June 17, 2004
Fibroids & Endometriosis
Symptoms of Fibroids
Though many women never have symptoms from
fibroids, 50 percent of the women with fibroids require medical
intervention. Depending on the size and location, fibroids can cause
a variety of symptoms; the most common include bleeding, pain, and
Bleeding. Approximately one-third
of women with fibroids suffer from abnormal uterine bleeding. Many
women develop heavier menstrual flow that lasts more days than normal.
Some develop irregular bleeding between periods. If not treated,
heavy bleeding can cause significant health problems such as weakness,
fatigue, and shortness of breath on exertion.
Pain. Many women with fibroids experience
symptoms of pressure and pain, sometimes feeling a sense of progressive
pelvic fullness or a dragging sensation of their pelvic organs.
This is most commonly due to slowly enlarging fibroids. Pain occurs
when the fibroids put pressure on other pelvic structures. This
may also affect bladder and bowel function. For example, if the
fibroid presses on the bladder, it can reduce the bladder’s capacity,
resulting in the need to urinate frequently.
Infertility. Fibroids may be the cause in
as many as 5 to 10 percent of infertility cases. They can inhibit
implantation of the fertilized egg in the uterine lining by altering
transport of the sperm, compressing the fallopian tube, or disrupting
the lining of the uterus. In addition, fibroids can cause spontaneous
abortion during the first three months of pregnancy, either by distorting
the uterine cavity or by altering the blood flow that would normally
be needed to nourish the growing fetus.
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