An extremely common condition in women, fibroids are benign growths in the uterus. While generally referred to as uterine fibroids, there are actually three different types of uterine fibroid: intramural fibroids; suberosal fibroids, and submucosal fibroids. The different names refer to the various locations these fibroids may be found within the uterus. However, fibroid tumors are not only fund in the uterus. It is also possible to have ovarian fibroids and breast fibroids.
Uterine fibroids can lead to a number of symptoms, including pressure in the abdomen and heavy menstrual periods. In some cases, fibroids can even contribute to infertility issues. Although it is entirely possible to achieve pregnancy, about a quarter of women with fibroids will experience difficulties getting pregnant.
Diagnosing fibroids is not extremely difficult. Some can be felt during a routine pelvic exam while others may require the use of ultrasound, laparoscopy or even a hysteroscopy to determine the fibroids exact location. Treatment is available for the fibroids, although it may be recommended to just do nothing if the fibroids are not causing any problems. If your fibroids are interfering with your life in some way, medications can be prescribed to combat fibroid symptoms while surgery can be performed to remove the fibroids. However, the only way to permanently eradicate uterine fibroids is through a hysterectomy.
Because fibroids are in fact tumors, many women may be concerned about whether or not their fibroids will lead to cancer. While there is connection between the two, it is extremely rare for fibroids to develop into cancerous growths. Typically, a fibroid is noticed long before it has a chance to become cancerous.