Table 4

Frequency of pain symptoms: Comparison of diagnosed women with uterine fibroids and women without a diagnosis of uterine fibroids

Women

    with
a diagnosis of uterine fibroids

Women

    without
a diagnosis of uterine fibroids

p-value*


Total N

1,533

20,213


% of women with symptom


Pressure on the bladder or inside the abdomen

32.6%

15.0%

p < 0.001


Chronic pelvic pain (i.e. all or most days of the month)

14.5%

2.9%

p < 0.001


Painful sexual intercourse

23.5%

9.1%

p < 0.001


Pain occurring mid-cycle/during ovulation (approx. 10 days after the end of my period)

31.3%

17.1%

p < 0.001


Pain after my menstrual bleeding or period

16.7%

6.4%

p < 0.001


Pain during menstrual bleeding or period

59.7%

52.0%

p < 0.001


Pain when going to the toilet

10.8%

5.4%

p < 0.001


Cramping during menstrual period

50.2%

47.0%

0.014


Menstrual/period cramps in the abdominal (belly) area just before menstrual bleeding starts

48.7%

47.2%

0.246


2-test applied

Zimmermann et al. BMC Women's Health 2012 12:6   doi:10.1186/1472-6874-12-6

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