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Your doctor may suspect
that you have a
uterine fibroid problem based on:
You will probably also have a
pelvic ultrasound or hysterosonogram to confirm that
you have one or more uterine fibroids. A hysterosonogram is done by filling the
uterus with sterile saline during a
transvaginal pelvic ultrasound.
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
Urinary problems, such as urinary frequency
Rectal problems, such as pain in the rectum
Read the Understanding Uterine Fibroids -- Symptoms article > >
have had heavy menstrual bleeding, you may have a
complete blood count (CBC) to check for
may be used to look for and locate fibroids on the outer surface of the uterus
before removal (myomectomy).
If you have severe pain,
bleeding, or pelvic pressure or have had repeat miscarriages or trouble
becoming pregnant, you will probably have other tests to look for
other possible causes of your symptoms. Two examples of possible causes are endometriosis and pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).
And tests for specific symptoms, such as
urinary or bowel problems, may be needed to diagnose the problem or to help build a
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