Types of Fibroids

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What are fibroids?

Let’s start with the most obvious question first. What are Uterine Fibroids? Fibroids are abnormal and typically non-cancerous growths that develop in or on the uterus. These tumors often vary in size and quantity. Sometimes these fibroids can be quite large and cause seven symptoms like heavy menstrual cycles, pelvic pain or pressure, and frequent urination.

Fibroids are also known by the following names:

  • leiomyomas
  • fibromas
  • uterine myomas
  • myomas

What are the different types of fibroids?

The type of fibroid that develops depends on the location in or on the uterus.

Intramural fibroids

The most common type of fibroid. Intramural fibroids appear within the wall of the uterus. Intramural fibroids can grow large and can stretch your womb.

Subserosal fibroids

Subserosal fibroids form on the outside of your uterus. They also grow large and can make your womb appear bigger on one side.

Submucosal fibroids

Submucosal fibroids aren’t as common as the others, but fibroid nonetheless. These types of tumors develop in the middle muscle layer of your uterus.

Pedunculated fibroids

Pedunculated are very similar to Subserosal tumors, with one small exception. These tumors develop a stem that supports the tumor.

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