From your early 20s to mid-40s, your career, personal, and social life is popping. For women with uterine fibroids, dealing with the symptoms becomes a part of their daily lives. In this blog, we’ll discuss exactly how fibroid symptoms impact those areas.
Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous growths inside your uterus. The size and number of them can vary, ranging from an apple seed to grapefruit size. Women can also have one fibroid or many. Around 20-80% of women develop them before they are 50. Fueled by hormones like estrogen, they typically disappear completely with menopause. Symptoms include heavy bleeding during the menstrual cycle, enlarged uterus, painful periods, frequent urination, pain during sex, and lower back pain.
Not every woman has severe symptoms, but for those that do, those symptoms can make you irritable and cranky. Symptoms reduce sexual desire, which can be the result of painful sex or the distortion of the abdomen, which can cause self-consciousness.
Substantial menstrual bleeding can be both embarrassing and scary at the same time. Some women describe it as “literally feeling the blood flow out of them.” Not knowing if you are going to leak through the several layers of protection you have on at any moment can leave you canceling plans with loved ones, and not leaving your home.
Heavy bleeding can also take a lot out of those diagnosed. It can run down your performance levels and concentration. Urinary incontinence can make those multiple breaks strain your workload. Painful periods can force you to miss work, and both of these can leave you feeling like you have disappointed those at work, depending on you.
When to Get Help
If your overall quality of life is being affected by uterine fibroids, it’s time to see your doctor. Successful treatment options today can often make symptoms go away. For some women, current options do not produce desired results, so symptoms remain despite trying many remedies. It’s also important to remember that other than a hysterectomy, no therapy can guarantee that new fibroids will not grow.
Clinical research is creating a treatment path for the women whose symptom relief remains out of reach. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with uterine fibroids and is experiencing heavy bleeding, clinical studies may be an option for you. To read more about our enrolling clinical studies for uterine fibroids, click HERE.