Uterine fibroids symptoms are many and varied. Some women who have fibroids do not experience any symptoms at all. In that case, no treatment is needed. But if you do experience any of these troublesome symptoms, you should discuss them with your doctor. It should be noted that some of these symptoms may seen unrelated, but can be helpful clues in leading your doctor to the correct diagnosis and treatment.
1. Changes in your menstrual period: long or heavy periods, pain during menstrual periods, spotting or passing blood between periods. These are the most common uterine fibroids symptoms. Around 30% of fibroid sufferers will have menstrual problems.
2. Urinary system: having to urinate frequently or suffering from incontinence.
3. Pressure or pain in the low back, pelvis, or abdomen. Sexual intercourse that is painful.
4. Pain or difficulty when moving the bowels.
5. A history of miscarriage or premature labor.
6. Problems becoming pregnant could be one of the uterine fibroid symptoms.
7. Bloating of the abdomen
On the other hand, there are women who have them but experience no uterine fibroids symptoms at all. If you have these symptoms, be sure to mention them at your next doctor’s appointment. Your doctor may prescribe a fibroid tumor treatment.
Hormones are a common first treatment for fibroids. The hormones can sometimes shrink the fibroids and provide relief from the symptoms. In some cases, women will need a uterine fibroid emobolization. In this procedure, the blood vessels that feed the tumor are cut off. Without a blood supply the tumor shrinks and dies. The last resort treatment is a hysterectomy for fibroids. It should be noted that fibroids often shrink on their own after a woman goes through menopause. If you are in your childbearing years, be sure to have a discussion with your gynecologist about fibroids and pregnancy.