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Uterine Fibroids (cont.)

Uterine Fibroid Symptoms

Most fibroids, even large ones, produce no symptoms. These masses are often found during a regular pelvic examination.

When women do experience symptoms, the most common are the following:

  • an increase in menstrual bleeding, known as menorrhagia, sometimes with blood clots;
  • pressure on the bladder, which may cause frequent urination and a sense of urgency to urinate and, rarely, the inability to urinate;
  • pressure on the rectum, resulting in constipation;
  • pelvic pressure, "feeling full" in the lower abdomen, lower abdominal pain;
  • increase in size around the waist and change in abdominal contour (some women may need to increase their clothing size but not because of a significant weight gain);
  • infertility, which is defined as an inability to become pregnant after 1 year of attempting to get pregnant; and/or
  • a pelvic mass discovered by a health care practitioner during a physical examination.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/9/2014

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