Why Do I Feel Discomfort In My Uterus?

Keeping up with your health as a woman can be overwhelming at times. There are so many complex functions with intricate under-workings involved with the female reproductive system alone that it is hard to know if everything is working as it should be.

As we transition into womanhood, begin our menstruation cycles, and undergo various hormonal changes, many of us have limited knowledge of what to expect or what “normal” looks like for these events. After all, many have nothing to compare it against, and before Google existed, the only source of information was to rely on others to clue us in. It is normal to experience a certain amount of discomfort in the uterus during menstruation, but how do you know if what you feel qualifies as “normal”?

Today we are going to talk about some conditions that can create discomfort in the uterus or surrounding area and when you should seek treatment from a doctor.

What Can Cause Pelvic Pain Or Discomfort In The Uterus?

The female reproductive system is very intricate and is susceptible to many different conditions that can cause pain or discomfort in the uterus. Some discomfort can be normal, but often there is something deeper going on that may be alleviated with proper medical treatment. Conditions that can lead to pelvic pain or uterine discomfort include:

Your Menstrual Cycle
We are often told as young girls that having cramps or pain during your period is normal, but this statement does not define this “pain or these cramps” and nobody ever describes what “normal” should feel like.

Many women suffer for years with pain, cramping, and other symptoms like heavy bleeding, believing these are normal when they are not. Severe pain is not normal, and if your discomfort is not significantly relieved with menstrual pain medication or you are unable to work or go about your daily routine, you should make an appointment with your doctor.

Do not dismiss severe discomfort in the uterus as being normal because it is often an indicator of a more complicated issue. You should not need to plan your work or social schedule around your menstrual cycle because pain and heavy bleeding leave you incapacitated. Make an appointment with your OB/GYN to find out what is going on.

PID
Pelvic inflammatory disease is caused by an infection that attacks female reproductive organs like the uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes. If it is not treated in a timely fashion, it may result in permanent, long-term damage and may cause infertility. Sometimes there are no symptoms, and in other cases, it can cause fever, chronic pelvic pain, discomfort in the uterus, foul discharge, abnormal vaginal bleeding, painful sex, etc.
Endometriosis
This is a condition where endometrial cells that normally grow on the inside lining of the uterus (the ones that shed and bleed during your period) go rogue and begin developing in areas outside of the uterus. They can surround vital organs and nerves, causing pain and pressure when they begin to build up to prepare for the menstrual cycle, like the normal uterine lining. When the uterus sheds its lining, these cells also begin to bleed, but since they are outside of their normal uterine home, the debris has no way out. This results in inflammation, scarring, and chronic pain.
Adenomyosis
Similar to endometriosis, the same abnormal cells go off the grid and begin to grow within the muscular walls of the uterus. They too will build up and then attempt to shed like the normal lining of the uterus, but since they are trapped within the uterine walls, they only cause pain, bloating, and discomfort in the uterus. Adenomyosis also causes the uterus to become enlarged as it thickens up the uterine walls.
Uterine Fibroids
Fibroids are unexplained benign tumors that grow inside and on the uterus. They can be virtually any size, and women can have one fibroid or several, and they can be spread out or clumped together. These tumors can cause a host of problematic symptoms affecting a woman’s quality of life, or they can be asymptomatic. Some women feel discomfort in the uterus accompanied by bloating, but fibroids can also cause very heavy bleeding, chronic pelvic pain, stab-like pains in the lower back or down the legs, frequent urination, infertility, anemia, and more.
Bladder And Bowels
A urinary tract infection can be the underlying culprit for pelvic pain, lower abdominal pain, or what may feel like discomfort in the uterus since it is in close proximity. There may be a burning sensation that occurs when urinating, and the feeling of urgency to urinate will not subside. Sometimes, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can cause inflammation and discomfort in your lower abdomen and pelvic region.
Muscles
Sometimes the muscles in the pelvic region can spasm or cramp, causing pain and discomfort in this area. Depending on the muscle affected, it may feel like the discomfort originates in the uterus. Sometimes performing certain types of exercises, such as ones that concentrate on core strength, can pull or stretch muscles to the point that they cause stabbing pain or dull aches. Stretching or pelvic floor therapy can often help alleviate this type of pelvic pain.
Uterine Fibroid Embolization in Atlanta, GA

When Should You Seek Help With Discomfort In The Uterus?

Unfortunately, many women are hesitant to seek help for reproductive-related issues because they are embarrassed or believe what is happening to them is normal. When they do finally go see a medical professional, their pain and concerns are often dismissed too quickly, and they find no resolution. They leave with no answers and feel weak because their pain was trivialized by the medical professional and perhaps even other women in their family.

If you are experiencing chronic pelvic pain, discomfort in the uterus, heavy bleeding, or other symptoms that are impeding your career or social life, it is time to get some help. You need to be an advocate for yourself and ask ALL the questions until you get some answers. Many women’s reproductive health issues have similar symptoms, so do your own research, and if your symptoms align with something you find, ask your doctor to check it out to at least eliminate it as a possibility.

Contact The Atlanta Fibroid Center For Help

If you discover the discomfort in your uterus is due to fibroids or adenomyosis, you may be a great candidate for uterine artery embolization (UAE), also called uterine fibroid embolization (UFE). This outpatient procedure does not involve surgery and is between 80% and 90% effective in eliminating symptoms caused by these two conditions.

At the Atlanta Fibroid Center, we meet many patients who are unaware that UAE exists or that they have any other options besides surgery to treat their fibroids or adenomyosis. In fact, many have been told that the only way they will find relief is with a hysterectomy. Before you choose a treatment, make sure you know all your available options and get a second opinion or a third if you feel it is warranted. We would love to help you enjoy life again without sacrificing your uterus. Contact us today to learn more and see if UFE can help eliminate discomfort in the uterus and other painful symptoms caused by adenomyosis and fibroids.

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