What Are the Symptoms of Uterine Fibroids?

Medically Reviewed by Nivin Todd, MD on November 08, 2020

You may not know you have uterine fibroids because they often cause no symptoms. If you do have fibroids that are giving your problems, it may be because of where they’re located, the number you have, or how big they are.

These noncancerous tumors can be as small as a pea or larger than a grapefruit. They can grow outside or within the uterine wall, or inside the uterine cavity. A woman can have many uterine fibroids of different sizes.

The most common symptoms of uterine fibroids include:

When to See Your Doctor

Call your doctor if you have any of the following issues, including:

  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Difficulty emptying bladder
  • Inability to control urine flow
  • Very heavy, painful periods
  • Lump or mass in your abdomen

You should see your doctor immediately if you have uncontrollable bleeding, or sudden sharp pelvic pain.

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National Library of Medicine: "Uterine Fibroids."

Mayo Clinic: “Uterine Fibroids.”

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