Fibroids are abnormal uterine muscle tissue growths. They can occur inside the uterine cavity, within the uterine wall, on the outside edge of the uterine wall, or even outside of the uterus, and they affect as much as 70 percent of women at some point in their lives.
The reason why fibroids dont have as much popularity as it should is based on the fact that the majority of women who have them never even know they’re there. Uterine fibroids symptoms vary depending on how many is present, the area they are located and their size.
As such, if they are small and few enough, chances are, you’ll never feel anything. They can however be serious in some cases, especially if they are large and painful which will most likely require surgery.
Most women report to the hospital only when they’re experiencing pelvic pressure or abnormal bleeding. There are however other symptoms of fibroids you should be on the lookout for. If youre experiencing one or two of the issues below, its best you see a gynaecologist ASAP.
Heavy Feeling In Your Pelvis
This is probably the most common symptom of fibroids and it comes with some sort of growth in your body. Women with larger fibroids tend to feel a sensation of something pushing down on the pelvis—because there is something pushing down on the pelvis.
Uncontrolled Changes In Your Periods
There are a lot of things that can cause changes to your menstrual cycle, and fibroids are one of the main things. If you have a submucosal fibroid, a fibroid within the uterine cavity, you will most likely bleed much more than the typical.
What this means is that your period would be longer, heavier, or you might bleed in between periods. The bleeding would be significantly greater than or different from your norm.
Some fibroids can actually lead to iron deficiency or a shortage of red blood cells (anaemia). This is usually due to the heavy periods. In submucosal fibroids, women may bleed quite extensively, even to the point of requiring blood or iron transfusions.
Symptoms of anaemia include fatigue, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, dizziness, or an overactive heartbeat.
Constant Feeling Of Bloating
For the most part, fibroids just make you look or feel bloated, but they can even grow to a size where they can cause difficulty breathing or kidney failure. If you discover that your abdomen is expanding in size, don’t just write it off as weight gain if you’re not gaining weight elsewhere.
If you’ve noticed that you’re peeing more frequently, or just feel the urge to pee often, it might be the result of a fibroid. The uterus is located right next to the bladder, and if something is growing on the left side of your uterus, it could cause urinary pressure or the urge to urinate often.
Difficulty Peeing And Pooping
A fibroid can also make it harder to use the bathroom, too. If You find yourself frequently accommodating urine, it may get to a time that your body gets used to it and your anatomy changes so much that the urethra, the tube that leads from the bladder out, becomes bent making it difficult for you to urinate.
As a matter of fact, some people will actually have to lift up on the fibroid or lift up on their uterus as a way of straightening out the urethra enough to allow themselves to urinate.
While this isnt a symptom that is particularly restricted to fibroids, it can occur along with other fibroid symptoms. You could have a fibroid that protrudes or bulges down into the vagina and this could cause pain during penetration.
Also, since a fibroid is generally attached to the uterus, it could be jostled during intercourse and hit another part of the anatomy, which can result in pain.
However, painful sex can result from several other issues, ranging from cervical cancer to vaginal dryness. Pain is nothing to shrug off, but it is important you talk to your gynaecologist before worrying.