Uterine fibroids can grow slowly or extremely rapidly, and doctors are still attempting to explain what exactly influences their growth. Every situation is unique; therefore, it’s crucial for women to get a comprehensive, personalized treatment plan for their individual condition. Some women struggle with daily pain and unpredictable symptoms, and a few experience no symptoms at all.
Different types of fibroids require a different fibroid treatment; consequently, it’s essential for you to understand which type of fibroids you have. In this guide, we’ll provide an overview of subserosal fibroids so that you can take your health back into your own hands.
What Is a Subserosal Fibroid?
A subserosal uterine fibroid is a benign tumor that grows on the outside of the uterus. These growths can be attached to the uterus directly or by a thin stalk. They can vary in size and grow on different parts of the uterus, which can influence how you experience fibroids.
Uterine fibroids are almost always noncancerous, and thus not often dangerous. Even so, subserosal fibroids can cause a variety of uncomfortable symptoms. If you begin to notice fibroids getting in the way of your health or happiness, it’s a good idea to consult your doctor.
What Are the Symptoms of Subserosal Fibroids?
Because of their location on the outside of the uterine wall, subserosal fibroids typically cause different symptoms than intramural and submucosal fibroids, which grow inside the uterine wall and cavity. In general, subserosal fibroids have less impact on the workings of the uterus and more impact on neighboring organs, such as the bladder and bowels.
Common symptoms include:
- A feeling of heaviness or fullness
- Frequent need to urinate
- Difficulty emptying of the bladder
- Constipation or bloating
- Abdominal pain or cramping
- Protruding belly or abdomen
Of course, every woman’s body is different — the symptoms you experience will depend on the number and size of your fibroids, as well as other personal factors.
If you think you might have subserosal fibroids, consider using our online symptom checker and scheduling an appointment with a doctor to receive a formal diagnosis.
What Treatment Options Exist for People With Subserosal Fibroids?
Many treatment options are available for dealing with subserosal uterine fibroids. We understand it’s important to have choices. Many of our patients discuss how they were reluctant to pursue a hysterectomy, a surgery that removes the uterus, because they were aware of its’ unfavorable side effects. Understandably, many of those same patients went looking for non-surgical treatments that gave them more options.
Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is one example of a minimally invasive procedure used to shrink fibroids and eliminate symptoms. This FDA-approved treatment allows for a shorter recovery time and requires no hospital stay.
The treatment option that’s right for you will depend on the location and size of your fibroids as well as your personal preferences.
Ready to Get Help With Subserosal Fibroids?
Living with symptoms of subserosal fibroids can be difficult, but there is hope. UFE treatment can reduce your symptoms and improve your quality of life.
At USA Fibroid Centers, we know what a huge difference fibroid treatment can make in our patients’ lives, and we’re dedicated to helping people like you find relief. To talk to one of our fibroid specialists, reach out to us and schedule a consultation today.