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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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Dr. John Lipman
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Uterine Fibroids (Definition)

Uterine fibroids is also known as Fibroid. 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


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

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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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


Dr. Shari Jackson
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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