Fibroids: Does Size Matter?

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Fibroids: Does Size Matter?

Fibroids can range in size, from as small as a pea to as large as a grapefruit. Fibroids can also occur as single entities, as a group, or as a cluster which can also vary in size.

In fact, the largest fibroid ever removed from a surviving human weighed over 100 pounds. Yikes.

While a fibroid of any size can cause potential complications, larger fibroids are more likely to cause more severe symptoms, and can even lead to hospitalization.

In fact, one study shows that in 2017, fibroids sent over 65,000 women to the emergency room. This is a big jump from another study in 2006, which showed that just over 23,000 women visited the ER because of fibroid symptoms.

Though women dealing with fibroids of any size can end up having to take a trip to the ER, larger fibroids are more likely to cause serious complications. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Impacting the uterine lining: fibroids found on the inside of your uterus may change the shape of your uterine lining. If not removed, they can impact your ability to become or stay pregnant.
  • Uterine damage: Fibroids that are larger than a three-month-old fetus can cause damage to your uterus during surgical removal, and should be treated before reaching that size.
  • Ruptures: Very large fibroids may burst inside you, causing sudden, extreme pain.
  • Blood clots: Though it is extremely uncommon, very large fibroids can cause you to develop a pulmonary embolism (blood clot in your lung), a potentially fatal complication.

Fibroid size can also cause painful bloating, and weight gain that can contribute to a series of other health issues.

Fibroids may not be entirely preventable, but they are treatable. And the earlier the detection, the better. By getting screened for fibroids and catching them early, most women can avoid developing larger fibroids, and can do so with a non-invasive procedure like Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE).

So the bottom line is to stay on top of your uterine health. If you think you may be experiencing symptoms from uterine fibroids, please make an appointment as soon as possible. The sooner they are found and treated, the better.

For more information on UFE, please call our office today at 301-622-536

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