Many women with uterine myoma (fibroids) have no symptoms and never require treatment. However, 1 out of 4 women of childbearing age do suffer significantly from myoma (fibroid) symptoms. Uterine myoma symptoms may vary depending on the location, size and number of myoma (fibroids).
The most common symptom of uterine myoma (fibroids) is:
- Heavy and prolonged bleeding
This may also involved clotting and pain.
Anemia may result from this extensive bleeding. Abnormal bleeding is the primary uterine myoma symptom requiring women to seek medical advice.
Other uterine myoma (fibroid) symptoms may include:
- Pain in the back of legs
This uterine myoma (fibroid) symptom appears as the fibroids press on nerves that extend to the pelvis and legs.
- An abnormally enlarged abdomen--this may be mistaken for weight gain or pregnancy.
- Pelvic pain or pressure
This symptom may appear as a result of the bulk or weight of the myoma (fibroids) pressing on other structures in the pelvic area.
- Pressure on the bladder
This uterine myoma (fibroid) symptom can cause frequent urination, urinary incontinence or urine retention.
- Pressure on the bowel
This can lead to constipation and/or bloating. The constipation may be exacerbated by iron supplements taken for the anemia caused by excessive bleeding.
- Lower back pain
- Pain during sexual intercourse
Reproductive problems can also be another uterine myoma (fibroid) symptom. Infertility, recurrent miscarriage, or premature labor during pregnancy can be caused by uterine myoma.
- A feeling of pressure or fullness in the lower abdomen
See your health care professional for more information about uterine fibroid symptoms.
Once a diagnosis has been made of the presence of uterine myoma, there are many different uterine myoma (fibroid) treatment options.
Learn about the non-invasive MR Guided focused ultrasound treatment which destroys myoma without incisions