June 25, 2018

Four Signs You May Have Uterine Fibroids

Uterine Fibroids

Uterine fibroids are benign tumors that grow inside the uterus and affect 40% of women between the ages of 35 and 50. To learn more about fibroids and how we treat them, visit our fibroids page.

There are many potential symptoms that uterine fibroids may cause. Some women may have one symptom while other women may have them all! If these symptoms sound familiar, they may be due to uterine fibroids and you may want to see a physician.

Four Signs You May Have Uterine Fibroids:

1. Heavy Periods
If you have abnormally heavy periods, also known as menorrhagia, you may have fibroids. If you are soaking through one or more tampons or pads every hour or two, your periods last longer than a week, or your flow is disrupting your daily activities, you may want to consult with a doctor to see if fibroids are the cause of your heavy periods.

2. Fatigue
Fatigue may be caused by anemia in the setting of heavy periods. When your body loses too much blood, you may become anemic, meaning the blood can’t carry as much oxygen. This can make you feel tired.

3. Bulk Related Symptoms
If you feel like you are always having to urinate, getting up during the night to urinate, experiencing changes in bowel movements, or noticing abdominal girth, fibroids may be your problem.

4. Pelvic Pain
While there are many causes of chronic pelvic pain, uterine fibroids may be the culprit.

If you think you may have fibroids or you have been diagnosed with fibroids and would prefer a minimally invasive procedure over conventional surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Jon or Dr. Chris by calling (716) 836-4646.