Signs and Symptoms of Uterine Fibroids

Signs and Symptoms of Uterine Fibroids

Over 35 million women in the United States currently suffer from uterine fibroids, noncancerous growths of the uterus. Women who do have uterine fibroids (also called leiomyomas or myomas) often find fibroids difficult to live with, as they cause many symptoms related to pain and heavy menstrual bleeding. Over 25 percent of women will experience significant symptoms and suffering as a result of their fibroids. At Acessa Health, we developed and offer the Acessa Procedure with the Acessa ProVu system as a way to treat uterine fibroids as a minimally-invasive option that spares a woman’s uterus. Before you talk to your doctor and figure out which fibroids treatment option is best for you, it’s best to learn exactly what might be happening to your body because of fibroids. At Acessa Health, we want to arm you with knowledge about uterine fibroids and symptoms and signs of uterine fibroids. There are a lot of wonderful overviews about uterine fibroids we’d recommend to get a broad idea about what they mean for everyone, but we also want to start considering what they mean for your body.

When determining your best course of action for uterine fibroids, determine the presence of fibroids is the obvious first step. While fibroids are common, many won’t experience symptoms immediately or severe enough to even know they exist. Many women will think one of the many symptoms they experience are unrelated to fibroids, especially some of the less severe (but not life-altering) ones. There are many kinds of symptoms which are caused by the many different ways your body experiences fibroids. Fibroids come in various sizes and shapes and can be found in various places inside and around the uterus. The most common are submucosal (attached to the inner part of the uterus), subserosal (pushing out from uterus, often onto the bladder) and intramural (in the uterine wall) fibroids. Some women will also have a type of subserosal fibroid called pedunculated fibroids that attaches to the uterus with a stem.

Uterine fibroids vary within the body and over time. While some may shrink, others enlarge and change in size and density sporadically, causing even more pain. Even if fibroids go away on their own or are surgically removed via myomectomy, they often return in the uterus and can even multiply.

While most fibroids are benign, noncancerous growths, that does not mean they are without symptoms, many of which are persistent and painful. Symptoms can run from bulges and lumps in your abdomen to frequent urination and constipation to long, heavy periods and constant pelvic pain. These symptoms can be frustrating, exhausting, painful, and life-altering. Every woman deserves to be without any uterine fibroids and their debilitating symptoms.

With all the possibilities of what fibroids can do to your body and their effect on organs, hormones, and regular, we want to present the most common symptoms for uterine fibroids.

Uterine Fibroids Symptoms

  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Periods lasting more than a week
  • Regular spotting between periods
  • Constant pelvic pressure or pain
  • Frequent urge to urinate
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Constipation
  • Back and leg pain
  • Painful intercourse
  • Bulges or lumps in the lower abdomen
  •  Heavy menstrual bleeding

This is often the first sign of uterine fibroids. As the fibroids grow, they affect the uterine wall and cause heavy bleeding. Blockages and obstruction can also cause bleeding to be thicker or heavier than usual.

  •  Periods lasting more than a week

Likely caused by estrogen and progesterone, hormones connected to the uterus that may affect fibroid growth, fibroids will cause your period to last much longer than other women without fibroids, often lasting ten days or more. This is usually not a one-off experience; women have known their periods to last longer indefinitely, until fibroids are properly treated. Longer lasting periods can also cause anemia, or an iron deficiency, and cause lightheadedness and fatigue.

  •  Regular spotting between periods

As fibroids cause increased uterine bleeding during your periods, the same changes to the uterine wall cause sporadic and unplanned spotting at random times.

  •  Frequent urge to urinate

Uterine fibroids, especially subserosal fibroids attached to the outside of the uterus, will push against other organs and body parts as they expand to fill the space inside your body. One of those organs closest to your uterus is your bladder. This pushing on the bladder causes an urge and need to urinate much more frequently than women without symptomatic uterine fibroids.

  •  Difficulty urinating

While you might need to urinate more frequently, fibroids can often contract and pinch the bladder, making it harder to actually urinate once you feel the urge to go.

  •  Constipation

Similarly, growing fibroids in certain locations can also push against your rectum and cause issues with regular and painful constipation.

  •  Back and leg pain

Beyond general pain and cramping that comes along with your period, fibroids can also create unrelated soreness and aches along your lower back and down into your legs. While this can sometimes be the result of fibroids pushing against your spine, it can also be a sign that a fibroid might be dying on its inside (though still growing outwardly).

  •  Painful intercourse

Uterine pressure caused by growth of the fibroids can cause general uncomfortable sensations, pangs, and tenderness during sex, while growth near or in the cervix can lead to sharper pain and additional bleeding.

  •  Bulges or lumps in the lower abdomen

Often the most outwardly noticeable symptom of fibroids, especially larger and multiple fibroids is the bulking of the lower abdomen, usually right above the pelvic bone. This is caused by growth inside and outside of the uterus.

Risks and Factors of Uterine Fibroids

Research shows that 70 to 80 percent of women will develop uterine fibroids before the age of 50. While knowing the symptoms is helpful to diagnose and treat your fibroids, the below factors will often affect your risk for developing them or the severity of your symptoms:

  • Age

Fibroids become more common as women age, especially during the 30s and 40s and throughout menopause. After menopause, fibroids tend to shrink.

  • Puberty

Women who hit puberty and have their first period before ten years old have been shown to have a greater chance of developing fibroids over their life.

  • Family Genetics

A woman who has a mother who experienced fibroids is almost three times more likely to have uterine fibroids herself. Other family histories of fibroids can show a genetic proclivity towards your likelihood as well.

  • Race and Ethnicity

African-American women are three times more likely to develop fibroids than women of other races. Hispanic women have shown lower rates and propensity towards uterine fibroids when compared to other races.

  • Obesity

Weight affects the risk for fibroids, with research showing that overweight women are at higher risk for fibroids. For women with very high BMIs that extend into the “obese” range, the risk can be three times as high as other women.

Symptoms Quiz

While each and every one of these uterine fibroid symptoms by themselves could be explained by a number of different issues, having more than one could likely mean you need to discuss treatment with your doctor. Exploring all the symptoms to uterine fibroids can be helpful in knowing what might be happening to your body.. At Acessa Health, we want to help you understand your risk and options, so we want to offer our own Uterine Fibroids Symptoms Quiz.

After reading this blog, you might be asking “I have to urinate more often. Does that mean I have fibroids?” While you may, fibroids are often expressed in a constellation of symptoms and experiences. We hope our quiz can help you explore what your next steps are, even if you’ve already been diagnosed with uterine fibroids.  The Acessa Procedure is a quick, proven, and minimally-invasive fibroid treatment option that will spare your uterus, unlike a hysterectomy.

The Acessa Procedure | Treatment for Your Uterine FIbroids

Your uterine fibroid symptoms may vary and as such might require a wide array of treatment options. We’ve put together dozens of scientific papers and helped publish research about uterine fibroids treatment out there and the efficacy of what’s available. For some, medication can shrink fibroids and provide enough relief of pain and frustration. Some doctors will recommend myomectomy, uterine artery embolization (UAE), partial hysterectomy, or hysterectomy as more aggressive ways to treat fibroids, though recent studies have demonstrated that women with fibroids are up to six times more likely to undergo an unnecessary hysterectomy. Research is showing that uterus-conserving treatment is on the rise as more and better options are available.

For that reason, the Acessa Procedure offers women with uterine fibroids symptoms a minimally invasive, outpatient treatment for most types and sizes of fibroids. It uses laparoscopic radiofrequency ablation to destroy fibroids by applying controlled energy through a small needle array. The destroyed fibroid tissue will then be reabsorbed without harming the surrounding healthy uterine tissue.

No matter your symptoms and severity, it’s best to educate yourself when you have fibroids with all the treatment options available. Plan a visit with the Acessa physician nearest you right now to learn more about your symptoms, treatment options and what you can do next to say ”Goodbye fibroids!”

Phone: 866-402-6357

Signs and Symptoms of Uterine Fibroids

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My grandmother knew something was wrong. My mom went through the same thing and ended up having a hysterectomy. I was only 29 when I was diagnosed and hysterectomy was not an option I wanted to consider. First, I tried major surgery instead. Not only was it painful and the recovery time was long, but the fibroids grew back. So the next time around, I got the Acessa Procedure for fibroids. I was back on my feet in a matter of days after my Acessa procedure with Dr. Jessica Shepherd, and have never felt better. I have the best period of my life, it only lasts 5 days! The Acessa Procedure was life-changing for me.

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Signs and Symptoms of Uterine Fibroids

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