10 Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore if You Have Fibroids


Fibroids, also known as uterine leiomyomas, are noncancerous growths that develop in the uterus, affecting millions of women worldwide. While fibroids are often asymptomatic and harmless, they can cause a range of symptoms that impact a woman’s quality of life and reproductive health. Recognizing the signs and symptoms of fibroids is crucial for timely diagnosis and appropriate management. In this blog, we’ll highlight 10 symptoms you shouldn’t ignore if you have fibroids, shedding light on their significance and the importance of seeking medical attention. At CLIO Mother and Child Institute, we are committed to providing comprehensive care and support to women facing fibroids, empowering them to make informed decisions about their health and well-being.

  1. Heavy Menstrual Bleeding:
    One of the most common symptoms of fibroids is heavy menstrual bleeding, also known as menorrhagia. Women with fibroids may experience prolonged or excessive menstrual bleeding, requiring frequent changes of sanitary pads or tampons. Heavy menstrual bleeding can lead to fatigue, anemia, and disruption of daily activities, affecting a woman’s overall quality of life.
  2. Pelvic Pain or Pressure:
    Because of their size and position inside the uterus, fibroids can produce pressure or pain in the pelvis. Women may experience dull, aching pelvic pain or discomfort, which can worsen during menstruation or sexual intercourse. Large fibroids or those pressing on surrounding organs may cause feelings of pressure or fullness in the pelvic region.
  3. Pelvic Discomfort:
    In addition to pelvic pain or pressure, women with fibroids may experience general pelvic discomfort or a sense of heaviness in the lower abdomen. This discomfort may be persistent or intermittent and can vary in intensity depending on the size and number of fibroids present.
  4. Frequent Urination:
    Fibroids that press on the bladder or urethra can cause urinary symptoms such as frequent urination or urgency. Women may feel the need to urinate more frequently than usual or experience a sudden urge to urinate, even when the bladder is not full. In some cases, fibroids may lead to difficulty emptying the bladder.
  5. Constipation or Difficulty Emptying the Bowels:
    Large fibroids can exert pressure on the rectum or intestines, leading to symptoms such as constipation or difficulty passing stool. Women may experience infrequent bowel movements, straining during bowel movements, or a sensation of incomplete evacuation.
  6. Abdominal Swelling or Enlargement:
    Fibroids can cause the abdomen to swell or become enlarged, particularly in women with larger or multiple fibroids. Abdominal swelling may be accompanied by bloating, discomfort, or a feeling of heaviness in the abdominal area. In some cases, fibroids may be mistaken for pregnancy due to abdominal enlargement.
  7. Lower Back Pain:
    Women with fibroids may experience lower back pain or discomfort, particularly if the fibroids are pressing on the nerves in the lower spine. The pain may be dull or sharp and may radiate from the lower back to the buttocks or thighs. Lower back pain associated with fibroids may worsen during menstruation or prolonged periods of standing or sitting.
  8. Painful Intercourse:
    Fibroids located near the cervix or within the uterine wall can cause pain or discomfort during sexual intercourse, known as dyspareunia. Women may experience deep pelvic pain or aching sensations during penetration or thrusting. Painful intercourse can impact sexual intimacy and satisfaction, affecting overall relationship dynamics.
  9. Abnormal Uterine Bleeding:
    In addition to heavy menstrual bleeding, fibroids can cause other types of abnormal uterine bleeding, such as irregular periods or spotting between periods. Women may notice changes in their menstrual cycle, including shorter or longer menstrual periods, irregular bleeding patterns, or breakthrough bleeding.
  10. Difficulty Getting Pregnant or Recurrent Miscarriages:
    While fibroids are often benign and do not affect fertility, certain types and locations of fibroids may interfere with pregnancy or increase the risk of miscarriage. Fibroids that distort the shape of the uterus or block the fallopian tubes can impair fertility or increase the risk of implantation failure or pregnancy loss.


Fibroids are common benign growths that can cause a range of symptoms affecting a woman’s quality of life and reproductive health. Recognizing the signs and symptoms of fibroids is crucial for timely diagnosis and appropriate management. If you experience any of the symptoms mentioned above, it’s important to consult a healthcare provider for evaluation and treatment. At CLIO Mother and Child Institute, we offer comprehensive care and support to women facing fibroids, including diagnostic testing, treatment options, and personalized management plans tailored to individual needs. Don’t ignore the symptoms—take control of your health and well-being with CLIO.

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