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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 can also cause infertility.


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What is the definition or description of: uterine fibroids?

What is the definition or description of: uterine fibroids?

Benign tumor: 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 can also cause infertility. ...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 can also cause infertility.


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How big does a uterine fibroid have to be to cause severe back pain? Severe back pain with weakness in left leg

How big does a uterine fibroid have to be to cause severe back pain? Severe back  pain with weakness in left leg

Not usual: A fibroid should not be causing weakness along with back pain. This sounds more like a disk and with weakness you need to talk with a physician sooner than later. Fibroids can cause pain in the back but NOT weakness. ...Read more

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Period pain (Tip)

Period pain

Menstrual cramps may be caused by identifiable problems, such as endometriosis or uterine fibroids. ...See more

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What are the common symptoms of uterine fibroids?

Bleeding, cramping: Uterine fibroids are benign growths in the uterus that can cause heavier, longer menstrual periods. Increased cramping with periods is also a symptom of fibroids. They can also cause pressure and heaviness in the pelvis, as well as pain with sex. ...Read more

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Period pain (Tip)

Period pain

Are otc meds safe for me? Do I have uterine fibroids, endometriosis, ovarian cyst that may cause it? ...See 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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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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Period pain

Period pain: causes for severe menstrual cramps include fibroids, endometriosis & anxiety / stress. ...See more

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I have been diagnosed with uterine fibroids. Being that estrogen makes them grow, is it safe to take vitamins specific for women which has estrogen?

I have been diagnosed with uterine  fibroids.  Being that estrogen makes them grow, is it safe to take vitamins specific for women which has  estrogen?

Yes: Because if you are not yet menopausal, then you are still making estrogen in your ovaries. The amount you will get in an over the counter vitamin is likely small. ...Read more

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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


Uterus (Definition)

The uterus is a muscular organ in a woman's pelvis where the the fertilized egg attaches ...Read more


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