When should I call my doctor if I have uterine fibroids?

Dr. John C. Lipman, MD
Vascular & Interventional Radiologist

You should contact your doctor if your periods are heavy (changing pads more often than every 3 hours, 2 pads at a time, or have episodes where blood gushes/floods out or see clots).You should also call if you have significant abdominal/pelvic pain which is worse just before or during the menstrual or you urinate more frequently than normal and get up at night to urinate. If you have difficulty getting pregnant or miscarry due to a known central fibroid these are other reasons to inform your doctor.

If you already know that you have fibroids, signs that indicate your fibroids are growing larger and causing problems are as follows: 

  • Heavier periods
  • Frequent abdominal pain
  • Increased urination
  • Chronic constipation
  • Difficulty getting pregnant

If you experience any of the above symptoms, inform your doctor.

Dr. Kord T. Strebel, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrician & Gynecologist)

See your doctor if the pain or incontinence of fibroids is affecting your daily life, says Kord Strebel, MD, an OBGYN at Sunrise Hospital. In this video, he says that treatments might also be affected by a woman's plans for having children.

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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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