Are heavy menstrual periods a symptom of fibroids?

Edmond E. Pack, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
Heavy bleeding before menopause in women can be caused by uterine fibroids or hormones, says Edmond Pack, MD, an OB/GYN at Southern Hills Hospital. In this video, he talks about how doctors can help with treatment based on its cause.
Yes. Uterine fibroids are the most common cause of heavy menstrual bleeding. Sometimes because the bleeding has been heavy for a long time, the woman doesn't recognize the amount of bleeding to be abnormal. Changing more than 8 pads a day or more frequently than every 3 hours is too often and should prompt a discussion with your physician.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Women with submucosal fibroids located partly in the cavity and partly in the wall of the uterus are especially likely to experience prolonged, heavy menstrual bleeding. Watch the animation to learn more about symptoms of uterine fibroids.

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Uterine Fibroids

If you have uterine fibroids, you may never even notice that they are there. Ranging from the size of a small seed to grapefruit-sized, fibroids are tumors on the uterus that rarely cause harm. Some women have true discomfort with ...

fibroids, including pain in the abdomen or low back, or pain during sex. Sometimes, uterine fibroids can cause miscarriage, preterm labor, or even lead to infertility. Women in their 40s and 50s, women of African-American descent and women that are overweight are at higher risk of developing fibroids, although an estimated 20-80% of women will have them at some point before they turn 50. If your doctor notices fibroids during an ultrasound or pelvic exam, he or she may want to treat them with medication or surgery.

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