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How do I know if I have fibroids?

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How do I know if I have fibroids? Most women are diagnosed with fibroids during the course of a routine, annual pelvic examination. This is because most women with fibroids are fortunate not to have symptoms. Other women may have symptoms that are suggestive of the diagnosis of fibroids. These symptoms include heavy bleeding during menstruation, excessive cramping during men, a generalized feeling of pelvic bloating or pressure and urinary frequency. Fibroids can also be associated with infertility problems (all in all, a rather uncomfortable disconcerting conglomeration of symptoms). For women who have a pelvic examination suggestive of uterine fibroids, or who have symptoms suggestive of uterine fibroids, the next step to diagnosing them is to perform a cross sectional imaging procedure, typically ultrasound and sometimes magnetic resonance imaging.

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