Symptoms & Treatment

An estimated 3 out of every 4 women have fibroids, though most don’t even know they have them.

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What Are Fibroids?

Fibroids are benign (non-cancerous) growths in the uterus. Although doctors and others may often refer to fibroids as a kind of “tumor” (and by other medical terms like “myomas,” “fibromyomas,” or “leimyomas”), don’t let these words scare you. Fibroids are almost never cancerous. Often they do not cause any trouble and are not a cause for concern. However, depending on their location in the uterus, how many there are and their size, fibroids can cause discomfort ranging from mild pelvic pressure to quite severe pain, heavy menstrual bleeding, pain during sex, miscarriages and problems conceiving – problems that often cause significant emotional distress, as well.

One of the most important things to realize is that – no matter how common, and however many women have had fibroids before you– your physical and emotional responses to the situation are uniquely your own. That is why it is vital for you to learn about fibroids, your specific condition, and the choices available so you can make the decisions that are right for you.

Depending on the location of fibroids, their, size and quantity, women suffering from fibroids may experience a number of symptoms.

Symptoms

Excessively heavy, prolonged or unusual menstrual bleeding is a common symptom. Women describe soaking through sanitary protection in less than an hour, passing blood clots as well as exhibit signs of anemia (fatigue, headaches and lightheadedness).

Women may feel heaviness or pressure in their lower abdomen or pelvis, feeling a vague discomfort especially when lying face down, bending over or exercising. A less common symptom is acute, severe pain localized to a specific spot, or a milder but more chronic pain confined to a specific area, which may indicate a large fibroid is undergoing a process called regeneration (where by it outgrows the blood supply, dies, and regenerates).

The most common bladder symptom is frequent urination or a constant urge to urinate due to fibroids pressing on the bladder.

Fibroids may press against muscles and nerves, though this is rare. Because back and leg pain is so common, it is important to look for other causes of the pain before attributing it to fibroids.

Fibroids also can press against the rectum and cause a sensation of rectal fullness, which may leading to bowel problems such as constipation and bloating.

Sexual intercourse may be painful or uncomfortable.

An abnormally enlarged lower abdomen may be an indication of a fibroid present.

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, consult your doctor or contact our clinic to set up a diagnostic pelvic examination