Uterine Fibroid Sizes Vary from the Size of a Coin to the Size of a Melon
This information does not constitute any medical advice and you should consult with your physician.
Fibroid size is one of the symptoms of uterine fibroids that doctors follow to determine whether treatment is needed.
Uterine fibroids vary widely in size from as small as a coin to the size of a large melon. A very large uterine fibroid can cause the uterus to expand to the size of a 6 or 7 month pregnancy. Fibroids can form as one single dominant fibroid or as a cluster of many small fibroids.
A woman’s uterus is approximately 3 inches (7.6 cm) long, and pear-shaped. A small fibroid may not cause any symptoms, so you may not even know you have it. A larger fibroid may cause your uterus to enlarge, and then you will start to notice changes.
- An enlarged abdomen which may be mistaken for weight gain or pregnancy
- Pain in the back of the legs
- Pelvic pain or pressure
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Pressure on the bladder which leads to a constant need to urinate, incontinence, or the inability to empty the bladder
- Pressure on the bowel which can lead to constipation and/or bloating
- Very heavy and prolonged menstrual periods
During a visit to investigate these symptoms, your doctor will check the size of your uterus. If it feels enlarged, your doctor may order an ultrasound or a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) session, which can confirm the presence, location and size of fibroids.
After identifying the fibroid(s) size and location, and possibly after other diagnostic tests, your doctor may be able to rule out other potentially more serious conditions, and advise you of your treatment options and a recommended course of treatment for the fibroids.
If you do not notice any symptoms caused by fibroids your doctor may want to watch them and monitor the growth rate of your fibroid.
Until recently, hysterectomy was the preferred option for treating large fibroids. Now, however, there are a number of uterine fibroid treatment options including the noninvasive, outpatient MR guided Focused Ultrasound treatment for ablating fibroids of different sizes.