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Are heavy menstrual periods a symptom of fibroids?

Dr. John C. Lipman, MD
Vascular & Interventional Radiologist

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 eight pads a day or more frequently than every three hours is too often and should prompt a discussion with your physician.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

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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