What are the Symptoms of Uterine Fibroids?
While any of the symptoms below could be concerning, it is important to recognize when your symptoms could be the result of uterine fibroids. Because some symptoms can indicate a wide range of ailments, the first step to a proper diagnosis and treatment is an appointment with a specialist.
Any time you notice a change in your periods, you should discuss this with your doctor. Women who already experience abnormal periods may not notice a difference in their menstruation, especially if it occurs slowly. You may start experiencing heavier bleeding with clots during your period or bleeding in between cycles. Your periods may become longer, more frequent or cause more cramping than usual.
Pain and Discomfort
Women with uterine fibroids may experience a dull ache or pain low in the pelvis, or even the lower back, that can come and go or be more persistent, based on the severity of the fibroids. Some women also experience pain or discomfort during sexual intercourse.
Before and During Pregnancy
Uterine fibroids rarely affect fertility, but it’s possible. More often, fibroids can cause complications during pregnancy or labor. When fibroids are present, there is a higher chance of pre-term delivery, a breech birth or the need for a cesarean section. If you know you have uterine fibroids, it is important to discuss your pregnancy or plan to become pregnant with your obstetrician.
Feeling pressure in your lower abdomen or a visibly larger abdomen are also indications of fibroids. These symptoms are usually accompanied by frequent urination.
With treatment options, you may find effective relief and be able to return to regular activities, including healthy sexual activity, without pain. To learn more about uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) and whether it is a good option for you, call (212) 254-0149 or schedule your appointment online.