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What Are the Symptoms of a Swollen Uterus?

An exam by a doctor may help diagnose a swollen uterus.
The uterus is part of the female reproductive system.
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  • Last Modified Date: 21 March 2014
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There are many symptoms of a swollen uterus. The type of symptoms a woman experiences will depend on what causes the enlarged uterus. General symptoms include swelling of the abdomen, irregular bleeding, and pain in the pelvic region. Uterine fibroids, endometrial cancer, ovarian cysts, and adenmyosis are the four causes of this condition.

Uterine fibroids are one of the most common causes of a swollen uterus. These non-cancerous growths can occur in the uterine wall, on the outside, or on the inside of the uterus. The presence of fibroids can cause bleeding, abdominal pain, or a lower back ache. Some women also experienced pain during intercourse and constipation.

A swollen uterus may also be caused by endometrial cancer. This condition occurs when cancerous tumors grow in the endometrium. Some common symptoms include trouble urinating and bleeding between menstrual cycles or after menopause. Pain during intercourse is also likely to occur.

Ovarian cysts are another cause of a swollen uterus. In this instance, an unhealthy uterus is not the problem. Cysts growing on or inside the ovaries cause the inflamed response of the uterus. Many occurrences of ovarian cysts do not cause symptoms and go undetected. When uterine swelling occurs, doctors look for ovarian cysts as a cause.

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Adenomyosis is another common issue that can cause a swollen uterus. This condition occurs when the uterine lining begins growing into the muscular wall. Symptoms include abnormal menstrual cramping, passing of blood clots and heavy bleeding during menstruation, and bleeding in between periods.

One of the most common general symptoms associated with a swollen uterus is abnormal menstrual bleeding. This symptom is also known as menorrhagia. Bleeding can be in large amounts, intermittent, or cause periods that last longer than a normal period.

Sudden weight gain is another symptom of a swollen uterus. A woman’s weight tends to fluctuate naturally in small increments as a response to the menstrual cycle or hormone changes. When there’s no logical or explainable reason for this weight gain, an enlarged uterus may be the cause.

Properly diagnosing a swollen uterus is important. The right cause of the swelling is necessary in order to create a successful treatment plan. Diagnosis can be reached through various testing, including blood tests, laparoscopy, and endometrial biopsies.

Treatments will vary depending on the exact cause of the swelling. Hormonal therapy, radiation or chemotherapy, and surgery are common treatments for cancer. Other treatments are limited to prescription medications to reduce pain and inflammation for causes that are unknown.

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JessicaLynn
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It's interesting that enlargement of the uterus can be caused by so many different things! But the symptoms seem to be the same, even if the cause is different. It seems like abnormal menstrual bleeding is the most common symptoms of having a swollen uterus.

I'm actually not sure if I would go to the doctor if I had some bleeding in between periods, or an abnormal period or two. I wonder if a lot of women are walking around with this problem and don't know it? I'm definitely going to mention this condition to all my female friends so they know what to look out for!

SZapper
Post 2

@starrynight - I've heard that uterine and ovarian cancers often go undiagnosed for awhile because women don't pay attention to their symptoms or think they'll go away! Glad your aunt got help in time.

I actually had a friend who had a different enlarged uterus cause than your aunt. She had an enlarged uterus because of fibroids! As the article mentioned, it was quite the process for her to get diagnosed. I remember her going to the doctor all the time for various tests! Then, when she finally was diagnosed she had surgery to remove the uterine fibroids.

starrynight
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One of my aunts had cancer, and uterus swelling was actually what tipped her doctors off. She gained a bunch of weight really suddenly, and was really bloated as well. She also had some of the other symptoms of a swollen uterus too, like bleeding in between periods.

My aunt didn't think that having some spotting between periods was a big deal. However, the sudden weight gain was really strange, so that's what made her go to the doctor. I'm glad she paid attention to her symptoms, because they caught her cancer in time and she is now in remission!

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