Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths of the uterus that are very common in women during the childbearing years. Most women are unaware that they have fibroids, because they usually do not cause any symptoms. However, depending on the location of the fibroid and its size, some women do experience uncomfortable symptoms.
The most common symptoms of uterine fibroids include:
- Abnormal uterine bleeding, such as excessive bleeding and prolonged menstrual periods
- Pelvic pressure or pain
- Lower back or leg pain
- Urinary problems, such as frequent urination, or difficulty emptying the bladder