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Uterine Fibroids Symptoms & Diagnosis

Symptoms

Symptoms range from none at all to mild or severe. This all depends on the size and location of the growths.

If you have any of these symptoms do not assume it is due to fibroids. These symptoms may be caused by other conditions. Tell your doctor if you have any of these:

  • Pelvic pain
  • Feeling of pelvic pressure
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Clots in menstrual flow
  • Long periods
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Increased cramping during periods
  • Pain during sex
  • Frequent need to urinate
  • Constipation
  • Bloating
  • Enlarged uterus, giving the appearance of pregnancy
  • Low back or leg pain
  • Infertility by blocking the fallopian tubes
  • Miscarriage

Iron-deficiency anemia may develop if bleeding is heavy.

Diagnosis

Doctors find most fibroids during routine pelvic exams. An abdominal ultrasound confirms the diagnosis. A transvaginal ultrasound may be done to obtain clearer images. A CT scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be ordered in complex cases. Hysteroscopy allows the doctor to see inside the uterus. She inserts a thin, lighted tool into your vagina and passes it through your cervix. During the procedure, the doctor may be able to remove small fibroids or reduce the size of larger growths.

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2019 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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