What Are the Symptoms of Fibroids?

By: Dr. Carrie Giordano


The world of women's health can be complex, especially when it comes to unexplained pain or changes in menstrual patterns. Led by Dr. Carrie Giordano, the team at Wahine Health is committed to providing education and resources for Wailea, HI patients so they can make the most informed decisions for their health.

If you're experiencing notably painful periods, heavy bleeding, or pressure around the pelvic area, you may have uterine fibroids, a common condition. Dr. Giordano and our team are here to provide answers and relief.

What are uterine fibroids?

Uterine fibroids are benign (noncancerous) growths that often develop on the uterus during a person's childbearing years. Though they're not usually considered dangerous, they can sometimes cause discomfort and lead to complications, such as fertility issues. Fibroids vary greatly in size, shape, and location within the uterus, which can influence the symptoms experienced. The different types of fibroids include:

  • Intramural fibroids, which develop within the muscular uterine wall
  • Subserosal fibroids, which project to the outside of the uterus
  • Submucosal fibroids, the least common type that forms in the middle muscle layer of the uterus
  • Pedunculated fibroids, which are attached to the uterine wall by a stem-like structure

What are some of the signs of fibroids?

Fibroid symptoms can range from nonexistent to severe, depending on the size, number, and location of the growths. Common signs of fibroids include:

  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Periods lasting more than a week
  • Especially painful periods
  • Pelvic pressure or pain
  • A frequent urge to urinate
  • Difficulty emptying the bladder
  • Constipation
  • Backache or leg pains

It's important to listen to your body and monitor any changes or discomfort that may indicate the presence of fibroids.

When should I see a doctor about uterine fibroids?

Fibroid symptoms can sometimes look like symptoms of other uterine disorders, which is why it's important to seek a professional diagnosis. If you find yourself grappling with persistent pelvic pain, noticing significant changes in your menstruation like heavier, longer, or more painful periods, facing challenges with conceiving, or experiencing any sudden, sharp pelvic pain, we recommend scheduling a consultation with Dr. Giordano. As a board-certified gynecologist, she can deliver a diagnosis and build a treatment plan to manage your fibroid symptoms and help prevent future complications.

How do you treat fibroids?

Dr. Giordano specializes in minimally invasive fibroid surgery to remove unwanted growths. A myomectomy (also called a fibroidectomy) involves the removal of fibroids in a way that preserves the rest of the uterus, minimizing pain and recovery time. This procedure may be ideal for women looking to alleviate symptoms while maintaining their fertility or for those seeking less invasive alternatives to traditional surgery. During your consultation at our Wailea, HI office, she'll review the details of your procedure and let you know what you can expect from your treatment.

Get experienced care for fibroid symptoms

If you're dealing with pain, menstrual problems, or other symptoms that you think may be caused by uterine fibroids, remember that you're not alone. Dr. Carrie Giordano and the team at Wahine Health in Wailea, HI, are here to support you every step of the way. With Dr. Giordano's minimally invasive approach to fibroid surgery, you can find the relief you need. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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