Skip to content

Uterine Fibroids Health Center

Font Size

Understanding Uterine Fibroids -- Symptoms

Uterine fibroids often have no symptoms. When they do, they may include:

  • Heavy, prolonged, or irregular periods
  • Pain in the lower abdomen or back
  • Painful sex
  • Urinary problems, such as urinary frequency
  • Rectal problems, such as pain in the rectum
  • A lump or mass felt in the abdomen


Recommended Related to Uterine Fibroids

Understanding Uterine Fibroids -- the Basics

The uterus is a muscular, hollow, pear-shaped organ in the pelvis. The lower portion narrows into the cervix, which opens to the vagina. Fibroids are benign (noncancerous) tumors, or growths of the muscle and connective tissue of the uterus. They usually grow slowly and may occur inside the uterus, within the uterine wall, or on the outside surface of the uterus. They occur in 20% to 50% of women of reproductive age. Fibroids are more common in African-American women. Women with fibroids...

Read the Understanding Uterine Fibroids -- the Basics article > >

Call Your Doctor About Fibroids If:

  • You feel a sharp or chronic pain, low in your abdomen
  • You feel cramp-like pains, similar to a miscarriage
  • You have very heavy, painful periods
  • You feel a lump or mass in your abdomen


WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Trina Pagano, MD on March 27, 2014

Today on WebMD

uterine fibroid illustration
Symptoms and treatments.
uterus and ovary
Is location in the uterus a factor?
doctor holding model of female reproductive system
Surgical options for fibroids.
pregnant woman
Can complications occur?
Period Cramping Your Style
uterus and inlay of fibroids
woman talking to doctor
Comparing Birth Control Pill
woman sitting on floor in pain
woman looking at ultrasound
Teenage girl with heat pad on stomach
woman exercising

WebMD Special Sections