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What are the common symptoms of uterine fibroids?

What are the common symptoms of uterine fibroids?

Bleeding, cramping: Uterine fibroids are benign growths in the uterus that can cause heavier, longer menstrual periods. Increased cramping with periods is also a symptom of fibroids. They can also cause pressure and heaviness in the pelvis, as well as pain with sex. ...Read more

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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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Fibroids (Definition)

Uterine fibroids are the most common pelvic tumor in women. 1 of every 3 women of child-bearing age have these tumors and up to 80% of african-american women have fibroids. They are often asymptomatic but they can also cause significant symptoms. It is the most common cause of heavy menstrual bleeding. Pelvic pain and increased urinary frequency ...Read more


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What are the tests for uterine fibroids?

Tests: Initially your gynecologist may do an ultrasound. Also an MRI maybe done to better characterize your fibroids prior to treatment. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment for uterine fibroids?

What's the best treatment for uterine fibroids?

Depends: The "best" treatment depends on many things..Do they bother you? Are you done having kids? Are they growing rapidly? You definitely need to discuss options with your doc, but they include doing nothing, minimally invasive surgery removing just fibroid, minimally invasive types of hysterectomy, open hysterectomy, uterine artery embolization. Find the option that best fits your needs/desires. ...Read more

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Does a family history of uterine fibroids increase my chance of getting them?

Does a family history of uterine fibroids increase my chance of getting them?

Yes: Fibroids are extremely common and there is a genetic predisposition or tendency to develop them. Fibroids are the #1 cause of hysterectomy. In one study, up to 70% white women and up to 80% of africanamerican women were found to have fibroids at some point in their lives. Many women with fibroids never know that they have them. They do not always cause symptoms. ...Read more

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Are uterine fibroids cancerous?

Are uterine fibroids cancerous?

Very rarely: Only in very rare instances can fibroids be cancerous. If there is very rapid growth in the size, these are the ones that could be a leiomyosarcomas but again very rare. ...Read more

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Do uterus fibroids rupture?

No: But they can undergo degeneration of various forms ...Read more

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What causes Uterine fibroids?

What causes Uterine fibroids?

Unknown: Fibroids are benign muscle tumors of the uterus. No one knows their cause. Like many tumors (ie: breast lumps) their cause is unknown. ...Read more

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How big does a uterine fibroid have to be to cause severe back pain? Severe back pain with weakness in left leg

Not usual: A fibroid should not be causing weakness along with back pain. This sounds more like a disk and with weakness you need to talk with a physician sooner than later. Fibroids can cause pain in the back but NOT weakness. ...Read more

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Does uterine fibroid embolization affect fertility?

Does uterine fibroid embolization affect fertility?

Yes!: These procedures should only be performed for women who are done having kids or are sure they don't want kids in the future. Uterine fibroid embolization (ufe) and uterine artery embolization (uae) block off blood vessels that supply fibroids - fibroids shrink but don't go away 100%. Some of the vessel-blocking material reduces blood flow to your ovaries, lowering egg supply (ovarian reserve). ...Read more

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Endometrial polyp and endometriosis related?

Endometrial polyp and endometriosis related?

Not really: They are two separate pathologies...Not uncommon for them to coexist but. As one nears menopause, endometriosis and its symptoms will recede, but endometrial polyps can still occur and warrant evaluation especially if you are having post menopausal bleeding. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of uterine fibroids?

Bleeding, cramping: Uterine fibroids are benign growths in the uterus that can cause heavier, longer menstrual periods. Increased cramping with periods is also a symptom of fibroids. They can also cause pressure and heaviness in the pelvis, as well as pain with sex. ...Read more

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Uterine wall- non secretory surface endometrium over myometrium. Uterine nodule - leiomyoma of uterus without cellular atypia. Uterine cervix- chro?

Uterine wall- non secretory surface endometrium over myometrium.   Uterine nodule -  leiomyoma of uterus without cellular atypia. Uterine cervix- chro?

Path report: Is this a biopsy? Are you bleeding? Results of a hysteroscopic procedure? Go to the post procedure follow up and discuss the next step with your gyn physician. ...Read more

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5 yrs ago was diag uterine fibroids. They were small, there is about 10. Over the last weeks, i thought i was having UTI now have signs of prolapse. Have appt, what ? Will dr ask? Is hyster. Likely?

See below: Depending on number and size, you might be a candidate a uterine artery embolization which can shrink the fibroids with surgery. However; sometimes hysterectomy maybe the only option. Talk to your doctor about your options. ...Read more

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Can uterine fibroids affect sex?

No: They are fibrous masses that take up space in your uterus, can cause excessive uterine bleeding, but do not affect sex. ...Read more

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Heavy uterine bleeding 3 weeks pelvic/transvaginal us hyperechoic uterine fundal myometrial focus may represent atypical fibroid or adenomyosis ?

Heavy uterine bleeding 3 weeks pelvic/transvaginal  us  hyperechoic uterine fundal myometrial focus may represent atypical fibroid or adenomyosis ?

Bleeding: Since its a focal area its more likely to be adenomyosis, which typically gets progressively worse as you age. However, you're also at the age when ovarian dysfunction often causes irregular, heavy and/or prolonged bleeding. You might be a good candidate for an endometrial ablation assuming you are done with having babies. ...Read more

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How do I tell if I have uterine fibroids?

Assess your symptoms: More common symptoms of uterine fibroids are: bleeding between periods; heavy menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia); menstrual periods that may last longer than normal; need to urinate more often; pelvic cramping or pain with periods; sensation of fullness or pressure in lower abdomen; pain during intercourse. Pelvic exam may be revealing. Pelvic imaging may be done. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with uterine fibroids. Being that estrogen makes them grow, is it safe to take vitamins specific for women which has estrogen?

I have been diagnosed with uterine  fibroids.  Being that estrogen makes them grow, is it safe to take vitamins specific for women which has  estrogen?

Yes: Because if you are not yet menopausal, then you are still making estrogen in your ovaries. The amount you will get in an over the counter vitamin is likely small. ...Read more

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Can uterine fibroid grow quickly?

Sometimes, get US: Anyone can get a uterine fibroid, which is an overgrowth of muscle cells in the shape of a ball. Like moles on the skin, they come in different sizes/shapes; RARELY cancerous. You only need surgery if you have symptoms like pain/pressure/incontinence/bleeding/bloating. Size/location don't matter. Lupron (leuprolide) or embolization are ways to control w/out surgery. US follow up is very important. ...Read more

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What leiomyomatous uterus?

It means fibroids: Fibroids are non-cancerous growths of the muscular layer of the uterus. They are hormonally driven and can grow in size and cause problems for many women. They can cause pelvic pain, urinary symptoms, and constipation if a large enough size. They can also cause abnormal bleeding and heavy periods. They can also be found incidentally and cause no symptoms or problems. ...Read more

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Fibroid (Definition)

A leiomyomata(fibroid) is a smooth muscle growth in the uterus that is rubbery, binds the female hormone estrogen and can grow to "epic" proportions causing distortion of the uterus. They cause bleeding, and burning pain( aka "fireball tumor") as ...Read more


Uterus (Definition)

The uterus is a muscular organ in a woman's pelvis where the the fertilized egg attaches ...Read more