What Are Signs and Symptoms of the Different Types of Uterine Fibroids?

The signs and symptoms of different types of fibroids include a feeling of pressure on the rectum or the bladder, frequent urination, pain in the rectum, constipation, and pain in the lower back or abdomen, according to WebMD. However, many fibroids are asymptomatic.

Fibroids may also cause heavier-than-normal periods with clots, spotting between periods, cramping, and periods that come more frequently and last longer than normal, according to WebMD.

The different types of fibroids are subserosal, intramural and submucosal, according to MedicineNet. Subserosal fibroids are found beneath the lining of the outside of the uterus. These fibroids can be pedunculated, or attached to the uterus by a stalk. Submucosal fibroids are found inside the uterus, beneath the inner lining, while intramural fibroids are found in the wall of the uterus. Another type of fibroid is a parasitic fibroid, according to About.com. These fibroids attach themselves to other organs in the body and are rare.

Subserosal fibroids are usually asymptomatic until they grow very large, claims About.com. Submucosal fibroids are the ones that cause menstrual irregularities. They not only grow, but can travel around the pelvic area. Intramural fibroids cause the uterus to grow. Pedunculated fibroids cause great pain if the stalk becomes twisted.