Can I have uterine fibroids without even realizing it?

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.
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.

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.

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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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