Uterine Fibroids Symptoms
Have you felt a particular pain in your pelvis or lower back, or experienced heavy or prolonged menstruation even when you don’t have your period? You could be experiencing signs of uterine fibroids. Women in their childbearing years are especially susceptible to fibroids, so it’s important to understand the different uterine fibroid symptoms and talk to your doctor about your different options for treatment.
What Are Fibroids?
Uterine fibroids, also called leiomyomas, are noncancerous tumors that can appear in the uterus during a woman’s childbearing years. They can range in size from a seedling to a large mass that can enlarge the uterus, and you can have one single fibroid or multiple. They almost never develop into uterine cancer.
If you’re experiencing any worrying symptoms, consider using our online symptom checker and making an appointment with a doctor to receive a formal diagnosis.
The signs of fibroids vary from person to person. It’s estimated that 33 percent of women develop fibroids before the age of 50. However, some women never have symptoms and only discover the fibroids through a pelvic exam or prenatal ultrasound. Other women notice the signs and symptoms of fibroids right away.
Common Signs and Symptoms of Uterine Fibroids
Your uterine fibroid symptoms could vary based on the number of fibroids you have, the type, their location, and their size. There are four different types of fibroids that can develop:
- Intramural fibroids
- Subserosal fibroids
- Pedunculated fibroids
- Submucosal fibroids
For some women, especially those going through menopause, symptoms, and signs of uterine fibroids may seem non-existent. However, it’s important to know what to look for in case you do start experiencing symptoms, such as:
- Heavy and prolonged menstruation between or during your periods
- Anemia, which can lead to fatigue
- Pain during intercourse
- Frequent urination
- Constipation and/or bloating
- Pain in your pelvis or lower back
- Increased menstrual cramping
- Stomach swelling
These symptoms can bring other problems of their own. For example, many patients with fibroids also deal with poor sleep from frequent urination or pressure on their bladder. Heavy menstruation can lead to anemia which causes fatigue and a general lack of energy. All of these symptoms can impact your social life, family interactions, work, and even your sex life. This can lead to depression and low self-confidence.
Contact USA Fibroid Centers
If you’re experiencing some of the debilitating signs and symptoms of fibroids, there is hope. USA Fibroid Centers uses a treatment called Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE). UFE is a quick and easy outpatient procedure that’s non-surgical and minimally invasive. You won’t need to stay in a hospital, and you can recover at home. Our medical team uses an ultrasound as a guide and can treat all of your fibroids at once in about 30-45 minutes. Unlike other procedures, you’ll make a full recovery in one to two weeks.
If you notice any uterine fibroids symptoms and signs, contact USA Fibroid Centers today. Our treatment plans can help you get back to being yourself and living life to its fullest. If you’re not sure of your symptoms, or if your insurance covers treatment, contact us today or take the symptom quiz to learn more.