Sex can be painful if you have fibroid -Gynaecologist

Specialist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Dr. Abosede Lewu, says some women living with fibroid can experience painful sex, painful mensuration and other devastating symptoms.

Lewu, Team Lead at Girlsaide Initiative and Convener, Keep All Mothers Alive Project, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday that symptoms of fibroid could be huge, stressful and sometimes devastating.

NAN reports that July is Fibroid Awareness Month, a time set aside to bring attention to a common, yet under-discussed women’s health issue.

She described fibroid as abnormal growths of the muscles of the womb of which the exact cause is unknown.

According to her, fibroid is not cancer, saying it is common in 50 to 70 per cent of women and less than half of women with fibroid have symptoms.

“These women experience heavy menses; some use adult diapers, some sit on bowls, just to bleed into it; some need to be transfused with blood after each period, painful menses so severe some can’t move or work

“They also experience tummy and back pains, painful sex, in some, sex is impossible, frequent urination, constipation, and big tummy that may look like pregnancy.

“Fibroid can contribute to infertility in some women and, depending on its location, it can also affect kidneys, disturb pregnancy, with risk of miscarriage or premature delivery.

“It can cause repeated hospital admissions from degeneration of the fibroid in pregnancy.

“This can be painful too; with abnormal position of baby necessitating CS and risk of bleeding after delivery,” she said.

Lewu said that treatment might be unnecessary if a woman with fibroid does not have symptoms or if it is not affecting her in any way.

She advised that such women should do annual pelvic ultrasound to monitor the fibroid.

The gynaecologist said there were newer and more advanced methods of fibroid treatment.

Lewu said that women with fibroid should discuss with a specialist on the best line of management or treatment.

She said treatment depends on the size of the fibroid, severity of symptoms, age, desire to have babies and available specialist or expertise.

“The treatment can be medical, that is, non hormonal or hormonal; and it can be surgical with minimally invasive or open surgery.

“Medications do treat the symptoms and shrink fibroid, but it may grow back.

“Medications can also reduce bleeding, reduce pain, reduce size before surgery, stop the process of menstruation or build back blood level.

“Some have to undergo myomectomy, which is the removal of fibroid; or hysterectomy, which is the removal of the womb, to get better.

“These treatments are to alleviate symptoms and not a cure for fibroid.

“It is advisable to receive care from a gynaecologist than fall victim to scammers who dupe women, promising them impossible treatment,” Lewu said.


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