Fibroid is a non-cancerous growth of smooth muscle and connective tissue in uterus. Fibroids originates from the thick wall of the uterus and are categorized by where they grow. Fibroids can cause discomfort during sexual intercourse for some women.
Important thing to note here is that fibroids occur in the uterus, not the vagina. But they can grow to a size or be in an area that causes discomfort during sex. Sex becomes highly uncomfortable when fibroids grow in the vicinity of the cervix at the end of the vaginal tract.
Good news is that not all fibroids grow in this area, only cervical fibroids does. There are three other types of tumors besides cervical fibroids i.e. Submucousal, Subserousal and Intramural fibroids.
Cervical fibroids makes it difficult for the women to enjoy sex because it either press on the cervix or actually hang through the cervical opening. Large fibroids can create a sensation of pressure that interferes with sexual enjoyment. Fibroids close to the cervix may not only cause pain, but bleeding also during sexual penetration.
If you are experiencing pain during sex and doubting if it’s because of fibroids. Then visit your physician so that a thorough examination can be done of your situation and uncover whether or not your symptoms are a direct result of your fibroids.
Pain and bleeding definitely create anxiety and makes sex stressful. There is good probability that you may start avoiding intimacy all together. Fibroids are a medical condition that can be cured without a major surgery. Their impact on your sex life can be corrected. And a sex-related fibroid problem, can stop being a problem.
Painful sex and bleeding are not only ways fibroids can affect a woman’s sexual health. Fibroids also creates hormonal imbalance in your body. It creates an imbalance between two important female hormones, estrogen and progesterone. This hormonal imbalance may lower your libido. Even very small fibroids can influence the estrogen/ progesterone relationship. A diminished sex drive may be the early warning sign that fibroids are present.
It is very important to realize that there’s a connection between fibroids, painful sex, low desire, and loss of libido. Women aren’t always sure why sex stops being enjoyable or it hurts. While everyone goes through shifts in desire, if your disinterest in sex isn’t temporary, if you experience pain or bleed during sex, it’s time to seek medical advice.
Fibroids aren’t life-threatening
But they can be life-altering. Painful sex, fear of sex, loss of desire, all impact a woman’s well-being. If fibroids are upsetting your sex life, there is a range of treatment options to get you back to health. It’s very important to know that surgery isn’t your only choice.
Talk to your partner
Avoiding sex may solve the immediate problem, but can lead to much bigger issues. Your partner may not understand why you are avoiding intimacy. Explain that fibroids are affecting your desire or causing you pain during sex. Then reassure them this is temporary. Fibroids are curable.
Don’t put off treatment
If fibroids are making sex uncomfortable or negatively affecting your sex life, it’s time to do something. Speak with a doctor. Be honest about your symptoms. Be clear about what you expect from treatment. Make sure you understand all your treatment options. Not only surgical approaches like myomectomy or hysterectomy, but non-surgical alternatives like Uterine Fibroid Embolization.