Uterine fibroids are benign tumors originating in the uterus and in most cases, do not present any symptoms. For others certain symptoms may appear depending on the size, number and location of the fibroids.
Fibroids are typically described based on their location in the uterus and can trigger varying symptoms on where they are positioned. Some of the symptoms cay-used by growing uterine fibroids can include the following.
1. Excessive menstrual bleeding
One of the most common symptoms of uterine fibroids is heavy bleeding during or in between menstrual cycles. When this happens, the menstrual discharge often contains passing clots.
Along with painful mensuration due to heavy bleeding, woman may also experience frequent soiling due to the large amount of discharge being expelled. This can be a big inconvenience and may cause interference with everyday activities and lifestyle.
Overtime abnormally excessive bleeding may also lead to other potentially serious side effects.
2. Longer than usual menstruation
Fibroids that develop in the inner side of the uterus and extend into the uterine cavity are known as submucosal fibroids and can cause not only excessive but also extensive bleeding. These fibroids while increasing the area of the lining also increase menstrual flow and decrease the normal ability of the lining to stop the bleeding, resulting in prolonged menstruation.
In some cases, women may experience periods that go on for weeks, sometimes with no real break between one period and the next.