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Six Signs You Might Have Fibroids

Acessa Health | August 16, 2019

Many women suffer from uterine fibroids without realizing they have them. Here are six signs and symptoms of fibroids to help you determine if you might be suffering from fibroids. 

It’s widely accepted that women across the world associate their period with pain. Unfortunately, it is normal for women to suffer through their monthly menstrual cycles for years before learning their pain and other symptoms were caused by fibroids.1 And although fibroids are a common condition, they aren’t commonly talked about. 1

In an effort to change that, we spoke to women with symptomatic fibroids and asked them some of their frequent side effects.7 We hope the more we talk about it, the more likely it is other women will too.

1. My periods are so heavy.

The most common symptom caused by fibroids is a heavy period. Specifically, one that:
– Last longer than seven days.2
– Cause you to soak through tampons or pads faster than one per hour for several hours in a row.3

Women with heavy periods often say, “I didn’t know my periods were not normal, because they were normal for me.” 7 By the time a woman is 40, they’ve likely had their period for 25 years. That’s a long time to get used to dealing with heavy periods.

The women we spoke to often reported that they have “always had a heavier period”, but when they got older, it got heavier and heavier.7 Unplanned spotting or bleeding between periods are also common with fibroids.4 Some women reported that they bleed for weeks and weeks in a row.7

2. I’m so tired.

When women have heavy periods due to fibroids, they can feel physically weak because they lose too much blood during their period, causing anemia and fatigue.8 Women may also feel lightheaded and dizzy. In the worst cases, some women need blood transfusions because of blood loss.8

3. I look pregnant, but I’m not!

Fibroids can also cause “bulkiness” or bloating and swelling in the abdomen. Bulk symptoms mean the fibroids are large enough that the uterus is causing the stomach to extend outward. When women experience bulk symptoms from fibroids, they often feel forced to wear loose clothing to avoid uncomfortable questions about looking pregnant. 7 Unfortunately, insecurity is a common result of bulk symptoms.7

4. I’m in pain.

Fibroids can hurt when they are large and put pressure on other organs. This can mean back pain, leg pain, and pain in other areas.8 Sometimes women feel constant pain, sometimes it comes and goes.7

One thing that is common in many women with fibroids is pain during sex.5

Fibroids can cause general uncomfortable sensations, pangs and tenderness. Pain during sex can also lead to disruption in relationships, causing additional stress and anxiety.7 Women who experience pain during sex due to fibroids also reported feeling alone, embarrassed and self-conscious.7

5. I have to go to the bathroom all the time.

Frequent urination can occur when fibroids put pressure on the bladder.5 Sometimes women with fibroids notice they can’t finish a TV show or get through their workout without needing to go to the bathroom.7 Some women also have trouble with urinating and constipation.7

6. I plan my life around my period.

Women with fibroids repeatedly find themselves planning their lives around their period.7 Whether it’s because they have heavy flows, painful or long periods, or a combination, they dread their cycle.

If any of this sounds familiar to you, know that it’s okay. It is nothing to be ashamed of and is very normal for women with symptomatic fibroids.7 We want to squash the idea that these symptoms are something to be embarrassed of.

The best way we know how to do that is by sharing stories and making fibroids part of the conversation.

If you suffer from any of these symptoms, share your story below. This is a community where it’s safe to share, and we want to hear from you.

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Contact us at info@acessahealth.com

Sources:

  1. Borah BJ, Nicholson WK, Bradley L, et al. The impact of uterine leiomyomas: a national survey of affected women. Am J Obstet Gynecol
  2. 2013;209:319.e1-20.
  3. Uterine fibroids. (2019, December 10). Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/uterine-fibroids/symptoms-causes/syc-20354288
  4. Borah BJ, Nicholson WK, Bradley L, et al. The impact of uterine leiomyomas: a national survey of affected women. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2013;209:319.e1-20.
  5. Uterine fibroids. (2019, December 10). Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/uterine-fibroids/symptoms-causes/syc-20354288
  6. Borah BJ, Nicholson WK, Bradley L, et al. The impact of uterine leiomyomas: a national survey of affected women. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2013;209:319.e1-20.
  7. Interviews with women dealing with fibroids (names redacted for privacy). Elaine Horton. 2018-2019
  8. Cologne, Germany: Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG); 2006-. Uterine fibroids: Overview. 2014 Oct 22 [Updated 2017 Nov 16]. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK279535/

Acessa Health encourages patients to seek medical attention for typical and atypical symptoms associated with fibroids to help achieve and maintain good health with as high a quality of life as possible. Although many patients may benefit from the Acessa Procedure, this treatment is not for everyone and results may vary. You should talk to your doctor about the potential benefits and risks and whether this treatment is right for you. Information contained on this site is not to be used as a substitute for talking to your doctor. You should always talk to your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.

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