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Subserous Fibroids

Subserous fibroids are lumps that grow externally on the uterus hence making it look bigger than it actually is.

These fibroids usually appear during menstruation because this is when the uterus's blood supply is the greatest. They are supplied with oxygen and nutrients by the blood, which speeds up the growth of the fibroids.

They may expand to a great size, and even have the capability of growing to the size of a six-month pregnancy. Their size can induce feelings of uncomfortable bulkiness.

These fibroids can excite sensory nerves around the body, causing aches in other body parts like the lower back or the back of the legs.

Diagnostic signs of subserous fibroids include enlargement of the abdomen, particularly during the menstrual cycle, and appearing to be pregnant which is caused by the massive fibroid growth.

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.

Another problem associated with large fibroids is that they require a large and continuous supply of blood for survival. If the blood does not reach the fibroids, the lack of oxygen leads to tissue death of a portion of the fibroids which can cause excruciating pain.

Sometimes, these fibroids are incorrectly thought of as ovarian cysts, particularly if they are externally connected to the uterus by a stalk. Since ultrasounds fail to give sufficient data, doctors have to rely upon MRI scans to differentiate between ovarian cysts and subserous fibroids. MRI is an abbreviation for Magnetic Resonance Imaging, a new technology that allows a radiologist to obtain more precise and complete images of the internal body parts.

Since subserous fibroids are found externally on the uterus; doctors claim that the surgical procedure to remove them is much simpler as compared to that for other kinds of fibroids. The prevalent surgical choice today is a laparascopic myomectomy, a type of keyhole surgical procedure wherein the surgeon makes small slits in the abdomen to extract the fibroid.

A research was conducted at the Third Military Medical University in China, in which doctors evaluated the usefulness of myomectomies and Uterine Artery Embolization. Uterine Artery Embolization is when the blood supply to the fibroids is surgically obstructed to prevent blood and nutrients from reaching them so as to contract the fibroids.

The doctors treated 142 women with fibroids ranging from 2 cm to 12 cm with either myomectomy or Uterine Artery Embolization, and then checked upon each patient approximately16 months later to check if the fibroids had regenerated. They discovered that the fibroids had reformed in 5 of the women, which indicated that these methods are not completely infallible.

Sometimes, fast results can be achieved with surgery. However, there are many risks involved in both of these surgical options that you should be aware of. Laparascopic myomectomies are capable of damaging the intestines or blood vessels. They also may cause adhesions or extra scar tissue. This can have a serious effect on your fertility as well as your digestive system. Uterine Artery Embolization induces tissue death within the fibroids. This can cause serious uterine infection, which may spread to other areas of one's body. The procedure will also cause quite a bit of pain when the tissue dies, and the dying of the tissue will induce a foul vaginal odor.

The perils associated with surgery can be acute and life-threatening; so many women now prefer natural alternatives, because although they give slow outcomes, they do not have any associated perils. More information about such natural remedies can be found at