What are fibroids?
Fibroids, or in medical terms, a leiomyoma, is a proliferation of a type of muscle cells in the uterus. In the truest sense, it is benign cancer. It usually emerges from the smooth muscle cells of the uterus. Still, it may also arise from the cervix or the broad ligament, a suspended ligament attached to the uterus and the pelvic wall. They are typically painless, but the patient may complain of heavy and early bleeding.
What are the different types of Fibroids?
The types of fibroids can be based on location and their relation to the muscular wall of the uterus.
Based on location in the pelvic cavity, it can be
- A uterine fibroid: is located inside the uterus.
- A cervical fibroid arises from the cervix, which connects the vagina to the uterus.
- A parasitic fibroid arises from the uterus but may attach to some