Shorntay Allen believed her belly was bloated from a big meal. She joked that it was her “food baby,” until she began to lose weight. Her entire body was slimming down but her swollenbelly wasn’t budging.
She knew she wasn’t pregnant, and her belly beganto feel hard. The 31-year-old decided to go to the doctor who referred her to have a few scans done.
Allen was in shock when they told her she had a benign fibroid tumor the size of a grapefruit in her uterus. Doctors said it was as though she were four months pregnant. The only way to remove the tumor: a c-section.
Fortunately, doctors were able to remove the growth and Allenis fully recovered. She is happy report that she can still conceive one of her greatest fears when enduring the surgery.
Nearly 77percent of women will develop fibroids, typically between the age of 30 and 50. While the cause is unknown, fibroids appear to be linked to the female hormones oestrogen and progesterone which are highest during reproductive years. Typically, fibroids disappear or shrink after menopause.
The warning signs of fibroids include:
- Heavy bleeding and blood clots during menstruation.
- Peeing with your period or during intercourse.
- Fertility issues like miscarriages and difficult conceiving.
Doctors suggest that women be on the look out for fibroid symptoms because the earlier they are detected, the better.
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