It’s very common that women who have uterine fibroids don’t have any symptoms. For those women who have fibroids symptoms can be influenced by the location, size and number of fibroids.
Rarely fibroids can cause severe pain, it happens sometimes when it outgrows its blood supply and begins to die. Fibroids are classified by their location. Intramural fibroids grow within the muscular uterine wall. Submucosal fibroids bulge into the uterine cavity. Subserosal fibroids project to the outside of the uterus.
Fibroids are usually not dangerous, but they can cause discomfort & may lead to complications such as anemia from heavy blood loss.
6 Most common Fibroids Symptoms:
While these uterine fibroids symptoms can range from mild to severe, even the mild ones can cause a disruption to a person’s life.
1. Heavy Bleeding or Painful Periods
This is very common symptom associated with fibroids. Heavy bleeding can also lead you to anemia. Anemia occurs when a person has lower than average iron present in the blood and has symptoms of its own including fatigue, pallor to the skin, shortness of breath, low blood pressure, and fast heartbeats. In addition, heavy bleeding is often accompanied by more painful cramping which can lead to lost time at work or other life events.
2. Frequent Urination
Fibroids can put pressure on your bladder causing the need for frequent urination. This frequent urination and loss of bladder control can be experienced to such an extent that adult diaper are sometime needed. Conversely, you can also find it difficult to empty your bladders, and also have bouts of constipation.
3. Lower Abdomen Enlargement
Fibroids can make your stomach large and distended by causing swelling in the abdomen. Not only can this cause issues with your appearance, but it can make it difficult to find clothing that fits and hurt your self-image.
4. Painful Sex
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.
5. Complications during Pregnancy
Fibroids can cause difficulty in conceiving or can make successful pregnancy challenging. In some cases can lead to miscarriages. It can cause other complications like placental abruption and premature labor. Uterine fibroids can increase greater chances of needing an emergency cesarean section.
6. Back and Leg Pain
This is another very common uterine fibroids symptom. Back and Leg pain can come up suddenly & sharply and can also be constant and chronic.