Fibroids are benign tumors which develops within the female uterus. Their cause is generally unknown, their symptoms can be very painful and abnormally long menstrual cycles. As per studies, 25% of women have fibroids large enough to cause symptoms and 30-50% of women actually have fibroids that doesn’t cause any symptoms.
There are four different types of fibroids that can develop in different locations in the uterus:
Subserosal fibroids are normally grown on the outside of the uterus, which is also called as serosa. These tumors causes no symptoms until it becomes large enough and make the women’s womb look larger on one side. Its growth puts additional pressure on the organs around it.
At times, Subserosal fibroids might be joined to the uterus by a stem like base. Over time these fibroids can grow bigger but they do not usually influence the size of the uterus cavity. This kind of fibroids also spread in a specific area among women in their prime reproductive years.
Symptoms of Subserosal fibroids
Normally majority of the women with Subserosal fibroids don’t experience any symptoms. However problems are caused by large and pendunculated fibroid tumors. Subserosal fibroids do not affect menstrual flows as it is developed outside of the uterus. Here are some of the common symptoms faced by women with Subserosal fibroids:
- Frequent urination
- Back pain and pelvic pain
- Abdominal cramping and pain
Triggers and Root Causes of Subserosal fibroids
Root cause of uterine fibroids is still unknown to medical science. But there are certain factors that may trigger development of fibroids. Hereditary plays a crucial role, Fibroids may run in the family. If your mother, sister, or grandmother has a history of this condition, you may develop it as well. Also during pregnancy, the production of progesterone and estrogen usually increases. Fibroids may develop and grow rapidly while you’re pregnant. These hormones can produced by the ovaries. They cause the uterine lining to regenerate during each menstrual cycle and may stimulate the growth of fibroids.
How Subserosal fibroids affects the Pregnancy?
Subserosal fibroid tumors are located on the outer surface of the uterus. When these tumors start growing, they start exerting pressure on the nearby organs and sometimes hamper the blood supply to these organs. In some cases, when the subserosal fibroids are enlarged, they start putting pressure on fallopian tube. This can cause blockage of the fallopian tube, thereby preventing sperm and egg from meeting.
Also the enlarged subserosal fibroids may distort the pelvic anatomy to such an extent that it becomes hard for the fallopian tube to collect an egg at the time of ovulation. This again may lead to the infertility. These kinds of fibroids can also interfere with a pregnancy. During pregnancy they can cramp and crowd the uterus. This will not only affect the development of the fetus, but also complicates the pregnancy and labor.