Uterine fibroids, also known as fibroid tumors, are common, benign tumors in the uterus. Another term for fibroid is leiomyoma, which means a benign tumor of smooth muscle cells. Fibroids tend to shrink after menopause. They occur in up to 80% of women by age 50.
Most uterine fibroids do not cause any symptoms. Signs and symptoms can result if a fibroid becomes larger or presses on a nearby organ. When symptoms and signs do occur, the most common symptom types are bleeding, pain, and pressure. Examples of signs and symptoms can include
- heavy menstrual bleeding,
- menstrual periods lasting more than a week,
- pelvic pressure or pain,
- frequent urination,
- difficulty emptying the bladder,
- backache, or
- leg pains.
Cause of uterine fibroids
The exact cause of uterine fibroids is unknown, but hormonal factors may play a role.
Other uterine fibroids symptoms and signs
- Difficulty Emptying the Bladder
- Frequent Urination
- Heavy Menstrual Bleeding
- Leg Pains
- Menstrual Periods Lasting More Than a Week
- Pelvic Pressure or Pain
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