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Are uterine fibroids serious?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Most of the time, uterine fibroids aren't serious and don't require any treatment. However, in some cases, they may cause more severe symptoms like heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain, or problems with urination and constipation. In those cases, treatment may be necessary, but it's usually treatable without removing the entire uterus. Uncommonly, hysterectomy may be required, which is a relatively serious procedure that makes a woman unable to have children.

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