Do uterine fibroids burst?

Noticed that many are conducting searches with the phrase “fibroids burst” or “bursting fibroids”.

From Mayo Clinic – Uterine Fibroids

Uterine fibroids develop from the smooth muscular tissue of the uterus (myometrium). A single cell reproduces repeatedly, eventually creating a pale, firm, rubbery mass distinct from neighboring tissue. Fibroids range in size from seedlings, undetectable by the human eye, to bulky masses that can distort and enlarge the uterus. They can be single or multiple, in extreme cases expanding the uterus so much that it reaches the rib cage.

Fibroids may cause a gushing flow, the passage of large clots, and severe cramps. Because they are firm, fibroids can not burst. This Wikipedia link contains a picture of a uterine fibroid (leiomyoma) showing that it is rubbery but solid.

Read a few of my thoughts on blood and clots and cramps.

Have you ever had a “bursting” experience (lots of blood, large clots)? Leave a comment with your thoughts or questions.

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67 Responses to “Do uterine fibroids burst?”

  1. Leslie Bachman Says:

    I am 51 years old and have had uterine fibroids for several years. I have always had heavy bleeding and long cycles but things started getting worse with large blood clots that were very scary. I did not want to have a hysterectomy so I requested that my OB/GYN prescribe a medication that I saw advertised on TV about 3 or 4 years ago. It is called Lysteda (now in generic form called Tranexamic Acid) – 650 mg. My periods are still heavy but manageable with no more clots! I think the medication was originally prescribed for people with hemophilia. You take 2 pills, 3 times a day for 5 days during your period. The surprising thing to me is that doctors (especially gynocologists) either do not know about this or would rather perform hysterectomies since they make more $ from this. As long as my family doctor says it’s safe, I will bide my time with Lysteda until menopause kicks in. The fibroids should shrink after menopause when my estrogen level drops. I would recommend anyone to talk to their doctor about Lysteda. The drug company has a website for information on the drug and its side effects – Lysteda.com . I have not had any side effects at all. I hope this helps many of you ladies who are suffering from the symptoms of fibroids!

  2. Terry Lynch Says:

    Here is an interesting case of a subserosal fibroid which during gestation died but maintained exterior integrity and filled with water acting like a cyst. (called a cystic uterine fibroid)In this case the penduculated cystic fibroid was drained with a to reduce pain and in concern for strangulation or bursting.

    http://www.jultrasoundmed.org/content/25/5/671.full.pdf


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