Uterine fibroids

Overview of uterine fibroids

Uterine fibroids, also called uterine leiomyomas, are noncancerous growths of the uterus. These growths are attached to or part of the muscular wall of the uterus. About 20 to 80 percent of women develop uterine fibroids by age 50.

If you are experiencing signs or symptoms of fibroids, our experienced doctors at Dignity Health are here to provide personalized care for uterine fibroids in NV, CA, and AZ. Find a Doctor and make an appointment today.

Symptoms of uterine fibroids

No one knows exactly what causes uterine fibroids. Researchers think genetics and changing hormone levels may play a role in the development of fibroids. Symptoms vary from woman to woman, and may depend on the size, location, and number of fibroids in the uterus. Some women with uterine fibroids have no obvious symptoms.

At Dignity Health, our doctors have years of experience diagnosing uterine fibroids. Contact your doctor if you experience signs and symptoms of fibroids in the uterus such as:

  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Menstrual periods that are longer than usual
  • Painful periods
  • Vaginal bleeding between periods
  • Pain during sex
  • Feeling of fullness in the pelvic or lower abdominal area
  • Enlarged uterus and abdomen
  • Frequent urination
  • Constipation
  • Lower back pain
  • Reproductive problems, including infertility and miscarriages