Prevalence Of Fibroid And Infertility Amongst Females In Nigeria
By Jude Chukwuemeka
Dr Ify Atuchukwu - Medical Practitioner
Morning Crossfire starts with a very interesting topic: Fibroid. Both Wemimo Adewuni and Sheriff Quadry are able to discuss and bring out salient facts about fibroid that every adult should be interested in. First, Wemimo reels off the following:
According to research, infertility has been a serious problem in the sub-Saharan region of Africa, particularly in Nigeria, for a long time. Also, one of the problems associated with infertility amongst women can be traced to the prevalence of fibroid. Many women are unaware they have fibroids because they don't have any symptoms.
Next, a soundbite – a report done by Wemimo years ago - is played which brings out the following facts:
One in every five women of child-bearing age have fibroid
Research has shown increase in infertility and polygamy in Nigeria
Instead of acceptance and treatment of male infertility, polygamy seems to be a more preferred option
Five to ten percent of infertile women have fibroid
Fibroids could be small as a bean or as big as watermelon
Women of child-bearing age, or those who are obese also have possibility of having fibroid
Dr Ify Atuchukwu explains fibroid as growth or tumor that arise from muscle layers of the uterus. This growth is abnormal. However, it is not cancerous.
What causes it?
“There are pre-disposed situations to it, such as when you are black or an African-American woman,” she says. The doctor says she believes the Caucasian women are also pre-disposed to having other health issues that black women don’t have. “But there’s nothing actually that causes it in women and it could run in the family,” Ify adds.
She goes on to mention four types of fibroids:
Submucosal fibroids: Grow in the submucosa, which means just below the thin layer of tissue found in the uterus. These fibroids can protrude into the uterine cavity. These are the rarest type of fibroid.
Intramural fibroids: Grown in and are contained within the uterine wall. These are the most common type of fibroid.
Subserosal fibroids: Grown on the outside of the uterine wall.
Pedunculated fibroids: Types of fibroids that grow on stalks or stems. These stems are attached to the uterine wall and can grow either outside the uterus or inside the uterine cavity.
She says that if fibroids are big enough to compress the rectal area, then it could be lethal! But fibroid is generally not deadly at all. But for some women, every menstrual process is a problem. Since fibroid is always associated with the uterus, men don’t have it at all.
But how can fibroid cause infertility in women?
Dr. Ify continues: “to say that once a woman has fibroid it means she is infertile is not true. Women have had fibroid and have gone on to have children as many as they want. However, the sub-mucous fibroids are those that usually cause infertility in women. These ones are located in such a place so as to block the fallopian tubes. In that case, the patient cannot conceive.”
What about remedies? Are herbal remedies the best? What about women who go to pastors or other spiritual healing homes for fibroid cure? What is the best measure to combat fibroid?
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Prayer is the best way to heal fibroid
You can cure fibroid through peeing
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