Fibroid Symptoms: More than Pelvic Pain

Uterine fibroids, noncancerous tumors that grow in your uterus and affect about 35 million American women, can range in size from very small to about the size of a grapefruit. Fibroids are more common in women over 35, and black women have a significantly greater likelihood of developing them.

While pelvic pain is a common sign of fibroids, not all uterine fibroids present the same symptoms. A good number of women with fibroids don’t have any symptoms at all, while for others, symptoms vary depending on the nature of the fibroids. For about 20% of women with fibroids, troublesome symptoms arise that require medical care.

At Signature Women’s Healthcare, we’re dedicated to providing excellent gynecological and obstetric care to our patients in Lawrenceville and Lithonia, Georgia. Experienced providers Jacquline Hayles-Patterson, MD and Tyndal M. Jones, MD diagnose and treat uterine fibroids as part of our comprehensive gynecological services.  

What are the 10 most common symptoms of fibroids?

There’s more to fibroid symptoms than pelvic pain. And not everyone experiences the same symptoms. Fibroid symptoms can vary based on the number of fibroids you have as well as their size and position. 

Regular check-ups with your gynecologist are the best way to determine if fibroids could be the cause of any symptoms you’re experiencing. The 10 most common symptoms of fibroids are:

  1. Heavy bleeding, especially with clots, both during your periods and between periods
  2. Periods lasting longer than a week
  3. Increased menstrual cramping
  4. Lower back pain
  5. Frequent need to urinate
  6. Difficulty emptying your bladder fully
  7. Fullness or pressure in the lower abdomen
  8. Swelling in the abdomen
  9. Painful sexual intercourse
  10. Constipation

How are fibroids diagnosed?

To diagnose fibroids, your doctor at Signature Women’s Healthcare takes your medical history, paying special attention to your current symptoms. They conduct a pelvic exam to check the size, condition, and shape of your uterus and to check for abnormalities. They may also take blood samples to check hormone levels.

The doctor may order an ultrasound or other diagnostic imaging to examine your uterus and any fibroids that may be present. In some cases, they may order more in-depth imaging, such as a hysteroscopy to explore the inside of your uterus, and they take biopsies, if required. Then, they draw up a customized treatment plan to meet your unique needs.

Can fibroids be treated?

Depending on your symptoms, the size and position of your fibroids, and whether those fibroids present any risks to your health and wellbeing, we have different treatments available. Options range from medications to alleviate symptoms to minimally-invasive procedures and surgical interventions. 

To learn more about the symptoms of uterine fibroids and to get relief from them, call the Signature Women’s Healthcare office nearest you or book an appointment online today!

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