Lagos – A gynaecologist and an obstetrician, Dr Gabriel Akilo, on Thursday urged women to get married at an early age or in their 20s to avoid developing fibroids.
Akilo made the suggestion at the 9th Symposium and Awards organised by the Health Writers Association of Nigeria (HEWAN) in collaboration with Maximpact Communications in Lagos.
He described fibroid, which is usually associated with women, as ‘pelvic tumours caused by old age’ and not getting pregnant early.
According to him, early marriage and frequent pregnancies protect the the womb, 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.