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Have you ever been diagnosed with uterine fibroids?


During the previous 3 months, how distressed were you by...

1: Not at all | 2: A little bit | 3: Somewhat | 4: A great deal | 5: A very great deal
Heavy bleeding during your menstrual period
Passing blood clots during your menstrual period
Fluctuation in the duration of your menstrual period compared to your previous cycle
Fluctuation in the length of your monthly cycle compared to your previous cycles
Feeling tightness or pressure in your pelvic area
Frequent urination during the daytime hours
Frequent nighttime urination
Feeling fatigued

Please select the answer that relates to your symptoms...

Heavy menstrual bleeding
could include:
  • Needing to change your pad or tampon every 1 to 2 hours
  • Needing to use 2 types of sanitary products together
  • Period lasting more than 7 days
  • Passing large blood clots
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could include:
  • Tiredness and lack of energy
  • Shortness of breath
  • Noticeable heartbeats (heart palpitations)
  • Pale skin
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Lower abdominal pain
could include:
  • Pelvic pressure
  • Lower back pain
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Passing large blood clots
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Sexual intercourse discomfort
could include:
  • Superficial dyspareunia
  • Deep dyspareunia
  • Lowered libido
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Increased urinary frequency
could include:
  • Frequent urination during the day
  • Frequent urination at night
  • Bladder pressure
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Uterine Fibroids


Fibroids can carry so few (or even no) symptoms as to be virtually undetectable. Unfortunately, they can also create varying levels of havoc within the human body.

Fibroids can cause any combination of the following:

Heavy menstrual bleeding

Between the pressure that fibroids exert on the uterine lining and issues with the uterus perhaps not
contracting properly due to the presence of these pesky growths, many women experience unusually heavy menstrual bleeding. Additionally, in some patients, fibroids can stimulate the growth of blood vessels in the area and throw the prostaglandin hormones out of whack, contributing to the problem. This adds up to physical discomfort, embarrassing situations and with so much blood loss, potential iron deficiency that may need medical attention.
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Frequent urination / constipation

Larger fibroids take up enough room to cause crowding within the abdomen, meaning both bladder
and bowel may bear the brunt. With a fibroid pushing against the bladder, its capacity to hold a larger quantity of urine becomes limited.

When pressuring the bowel, a fibroid can constrict the area through which fecal matter needs to travel to leave the body, leading to constipation.
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Pain issues

Fibroids take up space within the body and that space comes from the budget of the organs around
them. This can translate into pelvic pain and lower back pain, similar to that some women experience during pregnancy. Likewise, they can give a feeling of bloating and discomfort in the belly due to their size.

Fibroids can also cause pain during intercourse as a result of the additional pressure introduced to the area.
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Fertility complications

While fibroids don’t always cause fertility issues, their presence can throw a wrench into
pregnancy plansSubmucosal fibroids can crowd the uterus and multiple or large fibroids of any location can throw the body enough to cause complications. Certainly, most women with fibroids don’t experience infertility but it is an issue of which a woman’s ob/gyn should be aware. Even with circumstances seemingly being stacked against you, a pregnancy can usually be safely carried to term.
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