What are uterine fibroid tumors, and how can women know they might have them?

Uterine fibroids are muscular tumors the grow in the wall of the uterus, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesOff Site Icon (HHS).

Fibroids are the most common noncancerous tumors found in women of childbearing ages, according to the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionOff Site Icon (CDC).

Symptoms that might let a woman know she has uterine fibroids, according to the CDC, include:

  • Bleeding in between periods
  • Heavy and painful periods
  • Lower back pain
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Reproductive problems such as difficulty getting pregnant, multiple miscarriages, and pre-term labor
  • Urinating often

For more information about uterine fibroids, talk with your doctor.

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