• Symptoms of Uterine Fibroids

    Many fibroids do not cause symptoms. If a fibroid does cause symptoms, it may be because of the size or location of the fibroid.
    Symptoms range from mild to severe. Large fibroids can produce symptoms, such as:
    • Pelvic pain
    • Low back or leg pain
    • Feeling of pelvic pressure
    • Pain during sex
    • Frequent need to urinate
    • Constipation
    • Bloating
    • Enlarged uterus, giving the appearance of pregnancy
    • Infertility by blocking the fallopian tubes
    Bleeding symptoms include:
    • Heavy menstrual bleeding
    • Clots in your menstrual flow
    • Long periods
    • Bleeding between periods
    • Increased cramping during periods
    • Miscarriage
    If heavy bleeding continues for a period of time, iron-deficiency anemia may develop. Symptoms of anemia include:
    • Weakness
    • Fatigue
    • Shortness of breath
    • Pale skin
    • Lightheadedness


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    Uterine fibroids fact sheet. Womens Health.gov website. Available at: http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/uterine-fibroids.cfm . Updated May 13, 2008. Accessed August 16, 2012.

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