Other symptoms which can be very severe are
- chronic pelvic pain
- excessively heavy menstrual bleeding
- pain while having intercourse
Many women are unaware that they have uterine fibroids and ignore or delay seeking medical attention for the less severe symptoms. You should always seek prompt medical care, for instance, if you feel sudden, sharp pelvic pains on more than one occasion or if your menstrual bleeding is not only heavy but excessively heavy enough to cause great discomfort.
According to the Mayo Clinic, roughly 3 out of 4 women will have uterine fibroids at sometime during their lives. Most of the time uterine fibroids cause no symptoms. However, if you observe that you are experiencing the above-mentioned symptoms, it is time to talk with your doctor about them. The doctor will perform a pelvic exam for an initial diagnosis of whether the symptoms are due to pregnancy, an ovarian tumor or simply inflammation of the fallopian tubes.
The doctor can use medical procedures to shrink or remove the fibroids. He may shrink the fibroid and recommend periodic pelvic exams and/or ultrasounds to monitor the fibroid’s growth. He may also recommend surgery for removal of the fibroids, a procedure called a myomectomy. Even after this procedure, women should have at least an annual checkup since fibroids may grow back. Women who have not yet had children and wish to do so usually go this route. Women who have already had children, especially those who have previously had fibroids removed, may be recommended to have a hysterectomy where the entire uterus is removed.