Types of Fibroids
Uterine Fibroids are classified according to their location within the uterus. There are three primary types of fibroid tumors:
Subserosal fibroids develop in the outer portion of the uterus and continue to grow outward. These fibroids typically do not affect a woman's menstrual flow, or cause excessive menstrual bleeding, but can cause pain due to their size and the added pressure on other organs.
Intramural fibroid tumors are the most common and develop in the uterine wall and expand. These fibroids can cause the uterus to appear larger in size which can be mistaken for weight gain or pregnancy. Associated symptoms include heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic and back pain, frequent urination and pressure.
The other type of fibroid tumor is submucosal, the least common of the three. These fibroids develop within the uterine cavity and can cause excessive menstrual bleeding along with prolonged menstrual cycles.
A woman may have one or all of these types of fibroids. It is common for a woman to have multiple fibroid tumors and it may be difficult to understand which fibroid is causing your symptoms. Because fibroid tumors are a diffuse disease of the uterus, there are usually more fibroids present than can be detected because of their small size. Even a woman who has only one visible fibroid needs to assume that there are multiple uterine fibroids present when discussing therapy. Uterine fibroids may also be referred to as myoma, leiomyoma, leiomyomata, and fibromyoma.
If you think you may have uterine fibroids, or are experiencing any of the related signs and symptoms of uterine fibroids, please contact your primary care provider or OB/Gyn as soon as possible in order to rule out any other complications that could be causing your symptoms. Knowing the types of fibroids and understanding their symptoms can help you choose the right fibroid treatment. For more information on uterine fibroid treatments and alternatives to hysterectomy and getting informed, please continue browsing our site.