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Dr. John Lipman
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Uterine Fibroids (Overview)

Uterine fibroids is also known as Fibroid. Uterine fibroids is a condition in which there is non-cancerous growths in the wall of the uterus. These growths can cause pain, excessive menstrual bleeding, and increase the risk of spontaneous miscarriage.


Dr. John Lipman
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What is the definition or description of: uterine fibroids?

Dr. John Lipman
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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
586 doctors shared insights

Uterine Fibroids (Overview)

Uterine fibroids is also known as Fibroid. Uterine fibroids is a condition in which there is non-cancerous growths in the wall of the uterus. These growths can cause pain, excessive menstrual bleeding, and increase the risk of spontaneous miscarriage.


Dr. Neil Halin
Board Certified, Interventional Radiology
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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

Dr. Neil Halin
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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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Dr. Kevin Carson
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Is lower back ache a symptom of uterine fibroids?

Dr. Kevin Carson
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Is lower back ache a symptom of uterine fibroids?
Dr. Carolyn Thompson
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What are the common symptoms of uterine fibroids?

Dr. Carolyn Thompson
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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. Tracy Lovell
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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?

Dr. Tracy Lovell
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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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Dr. Susan Johnson
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How do I tell if I have uterine fibroids?

Dr. Susan Johnson
Board Certified, Gynecology
29 years in practice
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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. Adam Newman
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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?

Dr. Adam Newman
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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?

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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Dr. John Munshower
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48y always regular periods unless pregnant- large uterine fibroids. Missed my periods for 3 weeks with cramps all the time, negative urine pregnant test, ?

Dr. John Munshower
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48y always regular periods unless pregnant- large uterine fibroids. Missed my periods for 3 weeks with cramps all the time, negative urine pregnant test, ?

tough to say: Without an exam, it is tough to say exactly what the cause of your missed cycle was. It could be a simple "anovulatory" cycle where you just did not release an egg, it could be perimenopausal symptoms, thyroid, stress, weight gain, weight loss, nutritional issues, etc. The pain could be fibroid in nature with your history. Best to get evaluated by gyn. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Dr. Sendhil Subramanian
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What are the tests for uterine fibroids?

Dr. Sendhil Subramanian
Board Certified, Interventional Radiology
22 years in practice
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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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Dr. Rebecca Gray
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Is there any way of knowing you have uterine fibroids?

Dr. Rebecca Gray
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
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Yes: Pelvic exam and ultrasound are the best ways to determine if you have fibroids. Some fibroids are asymptomatic and are usually found when an ultrasound is performed for other reasons (ie, pregnancy). Unless you are experiencing any symptoms from fibroids, such as heavy bleeding or pelvic pain, there is no benefit to screen for fibroids alone. ...Read more

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