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Pregnancy and Fibroids

What Is a Fibroid Tumor?

Have you been told by your doctor that you have fibroid tumors? Do you have concerns about complications for your baby or for yourself? Read the answers to these commonly asked questions.

A fibroid tumor, also known as leiomyoma or myoma, is a mass of compacted muscle and fibrous tissue that grows on the wall (or sometimes on the outside) of the uterus. It can be as small as a pea or as large as a grapefruit. Fibroid tumors occur in 50 to 80 percent of women.

The symptoms of a fibroid tumor are:

- Heavy vaginal bleeding
- Abdominal pain
- Pelvic pressure
- Frequent urination
- Constipation

Always report abdominal pain or vaginal bleeding to your doctor immediately.

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