What is a fibroid?
Uterine fibroids develop from the smooth muscular tissue of the uterus (myometrium). Essentially, a single cell divides repeatedly, eventually creating a firm, rubbery mass distinct from nearby tissue. Fibroids may grow slowly or rapidly, or they may remain the same size. Some fibroids go through growth spurts, and some may shrink on their own. Many fibroids that have been present during pregnancy shrink or disappear after pregnancy, as the uterus goes back to a normal size.
As far as size, fibroids range in size from seedlings, which are undetectable by the human eye, to bulky masses that can distort and enlarge the uterus. A woman can have a single fibroid or multiple.
Submucosal fibroids. Fibroids that grow into the inner cavity of the uterus (submucosal fibroids) are more likely to cause prolonged, heavy menstrual bleeding and are sometimes a problem for women attempting pregnancy.
Subserosal fibroids. Fibroids that project to the outside of the uterus (subserosal fibroids) can sometimes press on your bladder, causing you to experience urinary symptoms. If fibroids bulge from the back of your uterus, they occasionally can press either on your rectum, causing a pressure sensation, or on your spinal nerves, causing backache.
Intramural fibroids. Some fibroids grow within the muscular uterine wall (intramural fibroids). If large enough, they can distort the shape of the uterus and cause prolonged, heavy periods, as well as pain and pressure.
If you think you might have fibroids…
Please contact our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Davis. During your appointment he will discuss your symptoms, do an exam (if necessary), and discuss the various treatment plans that are available to you.