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What are the Symptoms

Many women with uterine fibroids have no symptoms. Approximately one third of women with fibroids will present with symptoms that include:

  • Heavy bleeding which can be heavy enough to cause anemia or painful periods
  • Pelvic and lower back pain
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Pressure, fullness feeling in the pelvic area
  • Frequent urination
  • Pregnancy complications- including a six-time greater risk of cesarean section
  • Miscarriages
  • Infertility

These symptoms can be caused by other medical problems and not just by fibroids. Thus, you should regularly see a doctor for routine gynecological care and for any of these types of symptoms. It should be emphasized that although the majority of women have fibroids, only 20% of women with fibroids have fibroid related symptoms. Fibroids are often found on routine pelvic exams or during tests for other problems.