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Symptoms of Fibroids

What are the symptoms of uterine fibroids?

Excessive menstrual bleeding

Excessive menstrual bleeding is one of the most common symptoms of uterine fibroids. It is the most prevalent symptom for two out of the four types of uterine fibroids: intramural and submucosal. Passing clots is very common with excessive menstrual bleeding, as well as prolonged monthly cycles. Abnormal, excessive uterine bleeding can result in serious side effects over time, leading to fatigue and anemia.

Pelvic pain and pressure

Pelvic pain and pressure can be caused not only by the size of a uterine fibroid but also its location. Additional conditions can accompany the uterine fibroid tumor such as adenomyosis and endometriosis.

Adenomyosis occurs when the tissue that lines your uterus (endometrium) grows within the middle layer of the uterine wall and supportive vascular tissue (myometrium). Typically, your uterine lining prevents adhesions from occurring. However, when uterine fibroids develop and begin to grow, the possibility for adhesions also grows causing you a great deal of pain.

Endometriosis occurs when the endometrial tissue is found outside your uterus. This is another painful and uncomfortable symptom of uterine fibroids.

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Frequent Urination

One of the organs commonly affected by the growth of uterine fibroids is the bladder. As fibroids expand, they apply added pressure to your bladder resulting in the risk of urinary incontinence, and often the loss of bladder control resulting in frequent urination. Not only is this painful and uncomfortable, but it can also create a hindrance your daily activities. Fibroid growth also increases pressure placed on the bowels, which leads to constipation and abdominal bloating.

Additional Symptoms

In certain cases, there may be no symptoms at all. Depending on the size and location of the fibroids, symptoms can adversely affect your ability to maintain daily activities.

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