Uterine fibroids

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What is uterine fibroids?

Uterine fibroids are the most common benign tumors in females and typically found during the middle and later reproductive years. While most fibroids are asymptomatic, they can grow and cause heavy and painful menstruation, painful sexual intercourse, and urinary frequency and urgency.

Common symptoms reported by people with uterine fibroids

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with uterine fibroids

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Abdominal hysterectomy)
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
28
Tried for
uterine fibroids (28) Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
Pain (11) uterine fibroids (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
Depressed mood (7) Pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
Pain (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
Anxious mood (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Naprosyn)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
Pain (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
Pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Insomnia (3) Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Insomnia (4) Anxious mood (1)
1 more

Data from patients with uterine fibroids, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with uterine fibroids

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Abdominal hysterectomy)
Perceived effectiveness
for uterine fibroids (11 evaluations)
Side effects
Hospitalization Abdominal pain 8 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
uterine fibroids (28) Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Chronic constipation Sleepiness
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
Pain (11) uterine fibroids (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (16 evaluations)
Side effects
Difficulty urinating (dysuria) Nightmares 2 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
Depressed mood (7) Pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (8 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Sleepiness
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
Pain (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Very tired right after treatment
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
Anxious mood (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Naprosyn)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
Pain (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness High feeling 1 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
Pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Increased or worsened depression Weight gain
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
Insomnia (3) Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Headaches
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
Pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Racing thoughts restless legs syndrome 1 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
Insomnia (4) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with uterine fibroids, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has uterine fibroids on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 14
30s 96
40s 256
50s 185
60s 55
70+ 9
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 26
20-29 years 57
30-39 years 99
40-49 years 76
50-59 years 16
60-69 years 1
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

100% Female
0% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 363
Not Diagnosed 5

These charts show data from uterine fibroids patients who have completed their condition history
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