What Are Fibroids?

Causes or Associated Conditions of Fibroids

Symptoms of Fibroids



It is well known that many women are unaware that they have uterine fibroids, concluding that in many cases, the fibroids are asymptomatic.

When symptoms are present they often relate to the size and location of the fibroids in the uterus. The symptoms are:

  • heavy bleeding
  • anemia
  • pelvic pain or pressure
  • urinary frequency
  • constipation
  • recurrent pregnancy loss or infertility

The subserosal or intramural fibroids, fibroids located in the wall of the uterus, can cause the uterus to be very large and irregular.


Most uterine fibroids are diagnosed by pelvic examination. However, tools for evaluation may be:

  • pelvic ultrasound
  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)
  • hysteroscopy
  • hysterosalpingogram
  • laparoscopy

The least expensive procedure is the ultrasound and will almost always suffice to make the diagnosis and support the method of treatment.

The information provided here is for general information or educational purposes only. A complete physical exam and consultation is the only way a medical decision can be reached.