Moderate Uterine Fibroids

What are Moderate Uterine Fibroids?

Uterine Fibroids (also known as leiomyomas) are noncancerous growths of the uterus. They are inflamed masses that can vary in size. Moderate uterine fibroids are those that are significantly larger than normal, but not large enough to require surgical intervention. Moderate is used to denote size in this context as there is no clear-cut definition of what constitutes moderate.

Possible Symptoms of Moderate Uterine Fibroids

Symptoms associated with moderate uterine fibroids can vary significantly depending on the individual. Common signs include:

  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Abdominal pain
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Bloating or pelvic discomfort
  • Frequent urination
  • Constipation

Diagnosis and Treatment of Moderate Uterine Fibroids

Moderate uterine fibroids are typically diagnosed through a pelvic exam, lab tests, and/or imaging tests such as ultrasound or MRI. Once they are identified, various treatments are available. The best course of treatment will depend upon the individual and the specific symptoms she is experiencing.

Treatment options may include:

  • Hormonal therapy using medications or other treatments to help reduce fibroid size and symptoms.
  • Surgery to remove the fibroids if they are causing significant discomfort or symptoms.
  • Alternative treatments such as acupuncture, massage, and herbal remedies.


Moderate uterine fibroids can cause significant symptoms and discomfort, and appropriate treatment is necessary in order to maintain reproductive health. It is important to discuss all possible treatment options with your doctor before deciding on a course of action.