Fibroids: Common Cause of Heavy Periods and Other Symptoms

Fibroids are growths that can develop in the uterus. While they are benign, they can cause a variety of symptoms depending on their location and size. In this article, we will discuss the different types of fibroids and the symptoms they may cause.


Types of Fibroids

There are several types of fibroids, mainly distinguished by their location in the uterus:

  • Submucous fibroids grow within the lining of the uterus and can particularly cause abnormal menstrual bleeding.
  • Intramural fibroids are located within the uterine wall.
  • Subserous fibroids grow on the outside of the uterine wall.
  • Transmural fibroids grow throughout the width of the uterine wall and is a combination of submucous, subserous, and intramural portions.
  • Pedunculated fibroids hang from a small process or stalk on the outside or inside of the uterine wall.


Fibroids and Menstruation

Fibroids that are close to the lining of the uterus can cause heavy menstrual bleeding. Doctors refer to these fibroids as submucous, intramural, and transmural.


Fibroids and Discomfort

While it's not always the case, fibroids can cause discomfort and pressure sensations by pressing on other organs or nerve endings. Discomfort may be felt in the pelvis, back, or even legs. Fibroids can also cause discomfort during sex, depending on their location.


Other Symptoms of Fibroids

Fibroids can press on the bladder, which can cause frequent urination. They can also press on the bowel, causing discomfort during bowel movements and constipation. Cervical fibroids, which are close to the cervix, can cause significant bleeding.


Are Fibroids Dangerous?

Fibroids can cause other diseases and complications in addition to the previously mentioned complaints. Heavy periods caused by fibroids can anemia. In rare cases, what is thought to be a fibroid may actually be a sarcoma, a cancerous tumor.


Treatment for Fibroids

If you suspect you have fibroids, it's best to consult a specialist to find the right treatment for you. Centers that offer a wide range of therapies and have fibroid consultation hours are ideal for this purpose.

Important Safety Information The Sonata System is intended for diagnostic intrauterine imaging and transcervical treatment of symptomatic uterine fibroids, including those associated with heavy menstrual bleeding. Common Side Effects include bleeding, spotting, cramping, post-ablation inflammatory symptoms, and/or discharge. There are potential risks with this treatment such as skin burn and infection. Women who are pregnant, have a pelvic infection, are known to have gynecologic cancer, or have intratubal implants for sterilization should not have this procedure. For full safety information visit, Talk to your doctor to see if Sonata Treatment is right for you.


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