Pelvic Pain & Pressure

While uterine fibroids can cause a variety of symptoms, they may not cause any symptoms at all. However, the most common symptoms of fibroid disease is pelvic pain and pressure. The short list below outlines some of the most common complaints of women with these symptoms.

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_custom_heading text="Pelvic Discomfort" font_container="tag:h2|font_size:24|text_align:left|color:%2388a6d8" google_fonts="font_family:Arimo%3Aregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal"][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text css_animation="right-to-left"]Women with large fibroids may feel heaviness or pressure in their lower abdomen or pelvis. Often this is described as a vague discomfort rather than a sharp pain. Sometimes, the enlarged uterus makes it difficult to lie face down, bend over or exercise without discomfort.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1422736959102{padding-top: 25px !important;}"][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_custom_heading text="Pelvic Pain" font_container="tag:h2|font_size:24|text_align:left|color:%2388a6d8" google_fonts="font_family:Arimo%3Aregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal"][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text css_animation="left-to-right"]A less common symptom is acute, severe pain. This occurs when a fibroid goes through a process called degeneration. Usually, the pain is localized to a specific spot and improves on its own within two to four weeks. Using a pain reliever, such as ibuprofen, can decrease the pain significantly. However, chronic pelvic pain can also occur. This type of pain is usually mild but persistent and confined to a specific area.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1422736978415{padding-top: 25px !important;}"][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_custom_heading text="Bladder Problems" font_container="tag:h2|font_size:24|text_align:left|color:%2388a6d8" google_fonts="font_family:Arimo%3Aregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal"][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text css_animation="right-to-left"]The most common bladder symptom is needing to urinate frequently. A woman may wake up several times during the night to empty her bladder. Occasionally, women are unable to urinate despite a full bladder.

These symptoms are caused by fibroids pressing against the bladder, reducing its capacity for holding urine or blocking the outflow of urine. Treatment for bladder problems can provide great relief.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1422737008845{padding-top: 25px !important;}"][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_custom_heading text="Low Back Pain" font_container="tag:h2|font_size:24|text_align:left|color:%2388a6d8" google_fonts="font_family:Arimo%3Aregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal"][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text css_animation="left-to-right"]Rarely, fibroids press against the muscles and nerves of the lower back and cause back pain. A large fibroid on the back surface of the uterus is more likely to cause back pain than a small fibroid within the uterine wall. Because back pain is so common, it is important to look for other causes of the pain before attributing it to fibroids.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1422737008845{padding-top: 25px !important;}"][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_custom_heading text="Rectal Pressure" font_container="tag:h2|font_size:24|text_align:left|color:%2388a6d8" google_fonts="font_family:Arimo%3Aregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal"][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text css_animation="left-to-right"]Fibroids also can press against the rectum and cause a sensation of rectal fullness, difficulty having a bowel movement or pain with bowel movements. Sometimes, fibroids can lead to the development of a hemorrhoid.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1422737008845{padding-top: 25px !important;}"][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_custom_heading text="Discomfort or Pain With Sexual Intercourse" font_container="tag:h2|font_size:24|text_align:left|color:%2388a6d8" google_fonts="font_family:Arimo%3Aregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal"][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text css_animation="left-to-right"]Fibroids can make sexual intercourse painful or uncomfortable. The pain may occur only in specific positions or during certain times of the menstrual cycle. Discomfort during intercourse is a significant issue. If your doctor doesn't ask you about this symptom, make sure you mention it.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_single_image image="54" alignment="center" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full" css_animation="left-to-right"][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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