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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74 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 – . 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.

  3. Shrink Fibroids Naturally Says:

    My sister was diagnosed with an uterine fibroids 6.7 Cms of size and she was in much pain. The doctors advised her to have surgery but it is something that she was not in favour of and she cannot afford the costs.However the natural approach was of big help to us and her pain has reduced very much after a week.

  4. Sherry Chase Says:

    Hi I’m a 51yr and 5 days ago I had a uterine fibroid rupture. It is and was a very painful experience after having an ablation over 2 yrs ago because of fibroids and very heavy periods. I thought I was done with having to deal with fibroids I was so wrong. I guess its rare to have one rupture but they didn’t seem to surprised at the ER after they found out what was causing my pain. Since the fibroid is filled with fluid and blood that the body will pass or absorb the only thing my DR’s were worried about was an infection caused by the rupture. They did blood work found no infection was good news for all of us meant no hospital stay for me. I was given something for the pain and release with pain medication to take home. I was told that it would take a few days for pain to subside plus to not do to much. Make an follow appointment with my gyn dr.

    • Amy Says:

      Hello I just turned 50 and was diagnosed with a uterine fibroid a couple of years ago , at that time the dr. said it is so small don’t even worry about it . well, just in the last couple of weeks I had that sharp stabbing pain right there where the fibroid is at it was so painful and tender I couldn’t even sleep or lay on that side. Then last Friday after I rode my bike I noticed a little bleeding and thought I was spotting again like I been doing in the past, All of the sudden I got this warm sensation and I could feel a big gush of blood. I ended up saturating a tampon every i5 mins with huge clots. The weird thing about it is even though I had severe cramps my right sided sharp pain was relieved. Wonder if this fibroid ruptured I was bleeding so much I couldn’t go to work that day my job allows me to sit, but I can’t be getting up and going to the bathroom every 15 mins to change a tampon. I go back Monday but I am afraid to exercise again , thinking this would stir it up again and start gushing again . . . . can anyone relate ???

      • Terry Says:

        Wow – that’s the same thing that happened to me yesterday. I had been having issues and have a biopsy planned for tomorrow morning. I kept calling the dr to tell them I was in the bathroom every 15 minutes but they never called back. All of a sudden (sitting at work) I got the worst cramp (in the bladder area) like something snapped. Then I barely made it to the bathroom where the warm gush of blood filled the toilet. It felt like I was having a baby. Later that night and so far today I’m fine. No bleeding anymore.

        I guess I will keep the biopsy tomorrow since the dr never called. But I would love to know why that happened.

  5. Julie Romero Says:

    My fibroids burt yesterday at 930 am ct. I have bleed for 12 hours. After half day have no blood. Fibroids burst supsersalors. Now the numbness went from my woman organs up to rib cage. It is numb now.
    I hope I will be ok. I am tender on my chest and neasuous. Feel bit weak.

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