Uterine Fibroid

ExitCare ImageA uterine fibroid is a growth (tumor) in the uterus. It is not cancerous. Some fibroids cause pain or heavy bleeding during and in between periods.


Home care depends on how you were treated. In general:

  • Keep all doctor visits with your doctor.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor. Do not take aspirin.

  • If you soak your tampon or pad in 30 minutes or less, call your doctor right away.

  • If you have painful periods that are not heavy, lie down with your feet up. Put cold packs on your belly (abdomen).

  • If you have heavy periods, tell your doctor how many pads or tampons you use in a month.

  • Talk to your doctor about taking iron pills.

  • Eat green vegetables.

  • If you were given hormone medicines, take them as told.

  • If you need surgery, ask your doctor for more information on that surgery.


  • You have lower belly (pelvic) pain or cramps not helped by medicine.

  • You have sudden lower belly pain that gets worse.

  • You have more bleeding between and during your periods.

  • You feel lightheaded or faint.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.