Symptoms and Causes of Enlarged Uterus:
Most women associate an enlarged uterus with pregnancy, but that’s not the only reason your uterus can expand. Large or multiple fibroids can also cause an enlarged uterus. As the result of an enlarged uterus, some women experience weight gain, a bloated belly, a feeling of fullness in the lower abdomen, or heavy bleeding.
If you are experiencing symptoms of a swollen uterus, we suggest contacting your doctor as soon as possible. An enlarged uterus can usually be detected during a physical exam, then confirmed via ultrasound or MRI. If fibroids are found to be the cause of the issue,
we recommend consulting a fibroid specialist for personalized treatment recommendations.
Enlarged or Swollen Uterus: Why Does My Uterus Feel Swollen?
An enlarged or swollen uterus can develop for multiple reasons, including pregnancy or the presence of uterine fibroids. Uterine fibroids are benign tumors that develop in the uterus. While some fibroids are as tiny as seeds, they can also grow as large as a melon.
Their location isn’t limited to inside the uterine cavity: fibroids can grow on the outside of the uterus, within the lining of the uterus, and can even attach themselves to the wall of the uterus by a stalk-like growth called a peduncle.
Although not generally considered dangerous, fibroids can cause damage to the bladder and bowel, as well as impact fertility.
What Causes an Enlarged Uterus?
Enlarged uterus causes can vary. You may experience an enlarged uterus as a result of a range of health conditions, including uterine fibroids, pregnancy, adenomyosis, and certain types of cancers involving the reproductive organs.
Large or multiple fibroids are a common cause of an expanding uterus.If the fibroid(s) grow larger within the uterine cavity, they may expand the uterus just like a pregnancy does. If the fibroid(s) grow larger outside into the uterine wall, they may press on surrounding organs.
To determine what is causing your symptoms, we recommend contacting a fibroid specialist for a full evaluation.
Symptoms Of An Enlarged Uterus With Fibroids
Having a swollen uterus is just one of the possible symptoms you may experience if you have fibroids. Every woman’s experience with fibroids is very different. Some women with fibroids may not experience any symptoms; others may struggle with chronic pain or discomfort.
Common fibroid symptoms include:
- Menorrhagia lasting more than 10 days per month
- Severe pelvic pain or cramping
- Anemia caused by heavy bleeding
- Bleeding between menstrual cycles
- Pain during intercourse
- Frequent urination or difficulty emptying the bladder
- Lower back or leg pain
The most common symptom of an enlarged uterus with fibroids is bleeding, including heavy and long periods or bleeding in between periods.
Those who experience an enlarged uterus and fibroids may also notice:
- Weight gain
- A feeling of fullness in the lower abdomen
- A change in the way their clothing fits
Struggling with fibroids is usually associated with physical pain or discomfort, but we often overlook the stress and emotional suffering that fibroid symptoms can cause. An enlarged uterus can affect a woman’s self-confidence, body image, and even love life.
Some of our patients share that they are no longer comfortable wearing certain types of clothing, or are embarrassed to wear a swimsuit. Others confide that they don’t feel confident with their partner during intimacy.
Along with poor body image and low self-esteem, women with fibroids also have to deal with the constant worry and fear of bleeding through clothes in public. Some women state that living with fibroids has caused them to feel as if they had no control over their bodies and that fibroids prevent them from enjoying activities they used to love.
If an enlarged uterus with fibroid symptoms is affecting your career, social life, intimate relationships, or self-esteem, we usually recommend treatment.
Treatment for Enlarged Uterus Caused by Fibroids
If you believe your expanded uterus may be caused by fibroids, we encourage you to talk with a fibroid specialist. At USA Fibroid Centers, our highly experienced specialists can perform an ultrasound or MRI to diagnose your fibroids. Afterwards, we can work with you to create a personalized treatment plan.
Women should be informed about their full range of treatment options, both surgical and non-surgical. Historically, many women have been told that hysterectomy is their only treatment option, however, this is rarely the case.
Explore Your Options with USA Fibroid Centers
We offer a minimally invasive procedure called Uterine Fibroid Embolization, which we consider to be the gold standard for fibroid treatment. By shrinking your fibroids, UFE can alleviate difficult symptoms like heavy bleeding, pelvic pain, and an enlarged uterus without side effects of more invasive procedures.
Uterine Fibroid Embolization offers many benefits over fibroid surgery, including:
- Performed in less than an hour
- No hospitalization
- Less risk
- No stitches or scarring
- Shorter recovery period
- Uterus remains intact
- Fertility can be preserved