In women who have symptoms, the most common symptoms of uterine fibroids include:
- Heavy or excessive menstrual bleeding
- Prolonged menstrual periods—seven days or more of bleeding
- Pelvic pressure or pain
- Frequent urination
- Difficulty emptying your bladder
- Backache or leg pain
What are the symptoms of fibroids?
Heavy painful periods are the most common symptom associated with fibroids. A heavy period is classified by needed to change a tampon or sanitary towel on an hourly basis for more than a couple of consecutive hours. This heavy bleeding is often accompanied by severe cramping and can lead to anemia. Other symptoms include a swollen or distended abdomen, a feeling of pressure in the stomach area, and a frequent need to urinate. In some cases, fibroids can lead to fertility issues including difficult pregnancies, increased chances of needing a cesarean delivery, as well as problems conceiving naturally.
Find out how heavy bleeding associated with fibroids might affect you. It can be heavy enough to cause anemia or painful periods.
What should I do if I think I have fibroids?
If you think you have fibroids, you should make an appointment with your gynecologist. Your doctor will talk to you about your symptoms and perform a pelvic exam. The physician may order further testing including an imaging procedure such as an ultrasound. If fibroids are diagnosed the physician will discuss the treatment options with you and help you to make a choice about the best treatment for you.