Fibroids are benign (non-cancerous) growths in the uterus. Although doctors and others may often refer to fibroids as a kind of “tumor” (and by other medical terms like “myomas,” “fibromyomas,” or “leimyomas”), don’t let these words scare you. Fibroids are almost never cancerous. Often they do not cause any trouble and are not a cause for concern. However, depending on their location in the uterus, how many there are and their size, fibroids can cause discomfort ranging from mild pelvic pressure to quite severe pain, heavy menstrual bleeding, pain during sex, miscarriages and problems conceiving – problems that often cause significant emotional distress, as well.
One of the most important things to realize is that – no matter how common, and however many women have had fibroids before you– your physical and emotional responses to the situation are uniquely your own. That is why it is vital for you to learn about fibroids, your specific condition, and the choices available so you can make the decisions that are right for you.
Depending on the location of fibroids, their, size and quantity, women suffering from fibroids may experience a number of symptoms.