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    Uterine Fibroids - When To Call a Doctor

    Call to make an appointment if you have possible symptoms of a problem from a uterine fibroid, including:

    • Heavy menstrual bleeding.
    • Periods that have changed from relatively pain-free to painful over the past 3 to 6 months.
    • Frequent painful urination, or an inability to control the flow of urine.
    • A change in the length of your menstrual cycle over 3 to 6 menstrual cycles.
    • New persistent pain or heaviness in the lower abdomen or pelvis.

    Watchful waiting

    Unless you have bothersome or severe symptoms, you will probably only need to have a fibroid checked during your yearly gynecological exam.

    During a pregnancy, your doctor will check for changes in fibroid size and position.

    Who to see

    Uterine fibroids can be diagnosed and treated by any of the following health professionals:

    You may need to see a gynecologist for further testing or treatment.

    To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: March 12, 2014
    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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