PAUL MONIZ: We're talking about a submucosal fibroid. Is that right?
MARTIN GOLDSTEIN, MD: Yes.
PAUL MONIZ: What percentage of women have this type?
MARTIN GOLDSTEIN, MD: Somewhere between 30 percent and 50 percent of the female population in the United States has fibroids. Most of these fibroids do not create any problem. When people have heavy bleeding, usually it is due to a submucosal fibroid. The actual number of submucous fibroids in the United States is much fewer than the 40 percent of people who have overall fibroids. Probably 2-5 percent of people with fibroids might have a submucous fibroid.
PAUL MONIZ: Valerie, when you went to see Dr. Goldstein, what symptoms were you experiencing at the time?
VALERIE: I had been weak and tired, and I had anemia. I was not aware how heavy my periods were over the last months.
PAUL MONIZ: Is that common doctor that a woman would not be aware that she is actually bleeding more heavily than either she's used to, or she should?
MARTIN GOLDSTEIN, MD: Most of us are creatures of habit. If we are accustomed to a usual circumstance, we may not think that's abnormal, unless you would compare your story. If a woman would compare how many pads she went through during her period with a neighbor, then she might say, "Gee, I'm bleeding twice as much as my neighbor."