Uterine fibroids are growths in or on the walls of the uterus. They consist of smooth muscle cells and connective tissue.A person may have one or multiple fibroids. They can be as small as an apple seed or as big as a grapefruit (or sometimes even larger than that). They can also shrink or grow over time.
The most important characteristic of fibroids is that they’re almost always benign, or noncancerous. That said, some fibroids begin as cancer — but benign fibroids can’t become cancer. Cancerous fibroids are very rare. Because of this fact, it’s reasonable for women without symptoms to opt for observation rather than treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Fibroids usually don’t show many symptoms. But, some women may experience heavy and long periods, pelvic pain, frequent urination, and backache.
If symptoms are nil or less, they aren’t treated actively.
Fibroids are diagnosed using imaging techniques such as MRI, Hysteroscopy, Hysterosalpingography, etc.