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Uterine fibroids are usually aymptomatic. When these benign, non-cancerous tumors cause symptoms it is most commonly heavy, painful menstrual periods. Fibroids are the most common reason why women have abnormally heavy menstruation. The heavy flow can cause anemia, the symptoms of which include: lethargy, weakness, lightheadedness/dizziness, chewing/craving ice, menstrual migraines, heart palpitations, and changes to hair (brittle hair or hair loss) and skin. Sometimes women are unaware that the amount of blood loss is abnormal, and the symptoms may come on gradually such that the she doesn't realize this as significant either, or she may attribute these symptoms incorrectly as the natural changes of aging.
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