You’re out with your friends at lunch and suddenly have the urge to urinate causing you to race towards the restroom just in time. You get back to the table and start visiting again, pushing the sudden urge out of your mind because you think it was just a weird occurrence. You take a bite out of your delicious food and then all of a sudden, you get the same urge only more intense than the last. You again race to the bathroom, but this time, you couldn’t hold it long enough.
For some women, this is a daily struggle that prevents them from living in the moment. When you’re constantly worried about reaching the bathroom in time and planning your activities around being close to a restroom, staying home and canceling plans becomes easiest. Before you know it, fibroid symptoms start to dictate where you can go and what activities you can do, controlling every aspect of your life.
Why do fibroids cause frequent urination?
Depending on the size and location, fibroids can put pressure on surrounding organs. If fibroids begin to grow larger, or if there are numerous tumors, they may expand the uterus. This causes the uterus to compress the bladder, reducing its capacity to hold enough urine. All types of fibroids can grow large enough to put pressure on other organs; however, subserosal fibroids that grow on the outside lining of the uterus may protrude into other organs causing immense pressure on the nearby bladder.
In some instances, fibroids can also cause urinary retention. Due to the size of the uterus, the ureter, which allows urine to pass from the kidneys to the bladder, may become blocked. If the ureter becomes partially blocked, urine is not able to successfully flow. If the fibroids cause the bladder’s exit to be completely pinched off, surgical procedures may need to help open the ureter. It’s crucial to track these symptoms, so you can notify a specialist if your condition worsens.
Incontinence vs. Frequent Urination from Fibroids
Urinary incontinence, which is the loss of bladder control, is a common issue affecting primarily women and people who are at an older age. The severity of incontinence can range from occasional, small leakage to an urge to urinate strong enough to cause distress.
It can be difficult to determine if your sudden urge to urinate is from an incontinent issue or uterine fibroids. If you’re having difficulty reaching the restroom in time, planning your life around being close to a bathroom, or are being interrupted by the need to urinate, it’s important to consult a doctor immediately. Interventional radiologists use ultrasounds and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology to determine the cause of your urinary urgency.
Treatment for Frequent Urination
If fibroids are causing your frequent urination, there are non-surgical, outpatient treatment options available. Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) uses the body’s natural pathways to navigate to the fibroid. The blood supply is cut off by blocking the artery with tiny, embolic agents administered through a catheter. After a few weeks following the procedure, the fibroids naturally starve and begin to shrink, consequently alleviating symptoms. Once the fibroids die, they are reabsorbed by the body. This decrease in pressure allows both the organs and uterus to return to their normal size and regular functions. Due to the fact that our fibroid specialists utilize minimally invasive techniques, there is a little discomfort, limited to no scarring, no need for stitches or general anesthesia, and you are able to return to the comfort of your own home the same day.
Contact USA Fibroid Centers Today
Interventional radiologists at USA Fibroid Centers are passionate about helping women live life without the constant worry of frequent urination. We believe that women shouldn’t have to decide between continued urinary frequency and undergoing invasive surgery.
Contact us today to learn more about uterine fibroids and non-surgical fibroid treatment, or take our symptom quiz to figure out if you have incontinence or frequent urination due to uterine fibroids.