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Fibroid Symptoms
Symptoms of Fibroid Tumors


The symptoms of fibroid tumors vary from woman to woman. It is estimated that as many as 50 percent of women have uterine fibroids, but not all women with the condition experience fibroid symptoms or require treatment. Many women, however, experience severe symptoms that interfere with their daily activities and affect their quality of life.

Some of the symptoms of fibroid tumors are:

  • Chronic pain in the pelvic and/or abdominal regions
  • Heavy and/or prolonged bleeding
  • Increased urinary frequency and/or urgency
  • Constipation
  • Abdominal distension or swelling
  • Lower back pain
  • Pain during intercourse (dyspareunia)
  • Infertility or difficulty becoming pregnant
  • Problems during pregnancy, including miscarriage

Fibroid Symptoms Are Not the Same for Every Woman

Chronic pain and heavy bleeding are the most common fibroid symptoms, but, as you can see, there are many others .

Some women experience these side effects without realizing they are symptoms of fibroid tumors.

If you consistently experience increased urinary frequency and/or urgency, constipation, abdominal distension or swelling, and/or low back pain for a prolonged period of time, ask your doctor if these symptoms may be caused by a uterine fibroid tumor. In addition, pain during intercourse (dyspareunia), infertility, difficulty becoming pregnant, and problems during pregnancy, including miscarriage, also may be fibroid symptoms.

While these symptoms are in most cases not related to a fibroid tumor, it is important to discuss these as possible fibroid symptoms with your doctor to be certain that a fibroid tumor is not the cause.