Uterine fibroids begin in cells in the smooth muscle tissue of the uterus. When these cells reproduce, they form growths that may develop in almost any area of the uterus. Many times, these growths don't cause noticeable symptoms. However, sometimes they may cause heavier or prolonged menstrual bleeding, especially if they form under the lining of the uterine wall. Excessive bleeding may lead to anemia, or a lower-than-normal number of red blood cells. Uterine fibroids may also press down on your bladder or rectum, causing frequent urination or difficulty emptying your bladder, or constipation.
- Q Should I be concerned about fibroids if I’m entering menopause?
- Q Can uterine fibroids cause permanent damage?
- Q Are fibroids common?
- Q What if I become pregnant and have fibroids?
- Q How do you treat bleeding that is related to uterine fibroids?
- Q Why should I know about fibroids?