5 Signs That Tells You Have Uterine Fibroid

Editorial Team

I didn't even realise I had uterine fibroids until a routine check up at the doctor's revealed it, my menstruation had always been heavy and sex sometimes get painful but I didn't see any problem. The good news is when I discovered, I was already done giving birth but still no one likes some evil growth on their uterus, right?

Below are signs that might signal you have fibroid, watch out for them;

1. Excessive bleeding during menstruation

This is one of the common symptoms of uterine fibroids especially for intramural and submucosal uterine fibroid, the excessive bleeding may be accompanied by clots and such a woman's menstrual cycle will be long.

2. Pelvic Pain and Pressure

When fibroids are growing they can put pressure on other organs thus causing lower abdominal pain as well as bulging of the tummy which is sometimes mistaken for pregnancy. If you're having pelvic pain, see your gynae.

3. Frequent urination

When fibroid tumor starts growing in the uterus it puts pressure on the bladder thereby causing loss of bladder control leading to frequent urination. This can cause pains and discomfort to you, if you are often urinating and unsure, see your doctor.

4. You're often constipated 

The same way the fibroid tumor affects the bladder so also it affects the rectum thereby interfering with the normal waste disposal of your body, prevent you from pooing as frequently as you should depending on the position of the fibroids. So not every constipation is caused by fibroid tumor.

5. Lower Back Pain

Subserosal fibroid affects the back, specifically the spine if they are very large, it is usually diagnosed via MRI with other scans to see whether fibroids is the cause. Treatment through medication or shrinking them are the options available for this.

Seeing one of these symptoms is not enough to say you have uterine fibroid but if you see three or more of these symptoms, it's a good idea to check with your gynaecologist.