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Symptoms of Uterine Fibroids
Many fibroids do not cause symptoms. If a fibroid does cause symptoms, it may be because of the size or location of the fibroid.
Symptoms range from mild to severe. Large fibroids can produce symptoms, such as:
- Pelvic pain
- Low back or leg pain
- Feeling of pelvic pressure
- Pain during sex
- Frequent need to urinate
- Enlarged uterus, giving the appearance of pregnancy
- Infertility by blocking the fallopian tubes
Bleeding symptoms include:
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Clots in your menstrual flow
- Long periods
- Bleeding between periods
- Increased cramping during periods
If heavy bleeding continues for a period of time, iron-deficiency anemia may develop. Symptoms of anemia include:
- Shortness of breath
- Pale skin
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- Reviewer: Andrea Chisholm, MD
- Review Date: 12/2014
- Update Date: 12/20/2014