The severity and type of fibroid symptoms vary widely from woman to woman
Fibroids, the benign tumors that grow inside and outside a woman’s uterus, most commonly occur during a woman’s 30s and 40s. Approximately 5 to 10% of the women who have problems with infertility have fibroids; however, the tumors don’t always cause fibroid symptoms or contribute to infertility. Dan Gehlbach, MD, our Kansas City fertility doctor, has the knowledge and expertise to both diagnose and treat fibroids.
What are the most common fibroid symptoms?
It is common for a woman who has fibroids to remain symptom-free, but other women may experience one or more fibroid symptoms, depending on the quantity, location and size of the tumors.
- Menorrhagia, or heavy periods
- Prolonged, more frequent periods
- Painful menstrual cramps
- Spotting between periods
- Pelvic pressure, pressure on the bladder or rectum
- A feeling of fullness in the lower stomach, or pelvic area
- Frequent urination or problems emptying the bladder
- Painful intercourse
- Lower back or leg pain
- Impaired fertility
When should you consult a doctor?
When you experience certain fibroid symptoms, it’s time to see a doctor. Painful, heavy or prolonged periods should not be ignored. Neither should bleeding or spotting that occurs between your periods. Other fibroid symptoms that need attention are problems emptying the bladder or chronic pelvic pain.
If you experience intense pelvic pain or severe vaginal bleeding, you should seek medical care as soon as possible. Normally, fibroids are not dangerous, but some fibroid symptoms can cause complications. For example, serious blood loss could lead to anemia. In addition, certain fibroids, depending on their size, growth rate and location, could lead to fertility issues.
Our Kansas City fertility doctor will treat fibroids that affect fertility
If fibroids are affecting your fertility, you need to see an expert like our Kansas City fertility doctor for advice, diagnosis and treatment. We care about your fertility and your future family, and we will work tirelessly to help you create your dreams. If you are experiencing fibroid symptoms, and you are concerned that you may have fertility issues, contact us today for an appointment.