Symptoms of Uterine Fibroids

Many women with uterine fibroids have mild symptoms or none at all, and never require treatment. However, depending upon the size, location and number of fibroids you have, you may experience symptoms, including:

  • Very heavy and prolonged monthly periods, sometimes with clots
  • Anemia (low blood count)
  • Fatigue
  • Pelvic pain or pressure
  • Pressure on the bladder, which leads to frequent urination or urinary incontinence
  • Pain in the thigh or hip area
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Constipation and/or bloating caused by pressure on the bowel
  • An enlarged abdomen, which may be mistaken for weight gain or pregnancy

If you are concerned about any of these symptoms, talk to your physician. Northwestern Medicine is home to caring women's health specialists* who will offer a range of treatment options to relieve your discomfort and prevent uterine fibroids from interfering with your daily life.

Related Resources

Learn more about fibroid tumors and uterine fibroid embolization at The Society of Interventional Radiology.


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