Many fibroids do not cause symptoms. If a fibroid does cause symptoms, it may be because of the size or location of the fibroid.
Symptoms range from mild to severe. Large fibroids can produce symptoms, such as:
Pelvic painLow back or leg painFeeling of pelvic pressurePain during sexFrequent need to urinateConstipationBloatingEnlarged uterus, giving the appearance of pregnancyInfertility
by blocking the fallopian tubes
Bleeding symptoms include:
Heavy menstrual bleedingClots in your menstrual flowLong periodsBleeding between periodsIncreased cramping during periodsMiscarriage
If heavy bleeding continues for a period of time,
may develop. Symptoms of anemia include:
WeaknessFatigueShortness of breathPale skinLightheadedness
Leiomyoma. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at:
http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated May 22, 2012. Accessed August 16, 2012.
The National Uterine Fibroids Foundation
website. Available at:
Accessed August 16, 2012.
Uterine fibroids fact sheet. Womens Health.gov website. Available at:
http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/uterine-fibroids.cfm. Updated May 13, 2008. Accessed August 16, 2012.
Last reviewed December 2013 by Andrea Chisholm, MD
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