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Medical science confirms that fibroids represent the most common tumor of the female reproductive system, usually growing within the walls of the uterus. Up to 77 percent of women may develop them in their childbearing years without even knowing it.

Understanding the Fibroid Tumor

Fibroids contain muscle cells and fibrous tissue, and more than 99 percent classify as benign. Some fibroids may measure about the size of a pea while others can match the diameter of a softball. They can affect the menstrual cycle, and we offer the highest quality of sanitary products that provide the safe, reliable and comfortable protection that women need and deserve.

Learning How Fibroids Affect the Menstrual Cycle

Fibroids may occur as clusters or as single tumors, and their symptoms depend on their size, location and number. The effects that they can produce on the menstrual cycle include these:

  • periods that last more than seven days
  • heavy bleeding
  • pressure or pain in the pelvic region
  • urinating frequently
  • incomplete depletion or difficulty in emptying the bladder
  • backache
  • leg pains
  • constipation

Medicine Net points out that “abnormal uterine bleeding” represents the most common symptom of fibroids. When they occur near the uterine lining, they can create conditions that produce heavy, painful and prolonged periods as well as spotting in between cycles. While most fibroids may not provide any symptoms, they can create the potential for developing iron deficiency anemia in women who have excessive bleeding. A severe and localized pain may occur as fibroids shrink and degenerate. No one wants to complicate the difficulties of the menstrual cycle with protection that does not provide complete confidence. Our Pretty Panty takes care of the need for privacy, simplicity and effectiveness with an attractive and leakproof undergarment with a sewn-in pad. It lets women conduct their affairs with sophistication and aplomb in business meetings, social events, casual outings or at home with the family.

Finding the Causes of Fibroids

Medical science does not understand the causes of uterine fibroids, but Mayo Clinic suggests that they start with a single cell that “repeatedly divides” to create them. Clinical experience and research point to verifiable factors as potential causes.

Genetics

Scientists have noticed that some fibroids contain changes in genes that appear different from those in the cells of normal uterine muscles.

Hormones

The two hormones that prepare the uterine lining for pregnancy each month, estrogen and progesterone, seem to help promote the development of fibroids. Analysis of fibroid tissue reveals a higher level of the two hormones than normal uterine muscles contain. The theory gains support from research that shows shrinkage in fibroids after menopause and a decrease in the production of hormones. Fibroids may increase in size rapidly, slowly or not at all.

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Considering the Likelihood of Getting Fibroids

Research shows a genetic link between female family members that produces an increased risk of developing fibroids. Ethnicity influences the risk level as well with a higher occurrence among black women than in other groups, and they may occur at younger ages. Mayo suggests that several factors other than genetics and hormones can affect the development of fibroids.

  • early onset of menstruation
  • beer and other alcoholic drinks
  • birth control
  • bleeding between periods
  • diet containing more red meat than green vegetables, dairy and fruit
  • obesity
  • pain during intercourse
  • vitamin D deficiency

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Reducing the Risk of Developing Fibroids

A recent study that Web MD cites shows that a healthy diet can help “lower the risk of developing fibroids.” Whole grain foods, apples, tomatoes, cabbage and broccoli may help lower the risk. Research shows a link between fibroid development and high blood pressure for post-menopausal women, and managing it with diet, medication or lifestyle may help as well.

While the research does not yet present conclusive results, stress and fibroids may have a connection. Web MD recommends relaxation techniques like yoga that can slow the heart rate and lower blood pressure. Massage and the ancient Chinese exercise tai chi may help manage stress. Some women find that supplements may not provide the pain relief that they want. Raspberry leaf tea and other natural supplements may help treat PMS, but they can produce an effect similar to estrogen that makes fibroids worse. A diet of red meat, high-fat dairy products and processed foods, alcohol and caffeine can create the opposite results of reducing the impact of fibroids. Studies show that women who run, walk or dance about seven hours a week have the lowest chance of getting fibroids. Expert opinion points to smoking as a cause of increased menstrual pain by reducing the amount of oxygen that reaches the pelvic region. A high-sugar diet seems to have links to a higher fibroid risk.

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