Fibroids And Frequent Urination
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. You may even call in sick to work regularly because you fear this issue may have potential repercussions on your career –– but calling in sick so often now has your boss and co-workers upset that you’re never around. Beyond that, it’s just too personal a subject to explain what’s really going on.
Before you know it, frequent urination with fibroids starts to dictate where you can go and what activities you can do, controlling every aspect of your life. At USA Fibroid Centers, we don’t want you to suffer any longer because of fibroids and frequent urination or any other fibroid symptom. Instead, we aim to educate women on their full range of fibroid treatment options –– so please keep reading to learn more.
Can a Fibroid Cause Frequent Urination?
For some women, the unfortunate reality is that fibroids cause frequent urination. Along with heavy bleeding, severe cramps, a swollen abdomen, and low energy, frequent urination with fibroids is a common effect of these benign but bothersome tumors.
However, it is important not to make any assumptions when it comes to your health. If you have fibroids and frequent urination, be sure to contact your doctor to rule out other potential causes of this unpleasant and inconvenient issue. If fibroids are ultimately diagnosed as the issue behind your constant restroom stops, be sure to consult a fibroid specialist to ask about available treatments. No matter the cause, it is important to know that there’s help available.
Can Fibroids Cause Incontinence?
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 and potentially embarrassing situations.
While frequent urination is one potential effect of fibroids, incontinence can also occur. You should be aware that there are two types of incontinence: bladder and bowel. When it comes to fibroid symptoms, we are usually referring to incontinence of the bladder, or fibroids urinary incontinence.
But uterine fibroids also have the potential to impact bowel function, depending on their location and size. This is less common and tends to manifest as constipation rather than bowel incontinence.
Why Do Fibroids Cause Frequent Urination?
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 can cause the uterus to compress the bladder, reducing its capacity to hold enough urine. This, of course, often results in frequent urination. 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, potentially 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. If you have fibroids, we recommend that you keep an eye out for any difficulties emptying your bladder. It’s crucial to track these symptoms, so you can notify a specialist if your condition worsens.
What to Do if Your Frequent Urination or Incontinence Is Caused by Fibroids
It can be difficult to determine if your sudden urge to urinate is from another 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.
While you look into proper diagnosis and potential treatments, it may be helpful to take some steps to reduce your urinary symptoms. You can start by avoiding drinking large quantities of liquid prior to bedtime or before heading away from your home. Also, cutting back on caffeine and alcohol, along with building up your pelvic floor muscles by doing kegel exercises, may help reduce your urinary urges.
But the bottom line is that if your fibroids cause frequent urination or incontinence, the most successful way to fix the problem is to receive specialized fibroid treatment.
Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) Is the Best Treatment for Fibroids
If fibroids are causing your frequent urination, we offer a non-surgical, outpatient treatment that should be able to help. Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) uses a specialized ultrasound technique that helps map the body’s natural pathways and shrinks your fibroids.
During a UFE procedure:
- You will be given local anesthesia and a light sedative
- One of our specialists will numb your upper thigh
- Next, they will inject embolic agents through a tiny catheter into your uterine artery
- This material will block blood flow and nutrients to your fibroids
- Over the next few weeks, your fibroids will wither away and eventually die
The resulting decrease in pressure should allow your bladder 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.
Compared to fibroid surgery, the benefits of UFE also include:
- Less risk
- Less pain
- No general anesthesia
- Takes only 30 to 45 minutes
- No hospital stay
- A short recovery period of one to two weeks
- The uterus remains intact
- Your fertility can be retained
- It is extremely rare for fibroids treated with UFE to regrow
Although many women believe that fibroid surgery –– such as hysterectomy or myomectomy –– is the only available treatment, this isn’t true. A fibroid specialist can help you explore all your options before making any final treatment decisions.
Contact USA Fibroid Centers Today
There is no need to suffer from frequent urination with fibroids any longer. Our interventional radiologists at USA Fibroid Centers are passionate about helping women live their lives to the fullest, without the constant worry of frequent urination. We also believe that women shouldn’t have to decide between continued urinary frequency and undergoing invasive surgery. Fortunately, you don’t need to make that choice.
If you are concerned about the cost of fibroid treatment, we certainly understand. Many women are pleasantly surprised to learn that Uterine Fibroid Embolization is usually covered by most major health insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid. To learn more about the details of your individual plan, please give us a call at 855.615.2555 and ask to speak with one of our insurance specialists.
During the current pandemic, we are following strict precautionary measures at all of our nationwide clinic locations to help avoid the spread of COVID-19. For your added safety and convenience, you may choose to request an initial telemedicine consultation.
Whether you choose to visit us in person or online, contact us today to learn more about uterine fibroids and non-surgical fibroid treatment. You can also take our symptom quiz to figure out if you have uterine fibroids, frequent urination, or other fibroid symptoms.