How Do I Know if I Have Uterine Fibroids?

Uterine fibroids are a much more common issue than you might think.

According to the National Institutes of Health, one study found that between 80 and 90 percent of African American women and 70 percent of Caucasian women will develop fibroids before the age of 50. Since uterine fibroids can cause severe symptoms and can even lead to trouble getting pregnant, it is important to know the warning signs of fibroid development.

Who is At-Risk?

African American women are more likely to develop fibroids and are also more likely to develop several fibroids at a time. But, there are other factors that could increase a woman’s risk of developing this condition. You may be at increased risk if you are:

  • Over 40 years of age
  • Obese
  • Have a family history of fibroids
  • Have never been pregnant
  • Have high blood pressure

Factors that lower a woman’s risk of developing fibroids include:

  • Pregnancy
  • Long-term use of birth control pills or shots

What are the Symptoms of Uterine Fibroids?

Every case is different and some women may never experience symptoms, but there are three common symptoms in women who have uterine fibroids.

Excessive Menstrual Bleeding

The most common symptom for women with fibroid tumors is excessive bleeding while menstruating. Often times, the bleeding is prolonged, causing periods to last longer than normal. This can lead to soiling of clothing and may interfere with everyday activities.

Pelvic Pain & Pressure

Women with fibroids may feel pain in their lower abdomen. As fibroids grow larger, depending on their size and location, they may cause pain by putting pressure on organs. In addition, it could cause swelling that is often mistaken as weight gain or pregnancy.

Loss of Bladder Control

Fibroids can press against the bladder causing frequent urination and even loss of bladder control. Not only can this cause a great deal of pain, it can disrupt your everyday activities. In addition, fibroid growth can place pressure on the bowel, causing constipation and bloating.

How are Uterine Fibroids Diagnosed?

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, schedule an appointment with your OBGYN. Fibroids can usually be found during a simple abdominal or pelvic exam. If your gynecologist feels that you may have fibroids, an ultrasound or MRI may be used to confirm the diagnosis.

If you have these symptoms and they are interfering with your daily life, speak with one of our gynecologists. Call our Boca Raton or Boynton Beach obgyn office to schedule an appointment.

Your Safety and Well-being is our Priority

On behalf of all of us at Women’s Health Partners, in these difficult times, we want to thank you for your support and confidence in our practice.

We want you to personally know that our patients’ health and well-being has and always will be our number one priority. This reminder bears repeating in the face of any challenges and especially now, given concerns posed by the corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic.

We are taking all necessary precautions to ensure your safety and well-being and that of our staff. To that end, we want to share some of the steps we are taking:

Furthermore, our staff will be asking several screening questions regarding your health. We ask that you do not enter our office if you, or someone in your family, or someone you recently were in contact with, has exhibited flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, severe muscle aches, shaking chills, or recent loss of taste or smell, or recently diagnosed with COVID19.

In order to help us participate with our social distancing effort, we are asking patients to enter the office without any visitors, including children.

You will also have the option of waiting in your car instead of the waiting room after you have checked in. The front desk staff will call your cell phone when we are ready for you to come in for your visit.

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