Uterine Fibroids Pain
A common side effect of uterine fibroids is pain. While some women don’t have any problems, others can experience chronic abdominal pain from uterine fibroids making it difficult to move or perform normal tasks. Many of our patients have told us that pelvic pain or intense cramping has prevented them from going to work, exercising, or participating in activities with friends or family.
Fibroids and Pain
Symptoms of uterine fibroids vary from woman to woman. Some don’t have any symptoms, while others have chronic pain that impacts their daily life. Some women experience pain as soon as their fibroids develop, and some women experience pain or pressure on and off for months. The intensity and frequency of pain also differs for each woman. For those who do experience symptoms, fibroid pain can even lead to depression or a loss of self-confidence.
The common symptoms of uterine fibroids include:
- Pelvic pain
- Painful and heavy menstruation
- Pain during intercourse
- Lower back or leg pain
- Abdominal swelling and bloating
- Urinary urgency or difficulty emptying the bladder
Pelvic pain and discomfort from uterine fibroids occur most often in women with larger fibroids. You may feel a heaviness or pressure in your lower abdomen or stomach that’s more of a discomfort than pain. Or your uterus could enlarge, and your abdominal pain will make it difficult to bend over or exercise. Although it’s less common, you could experience acute, severe pelvic pain when a fibroid degenerates.
Many women may think their pain and discomfort is normal.
Unlike menstrual cramps, fibroid pain can become debilitating over time. Some women experience sharp, intense pain, while others may only feel a chronic, dull aching. If your pain has become unbearable, or has started to interfere with daily life, it’s a good idea to get checked for uterine fibroids.
Fibroid Pain Treatment
The great news is you don’t need to live with your fibroids and pain forever. At USA Fibroid Centers, we take a different approach to fibroid pain treatment with a non-surgical option called Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE). UFE is an outpatient procedure where you get a light sedative to help you relax. This fibroid pain treatment won’t leave a scar, and you can return to normal activities within five to seven days. In total, the procedure only takes around 30-45 minutes.
UFE is the fibroid pain treatment you need to get your life back. During UFE, our medical staff uses an advanced ultrasound to find your fibroids. They numb your upper thigh and put a tiny catheter through a small incision. The catheter then goes through the artery that the fibroid gets its blood supply from. Embolic agents flow through the catheter and cut off that blood supply, causing the fibroid to shrink. The incision is so small that you won’t even need stitches.