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Other Conditions With Symptoms Similar to Uterine Fibroids

Many health problems can cause symptoms that are the same as or similar to those of uterine fibroids. Health problems with similar symptoms need to be ruled out before fibroids are diagnosed.

Conditions that can cause changes in menstrual periods include:

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Uterine Fibroids

Uterine fibroids (leiomyomata) are non-cancerous growths that develop in or just outside a woman’s uterus (womb). Uterine fibroids develop from normal uterus muscle cells that start growing abnormally. As the cells grow, they form a benign tumor.

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  • An abnormal growth outside of the uterus (adnexal mass).
  • Adenomyosis, the growth of the uterine lining into the uterine muscle, which can cause pain and bleeding.
  • An abnormally shaped uterus (uterine anomaly).
  • Endometrial hyperplasia, precancerous cell changes in the uterine lining.
  • Endometrial polyps.
  • Endometrial cancer.
  • Endometriosis.
  • Fluctuating hormone levels.
  • Ovarian cysts.

Conditions that can cause female pelvic pain include:

  • Endometriosis and adenomyosis.
  • Ovarian cysts.
  • A mass outside of the uterus (adnexal mass).
  • Sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
  • Scar tissue in the pelvis (adhesions).
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).
  • A tubal-ovarian abscess.
  • Physical or sexual abuse.
  • Urinary tract problems.
  • Bowel problems.

Cancers of the female reproductive organs that can cause pain or bleeding include:

  • Cancer of the lining of the uterus (endometrial cancer).
  • Cancer of an ovary (ovarian cancer).
  • Cancer of the cervix or opening of the uterus (cervical cancer).
  • Cancer of the muscle wall of the uterus (leiomyosarcoma).

These forms of cancer may cause symptoms similar to those caused by noncancerous conditions, such as uterine fibroids or endometriosis.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Divya Gupta, MD
Last Revised June 23, 2011

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: June 23, 2011
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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