UTERINE FIBROIDS ARE VERY COMMON NON-CANCEROUS (BENIGN) GROWTHS THAT DEVELOP IN THE MUSCULAR WALL OF THE UTERUS.
FIBROIDS ARE OFTEN DESCRIBED BY THEIR LOCATION IN THE UTERUS:
- Subserosal Fibroids – develop under the outside covering of the uterus.
- Intramural Fibroids – develop within the lining of the uterus.
- Submucosal Fibroids – are just under the lining of the uterus.
DEPENDING ON SIZE, LOCATION AND NUMBER OF FIBROIDS, THEY MAY CAUSE:
- Heavy, prolonged menstrual periods and unusual monthly bleeding, sometimes with clots.
- Pelvic pain
- Pain in the back and legs
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Bladder pressure
- Pressure on the bowel, leading to constipation and bloating
- Abnormally enlarged abdomen