since I was 18 I had fibroids but they were always small and not something to worry about until I turned 30. My OB/GYN routinely did ultrasounds to monitor the fibroids. Then all hell broke loose where I had to rush to my GYN. I was bleeding abnormally. Upon further investigation, we discovered that my fibroids had grown since my last check up and was having a grand ‘ole time. This could have been due to stress (yes, stress can affect your fibroids. Stress affects everything). At this point, Fiona (I nicked
Those were my symptoms, but again, women do have a variety. Some women dont have any symptoms. Regardless, I would urge any woman whose family has a medical history of fibroids to ask their OB/GYN to give them an ultrasound during their routine checkups.
From the Mayo Clinic, fibroid location influences your signs and symptoms:
- Submucosal fibroids. Fibroids that grow into the inner cavity of the uterus (submucosal fibroids) are thought to be primarily responsible for prolonged, heavy menstrual bleeding and are a problem for women attempting pregnancy.
- Subserosal fibroids. Fibroids that project to the outside of the uterus (subserosal fibroids) can sometimes press on your bladder, causing you to experience urinary symptoms. If fibroids bulge from the back of your uterus, they occasionally can press either on your rectum, causing constipation, or on your spinal nerves, causing backache.
Some women can have both or just one type. Fibroids can be as few as one or many in various sizes. Again, consulting with your OB/GYN will determine this.