Types & Symptoms of Fibroids

Fibroids (also known as uterine fibromyoma, Leiomyoma and myoma) are growths or benign tumors that form inside the uterus.

The actual cause of fibroids is not quite known yet, even though it does affect 4 out 10 women over the age of 40.

Fibroids are associated with infertility, miscarriage and premature labor lengthy and painful periods.

Common Symptoms

Heavy periods
Lengthy periods
Period pain
Painful intercourse
Frequent urination

Main Types Of Fibroids

Intramural fibroids are the most common and develop in the uterine wall and expand. These fibroids can cause the uterus to appear larger in size which can be mistaken for weight gain or pregnancy. Associated symptoms include heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic and back pain, frequent urination and pressure.

Subserosal fibroids develop in the outer portion of the uterus and continue to grow outward. These fibroids typically do not affect a woman's menstrual flow, or cause excess menstrual bleeding, but can cause pain due to their size and the added pressure on other organs.

Submucosal These fibroids develop within the uterine cavity and can cause excessive menstrual bleeding along with prolonged menstrual cycles.

Treatments Available

If you think you may have fibroids please contact your GP / Gynecologist.

Treatment – if necessary – will depend on a few factors, for example how many fibroids, where, how big or small.

These days there are some alternative treatments which help shrink fibroids and help with pregnancy issues.

They provide relief from heavy periods, period pain and assist in shrinking fibroids.

For further information on alternative treatments, hints and tips please visit