Fibroid Symptoms: When to See a Doctor

You may benefit from medical treatment if fibroids are causing the following symptoms:

  • Heavy, prolonged periods, sometimes with clots, or irregular periods
  • Anemia (fatigues caused by low red blood count)
  • Pain or pressure between the hip bones or in the back of the legs
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Frequent need to urinate, or urinary retention
  • Constipation or bloating
  • Enlarged abdomen
  • Watery vaginal discharge

Some basic questions you may want to ask your doctor include:

  • How do you typically treat symptomatic fibroids? Why?
  • What are the surgical and non-surgical options for treating my specific condition?
  • What are the advantages, risks and benefits of each of the fibroid treatments?
  • Have all the necessary diagnostic tests been performed specific to my condition?
  • Will fibroids affect my ability to become pregnant?
  • Can treatment improve my fertility?

Make sure you understand completely everything that your doctor tells you. Don’t hesitate to ask your doctor to repeat information or to ask follow-up questions for clarification.

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