An Obstetrician and a gynaecologist,Dr Gabriel Akilo, yesterday encouraged women to get married at an early stage or in their 20s to guide against developing fibroids.

This was advised by Dr Akilo during the 9th Symposium and Awards which was arranged by the Health Writers Association of Nigeria (HEWAN) in conjunction with Maximpact Communications in Lagos State.

He portrayed fibroid, which is commonly associated with women, as ‘pelvic tumours brought about by old age’ and not having pregnant early.

With respect to him,marriage early and having steady pregnancies keep the womb safe, as the ‘Dormant Womb Grows Fibroids.’

”We need to talk about this problem because the rate at which we see cases of fibroids is becoming alarming.

”This is so common among women between 35 years and 45 years of age or nulliparous women.

”The cases of fibroids are rare among women below 20 years; so, our women should do well to get pregnant at that age to reduce their chances of developing fibroids.

”We are strongly advising and encouraging our women to get married very early so that they do not face the scourge of fibroids.

”Our women should not be too choosy about the man they want to get married to and they shouldn’t wait for the man that has it all.

” Many of the women eligible for marriage miss the right men in the process of being choosy.

”And then, parents must encourage their female children by not rejecting their suitors on the grounds of tribe, religion or educational background,” he reported.

Dr Akilo further counselled women to be meticulous of the kind of Medical care they have for their fibroids, adding that the bowels,bladders,wombs, kidneys and other organs which is near the uterus might be wounded.

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