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How do I tell if I have uterine fibroids?

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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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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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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If I have severe bleeding and cramps from uterine fibroids, will I need to get a hysterectomy?

No: If you have significant symptoms from fibroids you can keep your uterus and instead treat the fibroids with uterine fibroid embolization (ufe). There are many reasons to keep uterus in patients who have completed childbearing. Uterus important in sexual health, cardiovascular health, bone health. For ufe you would need to consult an interventional radiologist. ...Read more

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I was just told i ould have uterine fibroids! when should I get checked?

I was just told i ould have uterine fibroids! when should I get checked?

Why did someone: Suspect this. If they felt an enlarged uterus on exam, or you have heavy periods that may be common reason why a provider would suggest this. A pelvic ultrasound would confirm this and i would recommend speaking to your obgyn about pursuing this further. Fibroids are usually benign tumors but i would follow up with your gyn to get more specific information. ...Read more

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I have uterine fibroid. I had my period on 12 jan to 16th. 20 to 24th i had unprotected sex. Is it possible i get pre?

Yes: Its always possible to get pregnant, so use protection or contraception, however with this amount of bleeding and a negative pregnancy test it will be more difficult and its due to the fibroid. ...Read more

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Will I need surgery to get rid of my uterine fibroids?

Will I need surgery to get rid of my uterine fibroids?

Fibroids: If you have heavy periods, severe cramps surgery is a good alternative if medication therapy failed. If it s just an incidental finding, just make sure you get a pelvic exam once a year. ...Read more

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How many women get uterine fibroids?

How many women get uterine fibroids?

As many as 40%: At autopsy, as many as 40% of women have evidence of fibroids. Fibroids are usually benign tumors of the uterus that are not symptomatic. Sometimes fibroids can be painful, cause heavy bleeding, miscarriage, preterm labor, problems voiding or constipation. Fast growing fibroids need to be monitored closely and may necessitate surgery. Certain ethnicities have higher prevalence of fibroids. ...Read more

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Having multiply uterine fibroids do u have to get operated?

Depends on what : Your reproductive goals are and what symptoms you have. Patients with mutiple fibroids can have heavy periods and cramping adn this can be rather bothersome. There are many options to consider, some more aggressive than others, but your decision should uiltiamtely hinge on your future reproductive desires. ...Read more

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Dr. John Lipman
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Uterine Fibroids (Definition)

Uterine fibroids are the most common pelvic tumor in women. They occur in 1 of every 3 women regardless of race and up to 80 % of african-american women of child bearing age. They are often asymptomatic but they can cause significant symptoms (exe. Heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain, increased urinary frequency). They ...Read more


Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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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