Have you had a chance to read our latest blog yet? If not, now is the time! Our OBGYN in Bradenton gave you an introduction of what uterine fibroids are and what could potentially cause them. Although uterine fibroids are very common and often harmless, it is important to recognize the symptoms and know when you should see medical attention.

What are the symptoms of uterine fibroids?

As we mentioned in our last blog, many women don’t see any symptoms, but if symptoms do exist, they can include:

  • Prolonged periods – bleeding that lasts seven days or more
  • Heavy periods
  • Pelvic pain or pressure
  • Frequent urination
  • Difficulties emptying the bladder
  • Leg pain
  • Backaches – particularly in the lower back
  • Pain during sex

In rare cases, a uterine fibroid can grow so big that it actually outgrows the blood supply. When this happens, the nutrient supply gets cut off and the fibroid eventually starts to die, leading to byproducts of the fibroid seeping into the surrounding tissue. This can cause pain and sometimes fever.

Should you see a doctor about uterine fibroids?

Uterine fibroids aren’t usually something you need to be concerned about, and if you aren’t experiencing symptoms, you may not need treatment at all. However, if you are uncomfortable or are experiencing pain, it is always a good idea to see a doctor. Your doctor may be able to prescribe medication to treat the uncomfortable symptoms, and there are several options available if you would like to have your fibroids removed.

Do you have any questions or concerns about uterine fibroids? If so, please contact us today!