The uterus can appear bigger than normal when subserous fibroids have grown on the outside of the organ.
They typically grow during menstruation, as this is when their blood supply to the uterus is greatest. The blood supplies the subserous fibroids with nutrients and oxygen, which causes them to accelerate their growth.
Subserous fibroids have the potential to grow very big, and can even expand to the size of a six month pregnancy. They can cause a feeling of bulkiness and constant discomfort.
Pain is often reported in other locations of the body like the lower back or the backside of the legs due to the stimulation of sensory nerves in these areas.
There are certain sysmptoms for subserous fibroids. They are abdominal bloating during mensuration cycle and looking like a pregnant woman.
Due to their size and its location they give pressure to other parts of the body including colon, making difficult to move the bowels and bladder, resulting difficulty in urinating. They also affect the tubes connecting bladder to kidneys.
An additional adverse condition that causes extreme pain is tissue death of the internal areas of the fibroids which is caused by the lack of a large blood supply that they demand and sometimes can not get enough of in order to stay alive.
They can sometimes be mistaken for ovarian cysts, especially if they are attached to the outside of the uterus by a stalk. The only way doctors can tell the difference between a subserous fibroid and an ovarian cyst is by performing an MRI, as ultrasounds dont give enough information. MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging and it is a new technology that allows a radiologist to produce detailed pictures of the inside of the body.
This type of fibroid is reported by doctors to be more easily removed by surgery because they are located on the outside of the uterus. Most often, the option of choice is called a laparoscopic myomectomy that uses small “keyhole” incisions into the abdomen to take out the fibroid.
The Third Military Medical University in China conducted a study about the effectiveness of myomectomies and Uterine Artery Embolization, which is a method that surgically blocks the blood flow to the fibroids, thus shrinking them through preventing them access to blood and nutrition.
The doctors treated 142 women with fibroids ranging from 2 cm to 12 cm with either myomectomy or Uterine Artery Embolization, and then followed up with each woman about 16 months later to see whether the fibroids came back. They found that the fibroids grew back in 5 of the women, which indicates that it is not completely foolproof.
There are some risks indulged in fast resulting surgical methods. laparascopic myomectomies cause damage to blood vessels or the intestines and also creates additional scar tissue and adhesions, which damages our digestion and fertility. Tissues die due to Uterine Artery Embolization, which causes serious infection in the uterus which can soon spread to all the other parts of our body. Dead tissues creates pain, and makes very unpleasant vaginal odor.
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