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Are uterine fibroids serious?

Fibroids can cause significant symptoms most notably heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain, and increased urinary frequency. The symptoms in some women can be severe enough to cause them to go to the Emergency Room for treatment. The heavy bleeding can cause profound anemia which can necessitate either an intravenous infusion of iron or occasionally a blood transfusion.

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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