Fibroids and Painful Intercourse
Uterine fibroids can affect more than just your physical well-being. They can play a role in your emotional relationships and sexual health by causing painful intercourse. Uterine fibroids and sex shouldn’t be a taboo topic since it impacts a large subset of women between age 30 and 50. Here’s what you need to know about sex with fibroids and how to tell if you need to seek treatment.
What Are Fibroids?
Fibroids are tumors made up of muscle and fibrous tissue that feel firm to the touch. They’re benign and form on the walls of the uterus. Fibroids typically affect women during their childbearing years and can carry a whole host of symptoms depending on their size and type.
The common fibroid types include:
- Submucosal – Fibroids located in the center of the uterus along the lining. These cause heavy periods.
- Subserosal – Fibroids on the outer surface of the uterus. These push on your pelvic nerves and cause pain, increased urination, and trouble sleeping.
- Intramural – Fibroids in the muscle between the submucosal and subserosal regions. They cause bleeding, pain, or both depending on how they grow.
How Can Uterine Fibroids Affect Your Sex Life?
Sex with fibroids can be difficult, especially if your fibroids are located near your cervix. Here’s how uterine fibroids 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
First, fibroids can trigger pain during sex in certain positions or cause bleeding afterward. For women with fibroids that enlarge the uterus or stomach, it may result in a negative body image and the loss of desire for sex. Fibroids can also cause heavy or painful periods that can last for days to weeks and are an impediment to sex. Finally, some women experience anemia from the loss of blood through menstruation; therefore, any strenuous activity can be exhausting. Anemia can also cause a woman to feel dizzy and lightheaded.
Sex with fibroids isn’t just about pain. 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. It’s best to have a conversation beforehand about the temporary nature of this fibroid symptom.
Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is a quick, easy, and effective way to treat your fibroids. UFE isn’t like other surgical procedures; it’s an outpatient procedure that doesn’t require a hospital stay or general anesthesia. You’ll be in our office for only 30-45 minutes, and go home after to recover in the comfort of your own home. Compared to invasive surgeries, the recovery period of UFE is far shorter. UFE shrinks fibroids by blocking blood flow, allowing them to starve and die on their own. After UFE, patients can expect less discomfort and pain during sex.
Contact USA Fibroid Centers
We want you to know that you’re not alone.
If you’ve noticed pain during sex, it could be due to fibroids. UFE is an effective treatment for uterine fibroids. If you’re not sure if your symptoms are from uterine fibroids, contact us today for more information. Or take our symptom quiz to check.