Uterine fibroids are muscular tumors that develop in the wall of the uterus. These fibroids can develop individually or there can be multiples in the uterus at one time. They can range in sizes from being as small as a seed or as large as a grapefruit. In most cases fibroids are not cancerous, but there have been rare incidents in which they were.
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Although there aren't any direct symptoms experienced due to fibroids, there are several things that may suggest you do have fibroids. These include:
Unusually heavy bleeding or unusually painful periods
Pain while having sex
Experiencing lower back pains
If you feel as if you may have fibroids consult your doctor, who can run several tests to determine if you do. Your doctor may perform an ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), x-ray, cat scan (CT), hysterosalpingogram, or sonohysterogram. All of these various methods of testing can produce a picture that will show whether or not you do have fibroids.