Information about uterine fibroids
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Background information

In deciding what, if any, treatment may be appropriate in your case, t is useful to understand what uterine fibroids are, which symptoms may be related to fibroids, and how the condition is diagnosed.

Click on the links below for further information:

What are fibroids
Symptoms
Diagnosis

 

Uterine size

When describing an enlarged uterus, doctors often equate the size of the uterus to the gestation (age in weeks) of a normal pregnancy.When the uterus is relatively small, and cannot be felt in the abdomen, uterine size can be compared to common fruits:

Gestation
Uterus
4 weeks
Plum
6 weeks
Mandarin
8 weeks
Apple
10 weeks
Orange
12 weeks
Grapefruit

When the uterus can be felt in the abdomen, the following rules are often applied, the reference point being the top of the womb:

Gestation
Uterus

12 weeks

Pubic hair

16 weeks

Half way to umbilicus
20 weeks
At level of umbilicus
24 weeks
Half way between umbilicus and chest
28 weeks
At level of chest