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How do I tell if I have uterine fibroids?

18 doctors weighed in
Dr. Susan Johnson
Gynecology
6 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Susan Johnson
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Dr. Lillian Schapiro
If you are having irregular bleeding or change in bleeding, you may need an endometrial biopsy. Your doctor may recommend an ultrasound or a sonohysterogram. A sonohysterogram involves injecting fluid into the uterine cavity to see if there are fibroids or polyps in the linine.
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

Many women have fibroids with no symptoms.
Other women have pain or heavy bleeding. Your doctor can help evaluate with an exam and/or ultrasound.

In brief: Depends

Many women have fibroids with no symptoms.
Other women have pain or heavy bleeding. Your doctor can help evaluate with an exam and/or ultrasound.
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
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Dr. Hugo Ribot
Obstetrics & Gynecology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Ultrasound

The most common way to detect fibroids is via pelvic ultrasound.
Most of the time the best resolution is obtained using a vaginal probe. It depends on how enlarged the uterus is and how many fibroids there are. Some tumors are best seen using a technique called saline sonography where a small plastic straw is used to put some saline solution into the uterus. This can show submucous fibroids.

In brief: Ultrasound

The most common way to detect fibroids is via pelvic ultrasound.
Most of the time the best resolution is obtained using a vaginal probe. It depends on how enlarged the uterus is and how many fibroids there are. Some tumors are best seen using a technique called saline sonography where a small plastic straw is used to put some saline solution into the uterus. This can show submucous fibroids.
Dr. Hugo Ribot
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Dr. Carolyn Thompson
Obstetrics & Gynecology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Exam

Ultrasound and pelvic exam are the usual methods used to diagnose uterine fibroids.

In brief: Exam

Ultrasound and pelvic exam are the usual methods used to diagnose uterine fibroids.
Dr. Carolyn Thompson
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