Uterine Fibroids Symptoms
Uterine fibroids are noncancerous tumors that grow in or on the walls of the uterus. As many as 70-80 percent of women develop fibroids before the age of 50, and many of these women think their symptoms are a normal part of life.
Fibroid symptoms can significantly impact a person’s life, causing them to miss work, have a skewed body image, plan their life around being close to a restroom, and spend a significant amount of money on feminine hygiene products.
If you’re experiencing any uncomfortable symptoms related to uterine fibroids, you’re not alone — your primary doctor or a fibroid specialist can identify common signs of fibroids and recommend treatment. Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) can relieve these symptoms and allow you to get back to enjoying your life to the fullest.
Signs and Symptoms of Fibroids
Uterine fibroids can cause a multitude of symptoms, which are influenced by the number, size, and location of the fibroids.
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As with many health conditions, fibroids affect every woman differently. This is something to keep in mind when you’re comparing your own experience with fibroids to the signs and symptoms listed below:
- Heavy menstruation: Fibroids can cause unusually heavy periods lasting 10 days or more per month. Heavy bleeding is common with both intramural and subserosal fibroids.
- Bleeding between periods: Spotting or bleeding between periods can be a sign of uterine fibroids. Bleeding can come on unexpectedly, interrupting your daily life.
- Anemia causing fatigue: Heavy bleeding during or between periods can lead to a feeling of fatigue caused by anemia. Other signs of anemia include dizziness, shortness of breath, and an irregular heartbeat.
- Pelvic pressure or pain: Depending on their size and location, fibroids can cause pelvic pressure or pain.
- Pain during intercourse: Some women with fibroids experience pain during sexual intercourse. Fibroids that protrude into the vagina or cervix can cause pain during intercourse.
- Frequent urination: Because the uterus is located next to the bladder, fibroids can put pressure on the bladder, causing a frequent feeling of needing to urinate. Larger fibroids can also cause difficulty emptying the bladder as well.
- Constipation: A fibroid located on the back of the uterus can put pressure on the rectum, leading to constipation and back pain.
- Heaviness or fullness of the abdomen: Large fibroids and fibroids located within the uterine wall can cause you to feel a fullness in the abdomen. Fibroids can even cause the abdomen to become enlarged, which may resemble weight gain or pregnancy. Protruding belly or abdomen is more common with subserosal fibroids.
- Fertility complications: Depending on their size and location, fibroids can affect a woman’s ability to conceive or have a successful pregnancy. Intramural fibroids can take up too much room in the uterus, and submucosal fibroids can block an egg from reaching the uterus. In some cases, untreated fibroids can even cause complications like miscarriage.
If you’re experiencing one or more of these symptoms — or any other troubling symptoms not mentioned here — it’s a good idea to see a doctor and find a treatment plan that works for you.
Schedule a Consultation With USA Fibroid Centers
The symptoms of uterine fibroids can be difficult to live with, but there is hope. Once you’ve been diagnosed with uterine fibroids, you can begin seeking treatment to reduce and relieve your symptoms.
At USA Fibroid Centers, we’re dedicated to helping our patients discover a life without fibroid symptoms. Our interventional radiologists are fibroid specialists who can identify fibroids and recommend appropriate treatment options. Reach out to us and schedule your consultation today.