What are the possible complications of uterine fibroids?

What are the possible complications of uterine fibroids?

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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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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