Fibroids and Sex
Uterine fibroids can affect more than just your physical well-being. They can also play a role in your emotional relationships and sexual health by causing painful or uncomfortable sex. Although you may be shy about discussing it, uterine fibroids and sex shouldn’t be a taboo topic. After all, fibroids impact 70 to 80% of women by age 50.
Below, we cover basic information about pain after sex due to fibroids. We also discuss a minimally-invasive fibroid treatment that can shrink your fibroids and alleviate painful symptoms.
Sex with Fibroids
Uterine fibroids are common, benign tumors made up of muscle and fibrous tissue. They form on the walls of or within the uterus. Fibroids typically affect women during their childbearing years, but can affect people of all ages.
Common fibroid symptoms can include heavy periods, severe cramps, low energy levels, or painful sex. The severity of symptoms varies based on the number, size, and location of the fibroids: some women don’t experience any symptoms at all, while others find them debilitating.
Fibroids are classified based on location. Common types include:
- Submucosal – These fibroids are located in the center of the uterus along the lining and can cause heavy periods as well as other symptoms.
- Subserosal – Another type of fibroid that can be found on the outer surface of the uterus. These sometimes push on your pelvic nerves and cause pain, increased urination, and trouble sleeping.
- Intramural – Fibroids that develop in the muscle between the submucosal and subserosal regions are called intramural fibroids. They can cause bleeding, pain, or both (depending on how they grow).
Fibroids Causing Pain During Sex
Unfortunately, the reality is that fibroids can cause pain during sex. Along with causing pain, sex with fibroids can be difficult or unappealing due to other issues as well. Here are some ways that uterine fibroids can impact your sex life:
- Pain during sex
- Pelvic pain or intense pressure
- Heavy or painful menstruation
- Negative body image due to protruding belly or abdomen
- Bleeding after sex
Fibroids Causing Uterus Pain, Stomach Pain, and Cramps After Sex
Along with causing sex itself to be uncomfortable, uterine fibroids can also cause pain after sex. This type of pain can manifest in several ways. For instance, some women experience uterus cramps after sex that are similar to menstrual cramps. Others may notice stomach pain after sex or uncomfortable stomach cramps after sex.
If you have fibroids, the bottom line is that sex does not need to be painful. Understanding why fibroids sometimes cause sexual discomfort or painful cramps after sex may help you avoid this issue. We also want you to be aware that a range of effective treatment methods exist that can help alleviate fibroid symptoms.
Why Do Fibroids Cause Pain During and After Sexual Intercourse?
Uterine fibroids located near the cervix are often the underlying cause behind painful sex. Pressure placed on these fibroids during intercourse can cause anything from mild discomfort to severe pain. For some, friction can also be a factor.
Positioning can affect your level of pain during sex with fibroids. It may be helpful to experiment with different sexual positions to see if there is one you might find more comfortable. Keep in mind that communication is key; although it may feel awkward, we encourage you to talk openly with your partner.
If you’ve been diagnosed with fibroids and are experiencing painful sex that is affecting your sex life, personal relationships, and self-esteem, we encourage you to seek treatment from a fibroid specialist. You may be surprised to learn that nonsurgical methods can quickly and effectively improve your symptoms.
How Else Can Fibroids Affect Your Sex Life?
Along with sometimes causing pain, sex with fibroids can cause other issues as well. One potential problem is bleeding afterward, which can be messy and frustrating. For women with fibroids that cause visible abdominal swelling, a negative body image, low self-esteem, and the loss of sexual desire are also common symptoms.
Fibroids can cause heavy or painful periods that may last for days to weeks, interfering with sexual activity. After all, it’s really no surprise that you’re not feeling romantic when you’re constantly dealing with heavy menstrual bleeding, cramps, and other unpleasant symptoms.
Some women with fibroids experience anemia from the loss of blood through menstruation; therefore, any strenuous activity can be exhausting. Along with leading to low energy levels, anemia can also cause dizziness and lightheadedness.
Your desire for sex with fibroids may be affected by your underlying hormones as well. Fibroids can cause an imbalance between your estrogen and progesterone hormones, which can lower libido. A decreased sex drive can have an impact on your mental state and relationships.
How To Treat Fibroids and Stop The Pain
At USA Fibroid Centers, we offer a minimally-invasive fibroid treatment that can shrink your fibroids, alleviate undesirable symptoms like painful sex, and quickly get you back to daily life.
Our specialists perform a state-of-the-art procedure called Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE). UFE is aneffective way to treat your fibroids and relieve pain after sex. In comparison to fibroid surgery, UFE an outpatient treatment that doesn’t require a hospital stay or general anesthesia.
UFE takes only 30 to 45 minutes. After a short recovery period, you can go home the same day to recover in the comfort of your own home. UFE shrinks fibroids by blocking blood flow, allowing them to die on their own. Compared to invasive surgeries, the recovery period of UFE is far shorter. In fact, most women are back to normal activities within one to two weeks.
After UFE, patients can expect less, if any, discomfort or pain during sex.
Contact USA Fibroid Centers Today!
At USA Fibroid Centers, we believe that it is important to visit your doctor to discuss your full range of symptoms and receive an accurate diagnosis. Our fibroid specialists at USA Fibroid Centers aim to educate women on all of their available treatment options –– both surgical and non-surgical.
If you’re not sure if your painful sex is due to uterine fibroids, contact us today for more information or take our online symptom quiz. No matter your symptoms, our experts are here to help you through your fibroid diagnosis, treatment, recovery, and beyond. Together, we can help you rediscover a pain-free, emotionally fulfilling sex life.
If you are hesitant to come in due to pandemic safety concerns, we want you to know that we are following strict precautionary measures at all clinic locations. We also offer telemedicine consultations with our top-rated fibroid specialists. In other words, you can learn all about fibroid treatment from the comfort, convenience and safety of your own home.
Wherever you decide to book your initial visit, we look forward to seeing you there and helping you reclaim your life!