Uterine fibroid symptoms can develop slowly over several years or rapidly over several months. Most women with uterine fibroids have mild symptoms or none at all and never need treatment.
For some women, uterine fibroid symptoms become a problem. Pain and heavy menstrual bleeding are the most common symptoms. In some cases, difficulty becoming pregnant is the first sign of fibroids.
Uterine fibroid symptoms and problems include:
Abnormal menstrual bleeding, such as:
- Heavier, prolonged periods that can cause Reference anemia Opens New Window.
- Painful periods.
- Spotting before or after periods.
- Bleeding between periods.
Pelvic pain and pressure,
- Pain in the abdomen, pelvis, or low back.
- Pain during sexual intercourse.
- Bloating and feelings of abdominal pressure.
Urinary problems, such as:
- Frequent urination.
- Leakage of urine (urinary incontinence).
- Kidney blockage following Reference ureter Opens New Window blockage (rare).
- Other symptoms, such as:
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference October 14, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Divya Gupta, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology, Gynecologic Oncology