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Uterine fibroid (myoma)

Myoma appears most frequently for women in ages between 20 and 50, more so during childbearing ages, and generally shrinks after menopause. Myoma is mostly non-cancerous and asymptomatic if it is small in size. Myoma can, however, pose serious threats depending on its size and location.

Myoma located inside the uterine wall (submucosal myoma) can cause one to be anemic by inducing heavy bleeding during menstruations and /or spotting between periods.  Myoma growing at this location can also be a cause for infertility, as it may occupy the implantation position of the fertilized egg.

As myoma grows larger in size, whether it be on the uterine wall (intramural) or on the exterior uterus wall (subserosal), it can create pressure not only on the uterus but also on other organs such as the bladder. Frequent urination, lower abdominal swelling and pain, lower back pain, and feeling heaviness on the lower abdomen are some of the symptoms observed. A large myoma can also be a cause for premature delivery or even miscarriage.

While myoma, or any mass growing on the uterus, is not easy to get rid of, it can be treated with accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. In Chinese medicine, myoma is seen as a symptom itself and has several different root causes. Chinese medicine treats both the symptoms and the root causes of myoma. As myoma has the tendency to grow back even after its surgical removal, it is very important to treat the root causes and symptoms simultaneously so that myoma can be removed and not have it grow back again. Chinese herbs along with acupuncture work to diminish the size of myoma and eventually make it disappear without hormonal therapy or surgery. Proper advises for healthy lifestyle pattern and diet must also complement the treatment to prevent any recurrence of myoma.