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What are uterine fibroids?


Uterine fibroids, also known as uterine myoma, are noncancerous growths of the uterus. The uterus is a hollow, v-shaped organ in a woman's pelvis. Uterine fibroids typically develop on or within the inner lining of the uterus and vary in size. They can be as small as a lemon seed or as large as a softball. There are several different types of fibroids and each one is classified on where they grow.

  • Intramural fibroids: This is the most common form and grows inside the wall of the uterus
  • Subserosal fibroids: This type grows outside the uterus
  • Submucosal fibroids: This kind develops inside the uterine cavity
  • Pedunculated fibroids: These are tumors that develop a stem, which supports the growth

Uterine fibroids can originate as a single growth or in clusters. Unlike cancerous tumors, uterine fibroids rarely spread to other organs of the body. At American Fibroid Centers, our affiliated physicians are among the most experienced specialists in the United States at diagnosing and treating uterine fibroids. Our practice is recognized for providing advanced uterine fibroid care to women of all ages. We are proud to offer clinic locations in West Orange, NJ, and several in New York, including NYC, Queens, Harlem, Brooklyn, and Fishkill. Give our office a call to schedule a private consultation with one of our doctors today.

why should women know about fibroids?

Medical studies have shown that roughly 20 – 80% of women develop fibroids by the age of 50. These growths typically appear in women between the ages of 30 – 40 but can actually develop at any age. Depending on your age, race, family history, and weight, your chances of developing uterine fibroids vary. The prevalence of fibroids and the health complications that can occur with these tumors is why women should be informed. 

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What happens if uterine fibroids are left untreated?

In cases when uterine fibroids are not met with treatment, they can continue to grow. These fibroids will often continue to multiply and grow in size, increasing the level of pain and bleeding experienced.

What do uterine fibroids feel like?

Many women with uterine fibroids, especially those large in size, will feel discomfort throughout their pelvis. This can come in the form of heaviness and/or pressure throughout the area. This often makes it difficult for women with uterine fibroids to lie face down, bend over, or exercise.

When should uterine fibroids be removed?

Typically, we recommend for women to have uterine fibroids removed if they are suffering from severe symptoms. Additionally, we will remove uterine fibroids if they are found to be in the muscles or outside of the uterus.

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At American Fibroid Centers, our team of specialists are here to educate women on the early warning signs of uterine fibroids and how these tumors can be identified to get effective treatment. If you suspect uterine fibroids may be the cause of your health issues and pain, call any one of our locations in West Orange, NJ, New York, NY, Queens, NY, or Fishkill, NY to book an appointment.

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