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Uterine Fibroids - Describe Your Experience

Please describe your experience with uterine fibroids (benign tumors of the uterus).

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Comment from: Much Faith, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 07

I am a 39-year-old black female. I have had problems with bleeding since I was in my early 20s. Birth control helped with the heavy bleeding. I became pregnant in April of 2009, and I had a miscarriage at seven-and-a-half weeks. In September of this year, I was told that the uterine fibroids had returned, but just in the last two months, the pain has increased. I will be celebrating my one-year anniversary this month, and my husband and I are still trying to have a baby. So, I really don't want to have surgery. I am going to schedule a hysterosalpingogram (HSG) this month to determine where the uterine fibroids are and if they are blocking me from conceiving.

Comment from: 19-24 Female Published: September 11

I am a 24-year-old Latina. In August, I was experiencing severe pain in my abdomen, so I went to the ER to get it checked out. The doctor told me that I probably had kidney stones, and they could not see them with the ultrasound. He did not want to do a CT scan because of my age, so he gave me medicine to help me pass the stones. Two weeks ago, I had to return to the ER because I was having more severe pain. This time they did an abdominal and pelvic ultrasound. The doctor said the results were inconclusive. I followed up with my doctor, and she scheduled a trans-vag ultrasound, which I did yesterday. She called last night to tell me the results had not come back yet, but she got the full report of my ER visit. She then told me that it showed a uterine fibroid that I have had since 2004! Nobody ever told me that, and I gave birth in 2006. I cannot believe that I have lived with this for four, almost five, years and no one said anything. In late 2004 early 2005, I had an ultrasound performed because I had lower abdominal pain that the doctors wrote off as a UTI, which is funny because the only symptom I had was the pain. I didn't have any urinary symptoms at all. It also showed gallstones, which they also did not tell me about in the ER.

Comment from: yams41, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 11

I have uterine fibroids and have had them for years. When my OB/GYN first told me I had fibroids, we decided to take the watch-and-wait route because I didn't have any problems. Now about 10 years later, I have severe/killer cramps, backaches, and constipation. I do not want to have a hysterectomy and my doctor also feels the same. Since I am close to menopause, he suggests that I keep playing the waiting game. I don't have any heavy bleeding, probably thanks to the birth control pills that I take. I found that if I take a painkiller on the first sign of pain, it help lessens the severe cramps. I am also starting to watch my diet. I make sure to eat lots of fruits and vegetables and drink plenty of water. Exercise also helps reduce the cramping.

Comment from: Yaya, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 03

I am 35 years old and my doctor just called and said I have many fibroids. I have to go in on Thursday to find out what is next. I want to have more children so I'm a bit worried.

Comment from: Trish, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 06

I am scheduled for a uterine ultrasound tomorrow because my gynecologist thinks I have fibroids. I'm 35 and am petrified that it is something else (cancer). The last 3 months I've noticed my lower stomach bulging a little and having to urinate more often.

Comment from: Annomous, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 13

I was told by my doctor that my uterus was the size of a woman who is four months pregnant.

Comment from: Angeil, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 16

I am a 30-year-old female. I had been experiencing pain during intercourse and heavy bleeding during my cycles (five days). I would have really bad cramping as well. I went to my fertility doctor who noticed five fibroids. We did surgery a month later and she discovered eight more with three weighing a pound a piece. I am now recovering now and it's been about two months since the surgery and I feel so much better. No feeling of urinating or pressure in my lower abdominal area, and no pain during sex. Unfortunately the only way for us to get pregnant is IVF but that is our next step after I fully heal.

Comment from: dorah angela, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 28

I am 26 years of age and I found out that I have uterine fibroids. I was going into my periods and I had too much pain in the lower abdomen and the back was aching plus my legs.


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Uterine Fibroids - Outlook and Prognosis

Did you have your uterine fibroids removed? Describe your experience and prognosis.

Uterine Fibroids - Symptoms

What are your symptoms of uterine fibroid?

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