Any of the four types of uterine fibroids can have serious negative effects on your health and well-being. At Alate Health in Houston, Texas, board-certified interventional radiologist Andrew Doe, MD, offers expert diagnostics and treatments to end your uterine fibroid symptoms. For the best in Houston fibroids help, no matter what type of fibroids you have, call the office or use the online scheduler.
There are four types of uterine fibroids:
Intramural fibroids, the most common form of uterine fibroids, grow between muscle layers within your uterus. These fibroids can occur anywhere in your uterus and may grow very large.
Submucosal fibroids are an uncommon form of fibroid that appears inside the inner tissue layers in your uterus. These fibroids can potentially block your fallopian tubes and cause fertility problems. Submucosal fibroids can occur in the front or back of your uterus.
Subserosal fibroids grow on the outer layer of your uterus. They push outwards as they grow and can pressure your other abdominal organs if they grow large enough.
Pedunculated fibroids have stalks and may resemble mushrooms. They can grow either inside or outside your uterus.
All types of fibroids can cause problems if they continue growing.
In some cases, fibroids don’t cause any symptoms at all, and in other situations, they can cause crippling problems. Some specific symptoms associated with each type of uterine fibroid include:
Intramural fibroid symptoms can include very long periods, breakthrough bleeding between menstrual periods, low back pain, bloating, and severe cramping.
Submucosal fibroids are often associated with fibroid bleeding, including long periods and heavy flow. Untreated submucosal fibroids may also lead to anemia and chronic fatigue.
Instead of heavy bleeding and long periods, subserosal fibroids often cause pelvic pain, low back pain, and urinary symptoms. That occurs when the fibroids become big enough to push against nearby organs. For example, bladder pressure leads to increased urinary urgency and frequency.
Pedunculated fibroids often cause serious pelvic cramping and pain and long periods. This kind of fibroid can be especially painful if the stalk twists.
If you regularly experience any of these fibroid symptoms, it’s important to treat the problem before it worsens. Fibroid symptoms can potentially grow incapacitating without treatment.
Fibroid treatment once centered around invasive fibroid removal surgeries like myomectomy and hysterectomy. Alate Health offers a better alternative to invasive fibroid surgery: uterine fibroid embolization.
Uterine fibroid embolization is a minimally invasive FDA-approved procedure that can shrink fibroids. Your specialist administers tiny plastic or gel particles through a catheter, placing them directly into the artery that’s feeding your fibroid.
With blood supply intercepted, the fibroid shrinks, and the tumor goes away. Uterine fibroid embolization relieves fibroid symptoms in 90% of women, and it can work for all types of fibroids.
Learn more about Houston fibroids treatments by calling Alate Health or booking a consultation online now.