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What are the symptoms of fibroids?

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In brief: Symptoms of fibroids

Heavy periods
Up to half of all women with fibroids have heavy periods.
In some cases, this can lead to anaemia. Fibroids do not usually cause any problems with the menstrual cycle, such as bleeding between periods.


Pressure symptoms
Fibroids tend to enlarge the uterus. This may lead to lower abdominal discomfort or backache, or may press on the bladder causing such as needing to pass urine more often than normal. The uterus may also press on the rectum causing constipation. Some women experience pain or discomfort (dyspareunia) during sexual intercourse because of fibroids.

Problems with fertility
Fibroids can affect the shape and internal environment of the uterus. They can make it more difficult to conceive but they only account for about 3% of the total cases of infertility.

Pain
Fibroids can cause discomfort because of pressure symptoms. Heavier periods can lead to increased period pains. Severe pain is quite rare but can occur if a fibroid grows on a stalk, which then twists (torsion) or if a fibroid outgrows its blood supply causing it to break down (degeneration).

In brief: Symptoms of fibroids

Heavy periods
Up to half of all women with fibroids have heavy periods.
In some cases, this can lead to anaemia. Fibroids do not usually cause any problems with the menstrual cycle, such as bleeding between periods.


Pressure symptoms
Fibroids tend to enlarge the uterus. This may lead to lower abdominal discomfort or backache, or may press on the bladder causing such as needing to pass urine more often than normal. The uterus may also press on the rectum causing constipation. Some women experience pain or discomfort (dyspareunia) during sexual intercourse because of fibroids.

Problems with fertility
Fibroids can affect the shape and internal environment of the uterus. They can make it more difficult to conceive but they only account for about 3% of the total cases of infertility.

Pain
Fibroids can cause discomfort because of pressure symptoms. Heavier periods can lead to increased period pains. Severe pain is quite rare but can occur if a fibroid grows on a stalk, which then twists (torsion) or if a fibroid outgrows its blood supply causing it to break down (degeneration).
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