Approximately 33% of women develop uterine fibroids before reaching age 50. Considering how many individuals this condition affects, it makes sense that different people have different experiences with fibroids. Some women never even notice their fibroids, while others grapple with their symptoms daily.
Fibroids are classified based on their location. Some types of fibroids include:
- Intramural fibroids develop along the walls of the uterine muscle.
- Submucosal fibroids grow within the uterus’ inner lining, also known as the endometrium.
- Subserosal fibroids develop outside the uterus, where they can grow into the pelvic or abdominal cavity.
You can find relief for your fibroids at USA Fibroid Centers, which may help alleviate your symptoms as our fibroid specialists create a specialized treatment program just for you.
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, influencing the symptoms you may experience.
Uterine fibroids are almost always non-cancerous 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.
Subserosal Fibroid Symptoms
Subserosal fibroids typically cause different symptoms than intramural and submucosal fibroids, because subserosal fibroids grow outside the uterus. In general, subserosal fibroids can have less impact on the workings of the uterus and more impact on neighboring organs, such as the bladder. Common symptoms include:
- A feeling of heaviness or fullness
- Frequent need to urinate
- Constipation or bloating
- Abdominal pain or cramping
We want to help women find freedom from painful and inconvenient fibroid symptoms, and offer a quick, online tool to help you see if you may be experiencing symptoms of fibroids. Check it out below!
How are Subserosal Uterine Fibroids Diagnosed?
Subserosal uterine fibroids are often diagnosed through a visit with your healthcare provider. Your doctor may feel them during a routine pelvic exam.To confirm a diagnosis, your doctor may order additional tests.
Do Subserosal Fibroids Need to Be Removed?
Subserosal fibroids don’t need to be removed to alleviate the symptoms you may be experiencing. UFE fibroid treatment is a non-surgical procedure that uses advanced technology to return you to enjoying everyday life. UFE fibroid treatment is a non-surgical procedure, which uses advanced technology that can return you to enjoying everyday normal life. Your fibroid specialist will locate the affected artery via imaging and insert a tiny catheter into the groin. Embolic material is injected into the artery to stop blood flow to the fibroid. Once the subserosal fibroid loses its supply of nutrients, it may shrink and die.
Subserosal Fibroid Treatment
Many treatment options are available for dealing with subserosal uterine fibroids. The most common type of treatment that doctors recommend is hysterectomy, a surgery that removes the uterus. Understandably, many individuals prefer not to have such an invasive surgery. Luckily, non-surgical treatment options exist as well.
Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is one example of a minimally invasive procedure used to shrink fibroids and reduce or eliminate symptoms. This FDA-approved treatment allows for a shorter recovery time, though it doesn’t prevent the possibility of new fibroids developing in the future.
The treatment option that’s right for you will depend on the location and size of your fibroids and your personal preferences.
Get Help for Fibroids with USA Fibroid Centers
Living with symptoms of subserosal fibroids can be difficult, but there is hope. At USA Fibroid Centers, we know what a huge difference non-surgical 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, schedule a consultation today or give us a call at 855.615.2555 to set up an appointment at one of our centers around the country.