In many cases, uterine fibroids don’t present any symptoms at all – but sometimes they do. If you think you have uterine fibroids, the best way to be sure is to see your healthcare provider, but there are also some signs to look for.
- Heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding: This is one of the most common signs that a woman might have uterine fibroids. Some examples of heavy bleeding could be soaking a single pad in an hour, not being able to leave the house, or passing blood clots. This symptom can be dangerous because it can lead to anemia or fatigue.
- Bulk-related symptoms: These include pelvic pain or pressure, bladder control problems, or constipation.
- Reproductive dysfunction: This could be recurrent pregnancy loss, premature labor, or complications of labor.
- Acute abdominal or pelvic pain: This kind of pain is rare. and it is the only fibroid-associated emergency. Acute pain from fibroids happens when a fibriod twists or begins to deteriorate.
It can be difficult to diagnose uterine fibroids, especially because they’re often symptomless. But the above symptoms are serious, and require treatment regardless of whether or not they’re related to uterine fibroids, so talk to your provider if you notice any of the above symptoms.
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