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Dr. John Lipman
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Uterine Fibroids (Overview)

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 are the common symptoms of uterine fibroids?

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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Dr. John Lipman
630 doctors shared insights

Uterine Fibroids (Overview)

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 are the tests for uterine fibroids?

Tests: Initially your gynecologist may do an ultrasound. Also an MRI maybe done to better characterize your fibroids prior to treatment. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment for uterine fibroids?

What's the best treatment for uterine fibroids?

Depends: The "best" treatment depends on many things..Do they bother you? Are you done having kids? Are they growing rapidly? You definitely need to discuss options with your doc, but they include doing nothing, minimally invasive surgery removing just fibroid, minimally invasive types of hysterectomy, open hysterectomy, uterine artery embolization. Find the option that best fits your needs/desires. ...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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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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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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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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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

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. Jan Lei Iwata
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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