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A 21-year-old member asked:

how do i tell if i have uterine fibroids?

4 doctor answers18 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
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.
Dr. Susan Johnson
Gynecology 34 years experience
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.
Dr. Lillian Schapiro
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
If you are having irregular bleeding or change in bleeding, you may need an endometrial biopsy. Your doctor may recommend an ultrasound or a sonohysterogram. A sonohysterogram involves injecting fluid into the uterine cavity to see if there are fibroids or polyps in the linine.
Jul 11, 2012
Dr. Carolyn Thompson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Exam: Ultrasound and pelvic exam are the usual methods used to diagnose uterine fibroids.
Dr. Hugo Ribot
Obstetrics and Gynecology 35 years experience
Ultrasound: The most common way to detect fibroids is via pelvic ultrasound. Most of the time the best resolution is obtained using a vaginal probe. It depends on how enlarged the uterus is and how many fibroids there are. Some tumors are best seen using a technique called saline sonography where a small plastic straw is used to put some saline solution into the uterus. This can show submucous fibroids.

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

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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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