The size of a fibroid is of the primary symptoms doctors determine whether treatment is required. The average woman’s uterus is approximately 3 inches long and shaped like a pear. Smaller fibroids may not cause any noticeable symptoms, so it is possible for them to go undetected. In contrast, larger fibroids can cause your uterus to enlarge, thus having more obvious changes with your body.
Uterine Fibroids Overview
The following is a quick recap of uterine fibroids and what to be aware of when looking at the context of fibroids and their varying sizes.
- Uterine fibroids are lumps or tumors that develop within uterine walls.
- Although they are tumors, they are almost always benign and not cancerous.
- Cancerous fibroids occuring are very rare (less than 1 in 1,000 chance), and is known as leiomyosarcoma.
- Having fibroids does not increase the risk of developing leiomyosarcoma.
- Having fibroids does not increase the likelihood of getting other forms of cancer in the uterus.
- Fibroids among women typically grow during childbearing and reproductive ages, so typically between one’s teenage years to their late 40’s or even into their 50’s.
How Large Can Fibroids Get?
Uterine fibroid sizes can range from as large as a melon to as small as a coin. A single fibroid can vary from less than 1 inch in size or grow to 8 inches or larger. A very large fibroid can even cause the uterus to expand to the size equivalent to a pregnancy heading into the 3rd trimester. Fibroids can further develop as a cluster of many small fibroids or form as one large, dominant fibroid.
Fibroid Size Comparisons
Use the following guide as a reference point to generalize the size of fibroids from small, medium, and large.
- Small (>1cm – 5cm)
- Size of a pea to a lime.
- Medium (5cm – 10 cm)
- Size of a peach to a large lemon.
- Large (10cm+)
- Size of a mango to a watermelon.
If you suspect you may have fibroids, you may be a candidate for uterine fibroid embolization. For more information on fibroids and their symptoms, feel free to contact us at 1 (800) 645-6095 or request a free consultation online.