Many fibroids do not cause symptoms. If a fibroid does cause symptoms, it may be because of the size or location of the fibroid.
Symptoms range from mild to severe. Large fibroids can produce symptoms, such as:
Bleeding symptoms include:
If heavy bleeding continues for a period of time, iron-deficiency anemia may develop. Symptoms of anemia include:
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Last reviewed December 2014 by Andrea Chisholm, MD