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Enlarged uterus symptoms

Updated November 21, 2016

A woman over age 30 is at greater risk of developing growths with her uterus. One possible consequence of these growths is an enlarged uterus.

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The uterus, or womb, is a pear-shaped hollow organ. A part of a woman's reproductive system, it is where a baby develops and grows, states the National Cancer Institute.


If you have an enlarged uterus, you can experience symptoms including pressure in your pelvic area and difficulty urinating. You could look as though you have gained weight because your abdomen is swollen.


According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a doctor can have difficulty performing a pelvic examination on you if you have an enlarged uterus.


Growths within the uterus can be benign, like fibroids, or they can be malignant, like endometrial cancer.


If uterine fibroids are causing an enlarged uterus, they can be removed through endometrial ablation or a surgical procedure called myomectomy. Endometrial cancer is treated with surgery and radiation therapy.

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Kay Wagers
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