The female body….
Apparently, fibroids, cysts, adenomyosis, and endometriosis affect 70 to 80% of women all over the world but people rarely talk about it or even know of these health conditions especially in Africa. A lot of women are still very uninformed about these conditions as they are all related to the reproductive organ of the female body.
What is fibroid?
Fibroids are non-cancerous growths that develop in or around the womb(uterus). The growths are made up of muscles and fibrous tissues and they can vary in size, one or multiple. However they are also known as uterine myomas or leiomyomas, and this happens when estrogen and progesterone hormones stimulate growth in the uterine lining during the menstrual cycle in preparation for pregnancy, appear to develop fibroid.
What is cyst?
Cysts are abnormal, fluid-filled sac-like pockets that can develop in tissues in any part of the body. They are relatively common in women and they are many different types. Infections, tumors, parasites, and even injuries can also lead to cysts, usually noncancerous.
What do we mean by adenomyosis ?
This occurs when the tissue that normally lines the uterus (endometrial tissue) grows into the muscular wall of the uterus, though it may not be harmful but might affect the lifestyle of women who have it. Some women may have heavy bleeding and pelvic pain during their periods and may also prevent them from enjoying normal activities such as sexual intercourse.
And finally , what do we know of endometriosis?
In this category, I want to make it clear that there is Endometritis and Endometriosis. Endometritis is when the uterus lining develops inflammation from an active infection while Endometriosis is caused when the lining of the uterus grows outside of it, causing chronic abdominal pain and pelvic pain. endometritis happens to be treated faster than endometriosis
Ladies, I encourage you to be proactive with these checkups and Men also encourage your wife/girlfriends because a lot of women don’t even know that these tumors are part of them as a living thing while some show asymptomatic.
Try to get a sonogram sometimes, once every six months and if your body doesn’t feel right do not hesitate to see a gynecologist too.
I sincerely hope that this post saves someone from a late diagnosis of the mentioned conditions because women tend to endure abdominal pain and normalize with the baseless myth of how period cramping is normal or heavy bleeding that is caused due to loss of a monozygotic egg as periods.