Uterine fibroids are the most common tumors of the female reproductive tract. Although non-cancerous, they can cause significant harm to nearby organs as well as anemia due to heavy menstrual bleeding. Several factors may influence their formation, such as hormones and genetics. It is estimated that 8-33% women develop fibroids during their child bearing years. Every day, many women are plagued with painful periods, excessive bleeding, or frequent urination. Some women get used to living with painful periods and consider it to be a normal part of a woman’s life but what most of these women don’t know is that they are suffering from a common condition known as uterine fibroids. The question is how do you know if you are suffering from fibroids? To answer that question you have to observe if you are experiencing symptoms such as heavy and prolonged bleeding that continues for more than a week, take place in between periods and cause terrible inconvenience. Another sign to look for is feeling “full” in your abdomen causing pelvic pain and pressure. This symptom is most common in women with larger fibroids and the severity of pelvic pain depends on the location of the fibroids. Unfortunately, the uterus is not the only organ affected by fibroids but they can also put pressure on the bladder causing frequent urination. Fibroids may put pressure on the bowel, causing constipation and bloating. Some other symptoms of fibroids are pain in the back and legs, tiredness, fatigue and overall lack of energy. To help you find out if you are suffering from uterine fibroids, USA Fibroid Centers has developed a 5 minute Fibroid Symptom Checker Quiz for our patients. The quiz contains 19 questions that can be responded to as True or False. The quiz generates results based on all your responses. If you are suffering from heavy and prolonged bleeding that is affecting your personal and work life take our fibroid symptom checker quiz or call (855) 615-2555 for more information.