Bleeding and mild discomfort is a normal part of a woman’s monthly reality. For those with uterine fibroids, the bleeding and pain can become magnified along with a myriad of other symptoms. Many diagnosed face a constant juggling act between life’s responsibilities and their fibroid symptoms.
More than a “Bad Period”
Uterine fibroids develop from the muscle tissue inside the uterus. These non-cancerous growths can vary in size, number, and growth rate. Growths can be found in the uterine wall, attached to the wall, or on the outer surface. They can occur at any age, but 30-50 are the ages most common. African American women are more often affected than any other race.
Uterine fibroid symptoms include:
- Longer, heavier periods
- Pain in your belly or lower back
- Pain during sex
- Bleeding between periods
- Constipation, rectal pain, painful bowel movements
- Enlarged uterus and abdomen
In more severe cases, women can experience fertility and pregnancy issues. However, many women with fibroids never experience any symptoms. They may not be aware that they have them until they have a routine pelvic exam.
Relief for Most
While current treatment options for uterine fibroids help alleviate many symptoms, only one can stop new fibroids from growing: a hysterectomy. Birth control and other hormonal therapies can help with heavy bleeding and painful periods.
Finding a treatment plan that works can take some time, and not all women can tolerate certain medications and hormones. There are some things that you can do at home to help manage in the meantime. Regular exercise, a healthy diet, reducing stress, and ensuring you get enough sleep at night are helpful habits that contribute to overall health.
Has successful treatment remained out of grasp for you? Are you interested in alternative treatment options? Dr. Rovena Reagan and her team are currently seeking females to take part in clinical trials evaluating alternative options for the heavy bleeding associated with uterine fibroids. To learn more about our currently enrolling studies, click HERE. Qualified participants receive compensation for time and travel.