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Signs and Symptoms of Uterine Fibroids

Between 20 and twenty-five percent of American women over the age of thirty-five have uterine fibroids.  They are benign growths that range in size from a pea to an orange.  You can have one fibroid or a whole cluster.  Many women are unaware that they have uterine fibroids; the fibroids are often discovered during a routine medical examination.  We have put together a list of common signs and symptoms of uterine fibroids below.

Also, we have information on diagnosis, helpful books and valuable resources for patients.

The Most Common Signs and Symptoms of Uterine Fibroids include:

  • A dull ache in the abdomen, pelvis or back
  • Abnormal menstrual bleeding
  • Excessive menstrual bleeding
  • Prolonged menstrual bleeding
  • Bladder infections
  • Painful intercourse
  • Infertility
  • Constipation
  • Frequent urination
  • Difficulty emptying your bladder
  • Difficulty emptying your bowels
  • Pelvic pressure
  • Spotting or bleeding between periods

As many as seventy-five percent of women have uterine fibroids at some point in their lives.  In many of these cases, the uterine fibroids cause no symptoms at all.  Uterine fibroids are harmless, and if they aren’t causing symptoms, they do not need to be treated at all.

Uterine fibroids are not cancerous, and have a less than one-half of one percent chance of becoming cancerous before menopause.  Uterine fibroids most often cease after menopause, and the symptoms usually disappear.  New growths after menopause may mean the presence of uterine cancer.

Diagnosis of Uterine Fibroids

A diagnosis of uterine fibroids is most often made through a pelvic examination.  The doctor may feel the uterine fibroids while pressing on the abdomen.  A pelvic ultrasound

is often used to confirm the diagnosis of uterine fibroids.  If a pelvic ultrasound doesn’t provide enough information, a CT scan or an MRI may be used.

Books for Women With Signs and Symptoms of Uterine Fibroids

What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Fibroids: New Techniques and Therapies–Including Breakthrough Alternatives to Hysterectomy
Scott C. Goodwin
100 Questions & Answers About Uterine Fibroids
Lloyd B. Greig

Natural Treatment of Fibroid Tumors and Endometriosis
Susan Lark
Healing Fibroids: A Doctor’s Guide to a Natural Cure
Allan Warshowsky

Uterine Fibroids Resources

General Patient Resources

  • Sex, Lies and Uterine Fibroids

A woman’s guide to understanding and treating uterine fibroids. Also: The personal journey of one woman who ‘ignored’ her uterine fibroids for nearly 14 years.

  • Center For Uterine Fibroids

Information about Uterine Fibroids. Brigham and Women’s Hospital · 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur · 160, New Research Building · Boston, MA 02115

  • PCOS and Fibroids . com

Discover how to get rid of your uterine fibroids 100% naturally and permanently without spending your money on drugs and other expensive fibroid treatments.

  • Hope For Fibroids Organization

OBGYN .net Fibroid Resource Center Forum – Heroes and Hope For Fibroids – Hope Waltman Forum Moderator

  • MD Junction

Uterine Fibroids Forums. Discussions, Q&A and friends dealing with Uterine Fibroids.

Medical Resources

  • Mayo Clinic

Comprehensive overview covers symptoms, causes, treatment of these noncancerous uterine tumors.

  • Medline Plus

A service of the US National Library of Medicine.

  • Web MD

Find in-depth information on uterine fibroids including symptoms ranging from bleeding between periods to pain during sexual intercourse and low back pain.