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A 42-year-old member asked:

how do you tell if you have a uterine fibroid?

4 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Lester Thompson
Pathology 33 years experience
Pain, bleeding: Uterine fibroids can result in many different symptoms, but the most common are irregular menstrual-type bleeding or spotting, and pain. The pain may or may not be related to menstruation.
Dr. Chadi Zeinati
Interventional Radiology 17 years experience
Excessive bleedinf: Excessive bleeding and increased pain during menses are most common depending on the location of the fibroid. Other causes of the above symptoms are endo polyp and adenomyosis. An ultrasound is a first line study followed by an MRI with contrast to better evaluate . If positive they may be amenable to uterine fibroid embolization. Family history is important.
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Fibroids: Fibroids can cause symptoms of bleeding or pain. Often times your provider can feel a fibroid on examination and confirm it with ultrasound.
Dr. Brian Nguyen
Obstetrics and Gynecology 11 years experience
On exam or 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.

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How will having a tipped uterus influence my baby and my labor?

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Not much...: Some women with a tipped (retroverted) uterus can experience pelvic discomfort during the first trimester as the uterus grows out of the pelvis. The orientation of the uterus will not influence your baby. Alternatively, some women may experience "back labor" due to the tipped orientation of their uterus.
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How do I tell if I have uterine fibroids?

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Depends: Many women have fibroids with no symptoms. Other women have pain or heavy bleeding. Your doctor can help evaluate with an exam and/or ultrasound.
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A 36-year-old female asked:

Does endometrial hyperplasia typically present with an enlarged uterus?

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Dr. Adam Newman
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A 33-year-old member asked:

Worried that i may have uterine fibroids. How to tell?

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Dr. Chukwuma M. Okoroji
Obstetrics and Gynecology 9 years experience
Pelvic exam/US: A simple pelvic exam by your gyn physician will clinically raise the suspicion which will be further confirmed by a pelvic ultrasound.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me about what it's like to have uterine fibroids?

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Dr. J Mendez
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Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Fibroids: Interesting and difficult question to answer, but main issue is heavy bleeding for the woman. It is certainly debilitating as most patients have conveyed and more so if severely anemic as a result.

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