Q: How do I know if I have fibroids?
Dr. Donnica: While the vast majority of women with fibroids have no symptoms, fibroids can be responsible for a variety of symptoms with a broad range in severity. While the symptoms can cause a great deal of discomfort, they are rarely life threatening. The two general symptom categories are heavy menstrual bleeding, unusually frequent urination and pressure or pain. Generally, fibroid pain is worst before menses, lessening during and afterwards. The symptoms generally depend upon the size, location, and number of the fibroid(s):
heavy or "flooding" periods, sometimes with clumps of blood clots
fatigue, usually from anemia or blood loss
constipation or rectal pressure
pain with intercourse
bleeding after intercourse
lower abdominal pressure, bloating, or a sense of "fullness"
bladder pressure causing urinary frequency or even leakage.
While fibroids don't typically cause irregular periods, they may cause some spotting between periods.
leg pain (especially down the back of the leg) from pressure on certain nerves
infertility or repeated miscarriages.
Created: 9/23/2000  - Donnica Moore, M.D.
While the vast majority of women with fibroids have no symptoms, fibroids can be responsible for a variety of symptoms with a broad range in severity.