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How Do I Know if I Have Fibroid Tumors of the Uterus?

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Updated April 11, 2014

Question: How Do I Know if I Have Fibroid Tumors of the Uterus?
Answer: How do you know if you have uterine fibroids? It's not likely that you do know when you have fibroid tumors of the uterus. Most uterine fibroids do not cause any symptoms and do not require treatment other than regular observation by a physician. Fibroids may be discovered during routine gynecologic examination or during prenatal care.

Some women who have uterine fibroids may experience symptoms such as excessive or painful bleeding during menstruation, bleeding between periods, a feeling of fullness in the lower abdomen, frequent urination resulting from a fibroid that compresses the bladder, pain during sexual intercourse, or low back pain. Although reproductive symptoms such as infertility, recurrent spontaneous abortion, and early onset of labor during pregnancy have been attributed to fibroids to any of these symptoms. In rare cases, a fibroid can compress and block the fallopian tube, preventing fertilization and migration of the ovum or egg; after surgical removal of the fibroid, fertility is generally restored.

Fibroid Tumors of the Uterus Q&A

Reproduced from the Natinal Institute of Child Health & Human Developement

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