Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths of the uterus, which often appear during childbearing years. There is no definite answer why women develop uterine fibroids and not all women have symptoms. Symptoms will vary, but may include: painful periods, abnormal or heavy bleeding.

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Heavy menstrual bleeding can be very uncomfortable, and can affect a woman’s quality of life. As a result many women suffering from uterine fibroids can become very anemic, and require iron treatment and or blood transfusions. Traditionally, surgery and/or hysterectomy have been the treatment options of choice, however with advances in medicine, and women trying to avoid surgery, more treatment options are becoming available to alleviate symptoms.

Heavy bleeding is defined by one of the following:

  • Soaking through one or more tampons or pads
  • A need to change sanitary protection during the night
  • A need to double up sanitary protection
  • Missing work or school because of symptoms