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    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

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    Understanding Uterine Fibroids -- Diagnosis and Treatment

    Fibroids are often first found during a routine pelvic exam. To double check, an ultrasound may be performed, either transvaginally or abdominally. A three-dimensional (3D) ultrasound or an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) can also be used to find the fibroids, a process called fibroid mapping.

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    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

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    Reviewed by Trina Pagano, MD on March 14, 2015

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