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Fibroids

Uterine fibroids are common non-cancerous tumors of the uterus. They are made up of muscle and fibrous tissue and grow from the wall of the uterus.

As many as 80 percent of all women could have uterine fibroids, although the majority have no symptoms.

About 25 percent of women with uterine fibroids experience symptoms severe enough to require treatment.

Symptoms of fibroids

Uterine fibroids may cause

The pressure of growing uterine fibroids may also cause constipation and hemorrhoids. However, constipation can also be a result of other conditions or situations, for example, taking iron supplements for anemia. Eating more whole grains, bran, and fruit and drinking lots of water may help alleviate constipation. Natural laxative products may also help.

Symptoms like pelvic pain or unusual bleeding may or may not be related to fibroids of the uterus. An accurate diagnosis is important in helping you determine the cause of your symptoms

Screening options for uterine fibroids

Your doctor may diagnose uterine fibroids using:

Talking with your doctor

Your doctors and nurses are excellent sources of information. The questions below can help you start a conversation that could result in important information for you and your family.

Questions about fibroids

  1. What causes fibroids?
  2. How big are my fibroids?
  3. How fast will they grow?

Questions about treatment options

  1. Will fibroids go away on their own?
  2. Do I have to pursue treatment?
  3. Are there any non-surgical treatment options for my situation?

If you need treatment for fibroids, you have options, including pain medicine, hormonal therapy and surgery. Together with your doctor, you will develop a treatment plan based on:

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