Symptoms of Fibroids | Learn the Telltale Signs of Uterine Fibroids
Learn the Telltale Symptoms of Fibroids
The wall of your uterus, or the myometrium, is made of smooth, muscular tissue, which is strong enough to support the weight of a baby and the amniotic fluid supporting the new life among other things. Sometimes a single myometrial cell divides and keeps dividing. This action creates a fibroid tumor, which is a rubbery mass that is not incorporated into the surrounding tissue.
Many of these masses start out no larger than a seed and stay that way without ever causing symptoms of fibroids or being detected. Others can grow and then shrink again, while others grow steadily until they become large enough to push the top of your uterus up into your rib cage. They can develop one at a time or in clusters.
Types of Fibroids
There are three types of fibroid tumors, each with its own and overlapping symptoms of fibroids.
Intramural fibroids grow within the walls of your uterus, not projecting into your uterine cavity or the surrounding tissues. This type of fibroid can change the shape of your uterus, causing pain and a feeling of pressure, as well as causing your periods to become longer and your flow heavier than normal.
Submucosal fibroids grow from the uterine wall into your uterine cavity. They also cause longer, heavier periods and they can also interfere with a fertilized egg attaching to the uterine wall, making pregnancy more difficult.
Subserosal fibroids grow from the uterine wall outward. Depending on where they develop and how large they grow, they can press on your bladder or rectum, causing problems for healthy elimination.
Symptoms of Fibroid Tumors
While there are some differences in the symptoms of fibroids according to type, the most common indicators are:
- Unusually heavy periods happen to most women from time to time, but several periods in a row with markedly increased flow may be an indication of fibroids.
- Periods that habitually last more than one week. Most periods take less than seven days from start to finish. If your periods usually last only five days or so and you have several that last for seven or more, you may have developed fibroids.
- Issues with urination are another possible sign of developing fibroids. This can manifest as trouble urinating or having to go far more often. Recurring constipation not linked to changes in diet or medication may also be an indication of fibroids.
- Backache or leg pains with no easily explainable cause, such as changes in daily routine, can indicate a fibroid pressing on the nerves in your back.
While the phrase “fibroid tumors” sounds a bit alarming, the Mayo Clinic estimates that nearly three out of four women will experience them at one time or another and they are overwhelmingly likely to stay benign. If you are experiencing any symptoms and have concerns, consult your physician. The sooner you know exactly what is causing your symptoms, the less stress you’ll have.
Know Your Options
It is a good idea to discuss all available treatments for fibroids with a health care professional if you feel you may have the symptoms of uterine fibroid tumors, or if you have been diagnosed with uterine fibroid tumors.
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