Friday nights are all about fun, freedom, and feeling carefree. When you struggle with uterine fibroids, your Friday night might look a lot different. While some women don’t experience symptoms, other women, like me, may experience painful and challenging symptoms that can interfere with daily life.

So…what exactly are fibroids?

Fibroids are growths in your uterus that can range in size from small seeds to as large as a grapefruit. You might have one single fibroid or multiple fibroids. Any number of fibroids can cause your uterus to enlarge and distort. Luckily, fibroids are noncancerous.

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Symptoms? Let me tell you about symptoms.

Uterine Fibroids

The pelvic pain and pressure associated with fibroids is no cup of tea. Heavy, prolonged menstrual bleeding is enough to make you want to cancel plans and Friday night fun can turn into Friday night fright. Worrying that your heavy bleeding will soak through clothes is a nightmare. Who can relate?

Backaches, leg pains and frequently using the restroom can also be a huge burden on your social life.

What about dating?

Unfortunately, fibroids can affect life in the bedroom in more ways than one. Constantly battling bloating can make it look like you gained weight even if you haven’t. This doesn’t exactly do wonders for the confidence levels! Fibroids can also cause extreme pain during sexual intercourse, which eh hem, is no fun for something that should be enjoyable.

What about options?

If you’re struggling to deal with the strain of uterine fibroids on your social life, you’re not alone. Women across the country are in the same boat and we’re all looking for ways to treat all of the not-so-comfortable symptoms above.

To further understand the causes and potential new treatments for uterine fibroids, physicians at Women’s Health Care Research are conducting clinical studies and are seeking volunteers to evaluate whether an investigational medicine could reduce the amount of heavy menstrual bleeding due to uterine fibroids.  Qualified candidates who participate will receive study-related care at no cost and receive compensation for travel. To learn more and see how you or someone you love may qualify for a study, click HERE.

Uterine Fibroids Research Study