How can fibroids cause urinary symptoms?

Fibroids commonly cause urinary symptoms. They are hard and firm tumors made up of smooth muscle and fibrous tissue. When these tumors are located in the front of the uterus, they can compress the bladder like a paperweight. This does not allow the bladder to fill to its capacity, resulting in increased urinary frequency and nocturia (waking up at night to urinate).
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Subserous fibroids, which are located on the outside wall of the uterus, can press on the bladder, causing urinary symptoms. 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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