Many women are accustomed to the sight of red menstrual blood and clear or white vaginal discharge during their childbearing years. But did you know that some women also experience extremely heavy periods, irregular bleeding between periods, and even pink discharge at times? While not always the case, such symptoms can indicate the presence of uterine fibroids –– a common type of noncancerous growth that affects up to 85 percent of women by age 50.
If you notice any changes or irregularities in your bleeding or discharge, we recommend contacting your doctor as soon as possible. Be sure to discuss exactly what you see and when it occurs. For example, you might share that you are noticing pink discharge at the beginning of your periods, or having breakthrough bleeding mid-cycle.
- Heavy, lengthy periods
- Breakthrough bleeding
- Increased cramping
- Blood clots larger than the size of a quarter
- Increased vaginal discharge of any type
- Any unusually colored discharge, including gray, yellow-green, or pink
Along with screening for fibroids, your doctor may wish to look for signs of infection, pregnancy complications, and ovarian or cervical cancer. Ultimately, whatever the underlying cause of your symptoms, seeking prompt medical attention will almost always lead to the best possible outcome for you. At USA Fibroid Centers, we are available to discover what is behind your abnormal bleeding, pink discharge, light pink discharge, or other related symptoms.
What Are Uterine Fibroids?
Uterine fibroids are common, noncancerous growths that occur in or on the uterus. They can develop individually or in clusters, and range in size from a tiny pea to larger than a melon. The good news is that fibroids are almost never any cause for alarm. However, while not inherently dangerous, they have the potential to harm surrounding organs and impact fertility. Although some women aren’t aware of their presence, others are severely impacted by painful, uncomfortable, and inconvenient fibroid symptoms.
- Heavy and prolonged menstruation between or during your periods
- Anemia, which can lead to fatigue
- Pain during intercourse
- Frequent urination
- Constipation and/or bloating
- Pain in your pelvis or lower back
- Increased menstrual cramping
- Stomach swelling
- Watery vaginal discharge
- Pink vaginal discharge
If you suspect you may have uterine fibroids but haven’t yet been diagnosed, we encourage you to contact your doctor or a fibroid specialist as soon as possible. We generally recommend seeking treatment when your career, social life, personal relationships, and/or self-esteem are affected.
We also want to assure you that there are numerous treatment options to explore –– both surgical and non-surgical.
What Is Fibroid Discharge?
If you have noticed pink discharge, you may have some questions about it. You may be wondering, “Why is my discharge pink?” or, “Is pink a typical fibroid discharge color?” You also may be concerned that it is a sign of something more serious than fibroids.
Fibroids themselves don’t actually secrete any discharge, however, uterine fibroids can contribute to increased menstrual bleeding, bleeding between periods, large blood clots, watery discharge, or pink discharge.
Only a medical professional can accurately determine exactly what is going on with your specific situation, but pink discharge or light pink discharge is often a sign that menstrual blood is mixing with clear or white cervical fluid. This combination can appear as a pink hue when it leaves your body.
If your pink discharge occurs at the beginning or end of your period, this is usually considered normal. But pink discharge can also indicate infection, hormonal imbalance, vaginal irritation, or even implantation bleeding.
We want you to understand that having pink discharge doesn’t always mean that you have fibroids. To receive a fibroid diagnosis, you need to visit your doctor, who will likely conduct a pelvic exam. If they suspect you have fibroids, this can be confirmed with ultrasound or MRI imaging. Either of these scans can potentially determine the number, location, and size of any growths.
Discover Uterine Fibroid Treatment at USA Fibroid Centers
If pink discharge or any other fibroid symptoms are negatively impacting your life, we can help. Although many women are told that hysterectomy –– the complete surgical removal of the uterus –– is the only available fibroid treatment option, the reality is that this simply isn’t true.
At USA Fibroid Centers, our fibroid experts offer a unique, non-surgical approach called Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE). This technique is a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure performed by specialized interventional radiologists in dozens of state-of-the-art USA Fibroid Centers across the country.
Advantages of UFE:
- Takes only 30 to 45 minutes
- You are given a light sedative and local anesthesia for comfort
- Involves a short recovery of only one to two weeks
- Has fewer risks than fibroid surgery
- General anesthesia is not required
- There is no hospital stay, so you can go home the same day
- You won’t have any stitches or scarring
- Can retain your future fertility
- Leaves the uterus intact
During UFE, our experts use fibroid mapping –– a specialized ultrasound technique –– to locate your fibroids. Next, a tiny catheter is inserted into your numbed upper thigh. Then, embolic materials are injected through the catheter, blocking the main blood supply to the fibroid(s) and causing it to shrink.
Uterine Fibroid Embolization can quickly and effectively eliminate your fibroid symptoms –– including pain, discomfort, and unpleasant pink discharge. Please don’t wait around and suffer any longer. We are here to help you to take back control of your life. For your safety and convenience, we also offer telemedicine consultations.