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Can I have uterine fibroids without even realizing it?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
It's possible for women to have uterine fibroids without even realizing it because they often don't cause noticeable symptoms. Many times, women find out they have uterine fibroids when a doctor feels abnormalities in the abdomen during a routine pelvic exam. Fortunately, if uterine fibroids don't cause noticeable symptoms, they don't require any treatment other than continuing with regular check-ups. When fibroids require treatment, women usually notice symptoms and are aware that something is wrong.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The noncancerous uterine growths known as fibroids often cause no symptoms and are only discovered by chance. Watch the animation to learn more about fibroids.


Yes. Most women have fibroids without realizing it. They are most commonly discovered on physical examination by a healthcare provider or by pelvic imaging (ex. pelvic ultrasound). If the fibroids are not causing any symptoms, no treatment is necessary.

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