Uterine Fibroids

Uterine Fibroids

Fibroids are benign, non-cancerous growths in or on the walls of the uterus. They can range from less than an inch around to more than six inches. African-American women and those with a family history are most likely to develop fibroids.

Most fibroids cause no symptoms and are only discovered when a woman has a routine pelvic examination. If you do experience fibroid symptoms, they may include:

  • Heavy, prolonged monthly periods, sometimes with clots
  • Fatigue, secondary to a low blood count
  • Pain or pressure between the hip bones or in the back of the legs
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Frequent need to urinate
  • Constipation or bloating
  • An enlarged belly

Treatment options for uterine fibroids can include medical treatment with birth control pills, surgical treatment to remove the uterus (hysterectomy), or a minimally invasive procedure called uterine fibroid embolization.