Facts About Fibroids
Uterine fibroids are tumors or lumps made of muscle cells and other tissue that grow within the wall of the uterus. Fibroids may grow as a single tumor or in clusters.
A single fibroid can be less than one inch in size or can grow to eight inches across or more. A bunch or cluster of fibroids can also vary in size.
Where do uterine fibroids grow?
Most fibroids grow within the wall of the uterus. Health care providers put fibroids into three groups based on where they grow:
•Submucosal (pronounced sub-myou-co-sul) fibroids grow just underneath the uterine lining.
•Intramural (pronounced in-tra-myur-ul) fibroids grow in between the muscles of the uterus.
•Subserosal (pronounced sub-sir-oh-sul) fibroids grow on the outside of the uterus.
Some fibroids grow on stalks (also called peduncles, pronounced ped-uncles) that grow out from the surface of the uterus, or into the cavity of the uterus.
What are the symptoms of uterine fibroids?
Many women don’t feel any symptoms with uterine fibroids. But fibroids can cause the following symptoms: