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 What should I know about caring for someone with uterine fibroids?
- Q Can fibroids develop in places other than the uterus?
- Q Should I be concerned about fibroids if I’m entering menopause?
- Q When should I seek immediate help if I have uterine fibroids?
- Q Can uterine fibroids cause permanent damage?
- Q When should uterine fibroids be treated?