Fibroids are non-cancerous growths that develop in or around the uterus in women. In many cases, fibroids do not cause any symptoms or problems and may go unnoticed. However, there are certain situations in which fibroids may be a cause for concern and require medical attention.
Some factors that may indicate that fibroids are a cause for concern include:
Size: Large fibroids, typically larger than 5cm, may cause discomfort, pressure, and pain in the lower abdomen or back.
Number: If a woman has multiple fibroids, they may grow and expand the uterus, leading to discomfort and heavy bleeding during periods.
Location: The location of fibroids within the uterus can also be a cause for concern. Fibroids that grow inside the uterus (submucosal fibroids) can cause heavy and prolonged menstrual bleeding, while fibroids that grow outside the uterus (subserosal fibroids) may cause pressure and pain in the abdomen.
Infertility: In some cases, fibroids can interfere with a woman's ability to conceive and carry a pregnancy to term. This is more likely to occur when the fibroids are large, numerous, or located inside the uterus.
Rapid growth: If fibroids grow rapidly, this may be a sign of a more serious condition, such as a cancerous growth.
If you experience any symptoms that concern you or have any questions about fibroids, it is recommended to consult with a healthcare provider. They can provide a diagnosis and recommend appropriate treatment options based on the severity of the fibroids and the symptoms they cause.