Uterine fibroids grow on the walls of the uterus. They can cause heavy periods. They also cause ongoing pain that is worse during your period. The growths start small, but they can get big enough to change the shape of the uterus.
Having the growths doesn’t mean you have a higher risk of uterine cancer.
Symptoms of uterine fibroids include:
- Heavy periods
- Pressure and/or pain in the pelvis
- Periods that last longer than a week
- Trouble emptying the bladder and having to urinate frequently
- Leg pain
You’re more likely to have these growths if:
- You started having your period at an early age.
- You are African American.
- Your mother or a sister has had uterine fibroids.
- You are overweight or obese.
- You eat lots of meat and few vegetables, fruit, and dairy.
- You drink alcohol.
We diagnose this condition using painless, non-invasive MRI and ultrasound scans.
We treat uterine fibroids with a nonsurgical procedure called uterine fibroid embolization (UFE).
If you feel you are having a medical emergency, call 911.