The Relationship Between Enlarged Uterus and Fibroids
Symptomatic fibroids can be highly disruptive, painful, and emotionally draining.
Unfortunately, many women do not realize their symptoms are caused by uterine fibroids and never seek treatment as a result. At Dallas Fibroid Center, we appreciate how fibroid symptoms can negatively affect a patient’s physical and emotional well-being. Fortunately, there is hope.
If you are suffering from the debilitating symptoms of uterine fibroids or have been diagnosed with fibroids, the team at Dallas Fibroid Center can help. Here, we can discuss fibroid treatment options, including minimally invasive UFE to determine if you’re a candidate for treatment.
Start your journey to a healthier, happier, fibroid-free life.
Let’s examine the connection between an enlarged uterus and fibroids.
What is an enlarged uterus?
The human uterus is approximately the size and shape of a pear, the largest part measuring about 4 inches around. Any size larger could be classified as enlarged, but a larger-than-average uterus accompanied by uncomfortable symptoms is a greater concern.
During pregnancy, the uterus can expand to the size of a regulation basketball and even larger. It is designed to expand so that it can house a growing fetus. However, there are certain health issues – some of them serious – that can cause an enlarged uterus. These concerns include the following:
- Uterine fibroids
- Ovarian cysts
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome
- Endometrial cancer
Enlarged Uterus Symptoms
Many women aren’t aware that their uterus is enlarged until they undergo a pelvic exam, though some might notice changes in the shape and size of their lower abdominal region.
Additional symptoms might include the following:
- Heavy periods
- Abdominal cramping
- Lower abdominal protrusion
- Abdominal pressure
- Back pain
- Painful sexual intercourse
- Iron deficiency-related anemia
Can fibroids cause the uterus to enlarge?
Yes. The most common form of fibroids – intramural fibroids – develop inside the wall of the uterus, and they can grow to several inches in diameter. The uterus stretches to accommodate the additional mass like a pregnancy.
Fibroids themselves do not cause a risk to health unless an individual starts to become symptomatic due to their fibroids. As fibroids grow, the uterus will enlarge putting additional strain and pressure on surrounding pelvic structures. Fibroids not only increase in diameter but also in weight; some fibroids can grow to become several pounds.
Trusted Fibroid Specialists in Dallas
At Dallas Fibroid Center, our team understands how the pain and discomfort of fibroid symptoms can affect your quality of life. There are several ways to remove fibroids, including uterine fibroid embolization.
During your evaluation, the specialists at Dallas Fibroid Center will help you understand the optimal treatment plan for your health, symptoms, and goals. You don’t have to live with constant pain and discomfort; contact us today to learn more about uterine fibroid care.