4 Types of Fibroids Treated at Houston Fibroids

Have you recently been diagnosed with uterine fibroids? If so, understanding the difference between the four common types of fibroids and how they can affect your health is essential to choosing the right treatment option to meet your health and wellness needs.

At Houston Fibroids, we offer treatment options, such as uterine fibroid embolization (UFE), for all types of fibroids. Eliminate symptoms today with fibroid treatment.

Let’s explore the four types of fibroids.

1. Subserosal Fibroids

Subserosal fibroids are one of the most common types of fibroids and develop on the outside of the uterus. Sometimes, they can grow a stalk that attaches directly to the uterus. This type of fibroid tumor can continue to grow outward, increasing in size. The growth of a subserosal fibroid tumor will put additional pressure on the surrounding organs.

Symptoms of subserosal fibroid tumors may not include abnormal or excessive menstrual bleeding or interference with a woman’s typical menstrual flow. Instead, the most common symptoms of subserosal fibroids are pelvic pain and abdominal pressure. Depending on the severity and the location of the subserosal fibroids, other problems such as frequent urination can accompany this pain and pressure.

2. Intramural Fibroids

Intramural fibroid tumors develop within the muscular uterine wall and expand from there.

When an intramural fibroid tumor expands, it makes the uterus feel larger than usual, sometimes mistaken for pregnancy or weight gain.

As intramural fibroids grow, they can cause excessive menstrual bleeding, which can cause prolonged, heavy menstrual cycles and the passage of large blood clots. Another common symptom is pelvic pain from the additional pressure placed on surrounding organs by the fibroids. The added pressure can cause secondary symptoms like frequent urination or bowel problems such as constipation.

3. Submucosal Fibroids

Submucosal fibroids are a less common type of fibroid tumor. These fibroids develop just under the lining of the uterine cavity. Large submucosal fibroid tumors may increase the size of the uterus cavity and block the fallopian tubes, which can cause complications with fertility.

Associated symptoms with submucosal fibroids include excessive menstrual bleeding and prolonged menstrual cycles. These symptoms can cause the passing of clots and frequent soiling, which can take its toll on your everyday lifestyle.

Untreated, prolonged, or excessive bleeding can cause more complicated problems such as anemia and fatigue, potentially leading to a future need for blood transfusions.

4. Pedunculated Fibroids

Pedunculated uterine fibroids occur when a fibroid tumor grows on a stalk attached to the uterus in some form.

A fibroid growing into the uterus cavity is called a pedunculated submucosal fibroid. A fibroid growing from the outside of the uterus into the pelvis is considered a pedunculated subserosal fibroid.

Symptoms associated with pedunculated fibroid tumors include pain and pressure, bloating, and frequent urination.  Acute pain can occur when the fibroids twist on their stalk, cutting off their blood supply.

A woman may have one or more types of fibroids. In fact, it is common for a woman to have multiple fibroid types, which can cause different types of symptoms. Even a woman who has only one visible fibroid needs to consider that there may be multiple uterine fibroids present when discussing therapy and treatment options.

If you live with uterine fibroids and wish to find the right treatment option for you, we can help. Call us today at 713-575-3686 or request an appointment online today.

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