Are urinary problems a symptom of fibroids?

Yes. Fibroids are firm hard tumors which commonly cause increased urinary frequency and routine nocturia (waking up in the middle of the night to urinate). They can also cause urgency to urinate, bladder pressure, and even incontinence (urinary leaking). Fibroids that are located anteriorly (in front) of the uterus are the ones responsible as the bladder is located just in front of the uterus. These hard tumors will act like a paperweight on the bladder; not allowing the bladder to fill to capacity. These will result in having to urinate much more often. She will feel as if the bladder is full but it is actually relatively empty. She will race to the bathroom (to avoid leaking) only to urinate this small amount. This will be repeated throughout the day and at night and is particularly prevalent/worse during her menses.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Urinary problems are one of many possible symptoms, especially if uterine fibroids are located on the outside wall of the uterus. Watch the animation to learn more about symptoms of 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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