How do fibroids grow?
Although the exact cause of fibroid growth is unknown, we know that fibroids are influenced by estrogen. It is often observed that fibroids go through growth spurts. Fibroids may begin to develop quickly, but then slow down and speed up at different intervals. This is often seen when fibroid symptoms decrease for a few weeks and then become worse than before. This is why it’s important not to disregard your symptoms and wait for them to improve.
The size and location of fibroids
The size of fibroids can vary from as small as a seed to as large as a melon, but what do these sizes actually mean? Where a single fibroid may be less than an inch, groups and clusters of fibroids can be much larger. Depending on their size and location, fibroids can affect various parts of your body such as expanding the uterus so that it impacts other organs or blocking the fallopian tubes which may cause difficulty conceiving.
The sizes of uterine fibroids range from:
- Small (less than 1 cm – 5 cm) – Size of a seed to a cherry.
- Medium (5 cm – 10 cm) – Size of a plum to an orange.
- Large (10 cm or more) – Size of a grapefruit to a watermelon.
The largest fibroid ever removed was reported to weigh over 100 lbs. You can imagine how the weight of large fibroids can put stress on the uterus and body. This of course, is an extremely rare case of a large fibroid; however, it can be common for fibroids to weigh a few pounds which can still negatively impact surrounding organs.
Without a proper diagnosis by a fibroid specialist, it is tough to determine the size of your fibroids. Some larger fibroids may make the abdominal or belly area protrude outwards, similar to that of a pregnancy. This can sometimes be a visible indicator that you have larger fibroids.
Your doctor will use an ultrasound or magnetic-resonance imaging (MRI) to diagnose your fibroids. Once diagnosed, they will work with you to create a treatment plan you feel confident with. If you’re ready to schedule an appointment, click to schedule online today.
Are large fibroids dangerous?
Large and medium-sized fibroids can impact surrounding organs by causing an expanded abdominal area, frequent urination, difficulty emptying the bladder, or constipation. Because the uterus sits very close to the rectum and bladder, medium to large-sized fibroids may put pressure on these organs. This isn’t inherently dangerous; however, these fibroids and can uncomfortable or painful symptoms.
Do large fibroids go away on their own?
If left untreated, fibroid symptoms can become progressive, getting worse overtime. It is important to treat fibroids early on in order to live a healthy, full life. Fibroid symptoms like heavy bleeding, frequent urination, pain during sex, fatigue caused by anemia, pelvic pain, etc. can negatively impact your life. It’s important to remember that fibroids affect both your mental and physical health. If large fibroids are left untreated, they may grow larger and could potentially rupture or degenerate.
If heavy, prolonged periods, or any other symptoms are taking control over your decisions, it’s time to find treatment.
How to treat large fibroids
Uterine Fibroid Embolization or UFE is a nonsurgical, office-based procedure to treat large and numerous fibroids. UFE works by targeting the fibroids’ nutritional and blood source: the artery. Embolic agents flow through a catheter to the fibroid and blocks the opening. Once the blood flow is blocked, the fibroid will naturally shrink and die. Due to the fact that the embolic agents permanently stay inside the artery, it is highly unlikely for that fibroid to reoccur.
Where can I find fibroid treatment near me?
At USA Fibroid Centers, we’ve made treating your fibroid symptoms even easier. Our centers are rooted within the communities we serve; therefore, there’s a good chance we have a fibroid treatment center in your neighborhood. Visit our locations page to find a clinic near you or give us a call at 855.615.2555 to schedule your initial appointment today.