Ailing Chongwe Member of Parliament and Tourism Minister over the weekend underwent an operation to remove fibroids.
Highly placed hospitals sources said Ms. Mesebo, who has been at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH)’s high cost ward for close to two weeks now is suffering from anemia due to fibroids.
Uterine fibroids are common. As many as 1 in 5 women may have fibroids during their childbearing years (the time after starting menstruation for the first time and before menopause). Half of all women have fibroids by age 50.
Fibroids are rare in women under age 20. They are more common in African-Americans than Caucasians.
The cause of uterine fibroids is unknown. However, their growth has been linked to the hormone estrogen. As long as a woman with fibroids is menstruating, a fibroid will probably continue to grow, usually slowly.
Fibroids can be so tiny that you need a microscope to see them. However, they can grow very large. They may fill the entire uterus, and may weigh several pounds. Although it is possible for just one fibroid to develop, usually there are more than one.
More common symptoms of uterine fibroids are:
Bleeding between periods
Heavy menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia), sometimes with the passage of blood clots
Menstrual periods that may last longer than normal
Need to urinate more often
Pelvic cramping or pain with periods
Sensation of fullness or pressure in lower abdomen
Pain during intercourse
Note: There are often no symptoms. Your health care provider may find them during a physical exam or other test. Fibroids often shrink and cause no symptoms in women who have gone through menopause.
The Zambianwatchdog health news team will keep you updated of her condition.