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Uterine Fibroid Symptoms

Abnormal uterine bleeding is one of the most frequently disabling symptoms of uterine fibroids

Uterine Fibroid Symptoms

Click here to discover risks factors impacting uterine fibroids.

In most women symptoms are mild, and no treatment or pharmacological therapy will be required. However, some women experience symptoms that would be described as moderate or severe. Those women typically require pharmaceutical therapy.

Beyond their physical morbidity, uterine fibroids are a frequent cause of significant impairment of quality of life (QoL). In particular, abnormal uterine bleeding is one of the most frequently disabling symptoms of uterine fibroids, and this has associated physical, social and financial implications (including lower employment rates, more frequent absence from work, and loss of earnings in women). It is thought approximately 30% of symptomatic women suffer from abnormal bleeding which can negatively impact them due to feelings of self-consciousness and a reduction in their quality of life. Severe bleeding can also lead to severe iron deficiency, otherwise known as anaemia, which in its own right can cause fatigue, feelings of weakness and shortness of breath following exertion.

The main symptoms common with uterine fibroids are:

symptomsCommonWithUterineFibroids

* The Uterine Fibroid Symptom and Quality of Life (UFSQOL) questionnaire4.

 

Bleeding19, 37, 38

  • Heavy or abnormal menstrual bleeding (including mid-cycle)
  • Anaemia

Symptoms due to fibroid size37

  • Bladder and bowel pressure
  • Increased urinary frequency
  • Infertility and pregnancy complications
  • Enlarged abdomen

Quality of Life (QoL)3, 19*

  • Pain
  • Relationship issues
  • Sexual function
  • Fatigue
  • Concern and anxiety
  • Self-consciousness

* The Uterine Fibroid Symptom and Quality of Life (UFSQOL) questionnaire3.

References

  • 127 Reference 3 - Spies JB., et al. The UFS-QOL, a new disease-specific symptom and health-related quality of life questionnaire for leiomyomata. Obstet Gynecol 2002; 99(2): 290-300.
  • 495 Reference 19 - Borah.B, et al. “The impact of uterine leiomyomas: a national survey of affected women.” AM J Obstet Gynaecol. 2013; 209 (4): 319.e1-319.e20
  • 2915 Reference 37 - Gupta S. Clinical Presentation of Fibroids. Best Pract Res Clin Obstet Gynaecol 2008;22(4):615-626.
  • 2914 Reference 38 – Bukulmez O and Doody KJ. Clinical Features of Myomas. Obstet Gynecol Clin North Am 2006;33(1):69–84.
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