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Uterine Fibroids - Symptoms

Uterine fibroid symptoms can develop slowly over several years or rapidly over several months. Most women with uterine fibroids have mild symptoms or none at all and never need treatment.

For some women, uterine fibroid symptoms become a problem. Pain and heavy menstrual bleeding are the most common symptoms. In some cases, difficulty becoming pregnant is the first sign of fibroids. The type of symptoms women have can depend on where the fibroid is located in the uterus.

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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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Uterine fibroid symptoms and problems include:

  • Abnormal menstrual bleeding, such as:
    • Heavier, prolonged periods that can cause anemia.
    • Painful periods.
    • Spotting before or after periods.
    • Bleeding between periods.
  • Pelvic pain and pressure, such as:
    • Pain in the abdomen, pelvis, or low back.
    • Pain during sexual intercourse.
    • Bloating and feelings of abdominal pressure.
  • Urinary problems, such as:
  • Other symptoms, such as:

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Last Updated: April 19, 2013
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