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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

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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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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What do uterine fibroids or cysts/ovarian cysts typically look like on an MRI?

What do uterine fibroids or cysts/ovarian cysts typically look like on an MRI?

MRI findings: Uterine fibroids can appear as dense masses on MRI, or increase in density in the layers of the uterine muscle. Ovarian cysts are often fluid filled but also can be solid masses on MRI. I would ask your health care provider or the radiologist to interpret these findings rather than trying to identify these conditions yourself as there appearance on scans are not always the same. ...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

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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Can you tell me about what it's like to have uterine fibroids?

Can you tell me about what it's like to have uterine fibroids?

Fibroids: Interesting and difficult question to answer, but main issue is heavy bleeding for the woman. It is certainly debilitating as most patients have conveyed and more so if severely anemic as a result. ...Read more

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I have a Uterine fibroid and it fells like something is falling out of me stomak is on fire?

Pelvic and medical: Exam. You have 2 separate issues and certainly get examined for the sensation of something falling out. For heartburn use antacids and OTC omperazole AM/PM. I suggest immediate GYN and medical examination. ...Read more

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What causes Uterine fibroids?

What causes Uterine fibroids?

Unknown: Fibroids are benign muscle tumors of the uterus. No one knows their cause. Like many tumors (ie: breast lumps) their cause is unknown. ...Read more

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Can uterine fibroids affect sex?

No: They are fibrous masses that take up space in your uterus, can cause excessive uterine bleeding, but do not affect sex. ...Read more

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Can uterine fibroid grow quickly?

Sometimes, get 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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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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Can uterine fibroids grow in size?

Yes: Fibroids grow all the time, in part due to female hormones. They stop growing from menopause or stopping your hormones with a Lupron (leuprolide) shot. Some fibroids grow slowly; fibroids in some women grow quickly. ...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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How much pain are uterine fibroids?

How much pain are uterine fibroids?

Varies greatly: Fibroids are benign (non-cancerous) tumors of the uterus that are associated with painful, heavy periods. They can be treated with medications that are hormonal or non-hormonal, and they are also commonly treated surgically by removing the fibroid (s) or the entire uterus. ...Read more

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How many women get uterine fibroids?

How many women get uterine fibroids?

As many as 40%: At autopsy, as many as 40% of women have evidence of fibroids. Fibroids are usually benign tumors of the uterus that are not symptomatic. Sometimes fibroids can be painful, cause heavy bleeding, miscarriage, preterm labor, problems voiding or constipation. Fast growing fibroids need to be monitored closely and may necessitate surgery. Certain ethnicities have higher prevalence of fibroids. ...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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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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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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What sort of disorder is uterine fibroids?

Uterine Fibroids: Fibroids are benign growths in the uterus that can cause problems depending on the location. Most common problems are bleeding and pain. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Is it possible that I have uterine fibroid?

Always possible: 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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How many types of uterine fibroids are there?

How many types of uterine fibroids are there?

4: There are 4 basic types of uterine fibroids:

intramural (within the wall of the uterus)
subserosal (underneath the outside surface)
submucosal (underneath the lining of the uterus)
cervical (located in the wall of the cervix)

There are also sub-categories assigned as well, but all based primarily on location. Please see the graphic attached. ...Read more

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Uterine fibroid of 2cm, should I be concerned?

Probably OK: A 2cm fibroid may not cause any symptoms at all. The only reason to be concerned would be if you have significant pelvic pain or heavy bleeding with your periods. ...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 a 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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What are the risk factors for Uterine fibroids?

What are the risk factors for Uterine fibroids?

Fibroid: Uterine fibroids are muscular tumors that originate from the uterus. They rarely turn into cancer. No one really know what causes them, however, genetics and hormones may make one more likely to get them.
Estrogen and progesterone also seem to affect the growth of fibroid. ...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 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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Can uterine fibroid and back left side upper pain?

Yes, see a GYN: 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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Is there any way of knowing you have uterine fibroids?

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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Degenerating uterine fibroids how long will this take?

Degenerating uterine fibroids how long will this take?

Menopause: Most fibroids do not degenerate on their own while ample estrogen is around and they are not too big. Once you go through menopause the estrogen levels drop and fibroids begin to die and shrink. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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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