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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. Wendy Askew
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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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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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Should uterine fibroids (sizes 1.2 to 1.8cm) be removed? What is the procedure to remove these fibroids? After removal, will they reappear again?

Should uterine fibroids (sizes 1.2 to 1.8cm) be removed? What is the procedure to remove these fibroids? After removal, will they reappear again?

Maybe: Small fibroids that are causing problems due to bleeding are very easily and well treated using uterine fibroid embolization (ufe). This is a minimally invasive procedure done by an interventional radiologist.You can find information at www.Ask4ufe.Com or www.Sirweb.Org. ...Read more

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Hello doctors, can uterine fibroids be removed with laporoscopy?

Fibroids: Yes, but size and location are critical in succeeding in what's called a myomectomy. The current method is "on hold" as the FDA is reviewing the method of removing the tumor(s) from the abdomen in a laparoscopic method. ...Read more

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I was jst diagnosed with a uterine fibroid im 36 an I've no kids. fibroid is 9m isit able to be removed in still hve my uterus an kids? Ov are good.

Hard to say: The ability to preserve reproductive ability after fibroid surgery depends on size and location. Your question lists yours as 9M, which most would interpret as about 27 feet in size, which I doubt; if it is 9MM, which is relatively tiny.I would think removal could be done, but would be un-necessary and this likely has no effect on your fertility.Talk it over with your docs. ...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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Do large uterine fibroids (22 cm) shrink after menopause and how much, if they do? I am a 50 yr old caucasion. I was thinking of waiting until menopause and lettingt it shrink. It isn't causing any problems other than bulk related which i can handle. My d

Do large uterine fibroids (22 cm) shrink after menopause and how much, if they do? I am a 50 yr old caucasion. I was thinking of waiting until menopause and lettingt it shrink. It isn't causing any problems other than bulk related which i can handle. My d

Leiomyomas : Leiomyomas of the uterus (fibroids) sometimes shrink after menopause, but some women have them actually enlarge. It sounds like yours are very large which concerns me. I would recommend following your doctors advice, or at least obtaining a second opinion, because it sounds like your doctor is concerned they may compress your ureters which could cause kidney damage. Please be re-evaluated or at least seek a second opinion as I am concerned by that. ...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

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How do you tell if you have a uterine fibroid?

Excessive bleedinf: Excessive bleeding and increased pain during menses are most common depending on the location of the fibroid. Other causes of the above symptoms are endo polyp and adenomyosis. An ultrasound is a first line study followed by an MRI with contrast to better evaluate . If positive they may be amenable to uterine fibroid embolization. Family history is important. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have a uterine fibroid?

On exam or US: Anyone can get a uterine fibroid, which is an overgrowth of muscle cells in the shape of a ball. Like moles on the skin, they come in different sizes/shapes; RARELY cancerous. You only need surgery if you have symptoms like pain/pressure/incontinence/bleeding/bloating. Size/location don't matter. Lupron (leuprolide) or embolization are ways to control w/out surgery. US follow up is very important. ...Read more

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What are some medications for uterine fibroids?

Different options: Treatment options:1- watchful waiting for minimal fibroid symptoms or when nearing menopause. 2- nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (nsaid). Birth control hormones (pill, patch, or ring), an intrauterine device, progestin shot (depo-provera) every 3 months for the heavy bleeding, 3- surgical removal for large symptomatic fibroids. ...Read more

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What size of an uterine fibroid considered big?

Depends: Fibroids can be from 1 inch to 8 inches, however the symptoms of the fibroid are more important. Does it cause significant bleedign or pain. Also, is it growing rapidly? Generally, 80% of fibroids do not need to be treated. ...Read more

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How serious are the symptoms of a uterine fibroid?

Depends on symptoms: Anyone can get a uterine fibroid, which is an overgrowth of muscle cells in the shape of a ball. Like moles on the skin, they come in different sizes/shapes; RARELY cancerous. You only need surgery if you have symptoms like pain/pressure/incontinence/bleeding/bloating. Size/location don't matter. Lupron (leuprolide) or embolization are ways to control w/out surgery. US follow up is very important. ...Read more

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Worried that i may have uterine fibroids. How to tell?

Pelvic exam/US: A simple pelvic exam by your gyn physician will clinically raise the suspicion which will be further confirmed by a pelvic ultrasound. ...Read more

Dr. Barbara Lavi
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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