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What Size are My Fibroids?

Gynecologists and ultrasound reports usually describe the size of fibroids using centimeters (cm), a measurement unfamiliar to most Americans.  Often, a comparison to fruits or common objects can help to understand the size.  We also compare the size to weeks or months of pregnancy, since many women are familiar with this measurement.  The following measurements may help:

Pea = 1 cm

Pea = 1 cm

Grape = 2 cm

Grape = 2 cm

Walnut = 3.5 cm

Walnut = 3.5 cm

Plum = 5 cm

Plum = 5 cmTennis ball = 6.5 cm

Orange = 6.6 cm

Orange = 6.6 cm

Baseball = 7.5 cm

Baseball = 7.5 cm

Grapefruit = 10 cm

Grapefruit = 10 cm

Cantaloupe = 12 cm

Cantaloupe = 12 cm

Honeydew melon = 16 cm

Honeydew melon = 16 cm

Uterine size in weeks of pregnancy

Uterine size in weeks of pregnancy

 

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2 Comments

  1. Posted April 13, 2013 at 5:58 am | Permalink

    I’ve always liked the fruit analogy, especially when shopping with a friend. I had a fibroid that was just under a honeydew, then an ovarian mass just over a cantaloupe. No wonder we don’t feel great!

  2. L L
    Posted July 29, 2013 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the fruit analogy. My largest fibroid is 20 cm. I have long said that I feel like I have boulders in my abdomen. Looking at your illustration just amazes me as I am a petite woman. No wonder I feel so full of boulders!

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