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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

Dr. Katharine Cox
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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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Is it likely to bleed to death from uterine fibroids?

Is it likely to bleed to death from uterine fibroids?

No, but seek help: While it is not likely to bleed to death from fibroids, the amount of bleeding, size of clots that come out can be very scary to women. These heavy bleeding episodes (menorrhagia) can cause profound anemia. The most common symptoms are extreme lethargy, lightheadedness/dizziness, chewing/craving ice, migraines. If you feel you are bleeding profusely, go to the hospital immediately. ...Read more

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I have uterine fibroids and my hair is not growing any more, can the bleeding and fibroids causing this?

Hair and fibroids: Fibroids can result in heavier menstrual bleeding and irregular bleeding. This can cause iron deficiency which can lead to hair shedding and hair loss. Supplementing with iron has to be done carefully because too much iron can be harmful to the liver. There are other potential causes of hair loss or appearance of hair not growing. Please have your doctor check your iron levels and do a checkup. ...Read more

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So I found out I have uterine fibroids 1 to 1.8 cm on both overies what's the best option to treat them im on depo because I would bleed heavy?

So I found out I have uterine fibroids 1 to 1.8 cm on both overies what's the best option to treat them im on depo because I would bleed heavy?

Not on the Ovaries: You mean you have a uterine fibroid 1to1.8cm on your uterus.Uterine Fibroids are in the Uterus and not in the ovaries. These don't need any treatment and I advice you follow your gynecologists advice and continue depo provera ...Read more

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What are the signs of low iron /hemoglobin? I've uterine fibroids and I tend to bleed a lot. How long does it take to increase blood if taking iron?

What are the signs of low iron /hemoglobin? I've uterine fibroids and I tend to bleed a lot. How long does it take to increase blood if taking iron?

Anemia: Signs would be appearing pale, feeling tired and weak, dizzy or lightheaded.

Taking iron can help improve blood counts but it takes some time like a few weeks to months. ...Read more

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Uterine fibroids causing bloating, bleeding and severe pain. Should I go to the er?

See your gynecologis: It is better to see your gynecologist if possible, but if bleeding is severe and pain is bad than go to er. ...Read more

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How can I control pinpoint bleeding on my bladder? I had uterine fibroids two years ago, and had the uterus removed.

How can I control pinpoint bleeding on my bladder? I had uterine fibroids two years ago, and had the uterus removed.

Need a urologist: Your bladder shouldn't have pinpoint bleeding. I'm not sure what that means, but a urologist is the specialist you need to see to investigate and treat you for this bleeding. ...Read more

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Post meno bleeding trans ultra showed uterine fibroid slightly larger minimal fluid in endometrial canal rt overy non shadowing focus pos vessel? Ok?

Endometrium: The most important part of the ultrasound with post menopausal bleeding is the thickness of the endometrium also called the endometrial stripe. A thin stripe is reassuring a thicker stripe requires further testing. ...Read more

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When are uterine fibroids a concern? I was told I have a "small fibroid" after an MRI of the midsection. But I continue to sometimes have bleeding / spotting after my cycle and I very frequently have sharp pelvic pain. I am 33 and am not sexually active.

When are uterine fibroids a concern? I was told I have a "small fibroid" after an MRI of the midsection. But I continue to sometimes have bleeding / spotting after my cycle and I very frequently have sharp pelvic pain. I am 33 and am not sexually active.

If you have symptoms: Uterine fibroids can cause heavy bleeding during your menstrual cycle. This can lead to low blood counts (or anemia). The fibroids can also get big and push on the bladder, colon or pelvic bones. The pressure or bulk can cause you to have to urinate frequently (urinary frequency/urgency) and to wake up to urinate (nocturia). The pressure can cause bloating/constipation or pelvic or back pain. ...Read more

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1 uterine fibroid (outside the uterus) took Depo-Provera shot. 3 weeks of bleeding dr says nothing can be done I am smoker - help horrible clotting cramps yuc?

Fibroids & periods: The Depo provera (medroxyprogesterone) shot in of itself can cause heavy and irregular bleeding and so can the fibroids. Once the Depo shot was given, you will have to wait for it to use up the medicine in 60 to 90 days. The exterior fibroid can be surgically removed but it may or may not solve the bleeding. How about smoking cessation to improve everything regarding your health. ...Read more

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I am 44 & faced with problems of fibroids in uteris causing irregular bleeding. Want to wait till menupause against doctors advice of uterine emboliza?

I am 44 & faced with problems of fibroids in uteris causing irregular bleeding. Want to wait till menupause against doctors advice of uterine emboliza?

If you: Have an endometrial biopsy which is benign, you can wait, as long as the bleeding is not causing other problems like anemia. Even then, there are medications that can help your bleeding. If non life threatening, waiting and watching is certainly an option. ...Read more

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Will a uterine ablation help pain and heavy bleeding from fibroids. I have that option or a hysterectomy. 41 years old. No children. Severely anemic.

Will a uterine ablation help pain and heavy bleeding from fibroids. I have that option or a hysterectomy. 41 years old. No children. Severely anemic.

UFE: Have you consulted with an interventional radiologist regarding uterine fibroid embolization (ufe)? This procedure is usually a great option for women with symptomatic fibroids. It is minimally invasive (tiny incision in your groin) and treats fibroids in any portion of your uterus, not just ones that can be reached through the uterine cavity. ...Read more

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How do doctors determine if your uterine fibroid is fast growing? And if it is fast growing, does that make it more likely the fibroid is cancerous?

How do doctors determine if your uterine fibroid is fast growing? And if it is fast growing, does that make it more likely the fibroid is cancerous?

See below: Fiberoids, even fast growing are rarely cancerous. The growth rate could be monitored by estimating the size of the fiborid by imaging, such as ultrasound.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...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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I had a baby 5 mths ago and during my ppregnancy I had fibroids on my uterus. Bleed heavy the first 4mths I bleed heavy this month is light w clots. Y?

I had a baby 5 mths ago and during my ppregnancy I had fibroids on my uterus. Bleed heavy the first 4mths I bleed heavy this month is light w clots. Y?

Time to see GYN MD: Heavy menstrual bleeding from fibroids can rapidly lead to a serious anemia (low blood level) with chronic fatigue which makes it difficult to do new child care. Fibroids can be removed without removing the uterus. (myomectomy). ...Read more

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Small uterine fibroid. Periods little heavier. Bloods show haemocrit of 32, removal suggested. Is this the most likely cause of my anaemia?

May be: It is the heavy periods and not the fibroid per se that is causing the anemia. Once you are post-menopausal, the fibroid will shrink and there may be no need to remove it. Take oral iron supplement and multivitamin and wait it out.
Get PAP smear, practice safe sex and exercise regularly. ...Read more

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Do all women with Fibroids located inside the uterus have heavy and irregular bleeding, or do some women have no symptoms with submucosal fibroids?

Do all women with Fibroids located inside the uterus have heavy and irregular bleeding, or do some women have no symptoms with submucosal fibroids?

Many have none: Many women with fibroids have no symptoms. Treatment should be based on symptoms and not simply the presence of fibroids. Many submucous fibroids can removed hysteroscopically -- a fairly simple day surgery procedure. ...Read more

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Post menopause break through bleeding. Ultra sound. 61 cm endometrial stripe. Heterogeneous uterus with 2 small fibroids. Is D and C necessary?

Post menopause break through bleeding. Ultra sound. 61 cm endometrial stripe. Heterogeneous uterus with 2 small fibroids. Is D and C necessary?

Not always.: Anytime their is postmenopausal bleeding then an US evaluation of the uterine lining should be performed. If the endometrial stripe is more than 3-5 mm then an endometrial sample should be taken. This can usually be done in the office and does not require a D and C. Sometimes your doctor may want to insert a thin flexible camera into the uterus to further evaluate the lining. ...Read more

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GYN's Can large fibroids (3) ON top OF uterus cause Sunkening IN of Ankle? Could it be they are pressing on the ORGANS? I'm Anemic due heavy bleeding

GYN's Can large fibroids (3) ON top OF uterus cause Sunkening IN of Ankle? Could it be they are pressing on the ORGANS? I'm Anemic due heavy bleeding

Possible: By "sinking in" of ankles, I assume you mean pitting edema. Large fibroids can put pressure on the large iliac veins that bring blood from the legs and feet. That can cause a backup of fluid in the tissue of the legs and ankles which leaves a temporary fingerprint when you push in on the ankle. There are other causes such as cardiac failure that you should have checked out by your physician. ...Read more

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How can I treat uterine fibroids?

Fibroids: Treating fibroids depends on multiple factors and I would suggest you consult a physician for your specifics. The main issue though is what problems it or they are causing. The most common problem is bleeding too much but may need to be managed in fertility issues. ...Read more

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How do you treat uterine fibroids?

Hysterectomy: Uterine fibroids are frequently treated with a hysterectomy. Other treatments are Uterine Artery Embolization; Focused ultrasound; myomectomy; and in selected cases, Hysteroscopic resection of fibroids. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Can a uterine fibroid be causing pain?

Can a uterine fibroid be causing pain?

Yes: Most fibroids do not cause any symptoms. However, as they grow they can be responsible for increased bleeding and pain. Pain may be only during menses or all the time or only with activities such as sex. ...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

Dr. Erik Borncamp
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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


Dr. John Lipman
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Uterine Fibroids (Definition)

Abnormal growths that develop in or on a woman’s uterus. It is unclear why fibroids develop, but hormones and family history may influence their formation. Approximately 70% to 80% of women aged 50 ...Read more