Frequent urination isn’t something women are eager to talk about even with family, but it makes their life really frustrating. Many people think that it starts happening with natural aging, but another common reason for it in women is uterine fibroids.
Frequent Urination: When Enough Is Enough
Women after 40 y.o. often experience frequent urination. While it’s a common problem, it doesn’t make it less annoying. Their daily routines depend on easy and quick access to the bathroom. Women can barely focus on anything because of numerous urges interrupting life.
The same situation happens at night making a woman wake up multiple times to urinate. It clearly interferes with getting a refreshing and healthy night’s sleep.
Many women might not know the true reason for this problem and deal with this condition for years, trying to accept the fact of its existence or searching for tips online that can help deal with the problem, but not its cause.
Uterine Fibroids and Frequent Urination
Although there is a number of conditions causing frequent urination in women, we are here to talk about its connection to uterine fibroids.
Let’s start with the basics. Uterine fibroids are benign tumors that grow inside or outside of the uterine wall. Their location defines 3 different types of fibroids (submucosal, intramural, and subserosal – see an image below). Their size varies from a tiny seed up to a large melon.
The origin of fibroids as well as the factors influencing their development are still under-researched. However, the good news is that we know how to efficiently treat them without surgery, with the Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) procedure.
If fibroids are present in the body, it doesn’t necessarily mean that a woman feels pain. In some cases, there are no symptoms, and fibroids will stay untreated. However, if you experience heavy periods, pelvic pain or frequent urination, it’s time to visit an expert. With an ultrasound or a pelvic MRI (the gold standard of evaluating uterine fibroids), your doctor will be able to diagnose the condition.
Fibroids and Your Bladder
One of the organs that can be affected by growing uterine fibroids is the bladder. The uterus lies directly behind the bladder and is partially attached to it. Therefore, fibroids that are located in the front of the uterus (particularly subserosal ones) will compress the adjacent bladder. Since large uterine fibroids can create pressure on the bladder reducing its volume, urination becomes more frequent as the bladder cannot fill anywhere near its capacity. In some cases, incontinence occurs due to the significant increase in pressure created on the bladder by the adjacent fibroid (or enlarged fibroid – filled uterus).
Incontinence is the leakage of urine caused by a loss of control of the bladder. With the sudden contraction of abdominal muscles caused by laughing, coughing, or sneezing, the fibroids might move a bit and push the bladder stimulating incontinence.
As you can imagine, having increased urinary frequency and waking up multiple times at night (with or without incontinence) can stress you out. No one should have to live their life like this. If frequent urination and incontinence are the results of uterine fibroids in your body, look into the UFE procedure. After UFE, you will no longer have to worry about this inconvenience and distraction and enjoy your life again.
Reminder: UFE Is Here to Help You
Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is a nonsurgical, outpatient fibroid treatment. The procedure is done by an experienced Interventional Radiologist, an expert who treats the fibroids by cutting off the blood flow to the fibroids and causing their death.
The procedure is minimally invasive and requires you to stay in the Center for just a few hours. All patients are discharged on the same day. Compared to surgery, the recovery following UFE is much shorter, and normally, a woman returns to normal life within a week.
At Atlanta Fibroid Center we do our best to spread awareness among women about the nature of uterine fibroids and available treatment options. We often see women diagnosed with uterine fibroids, who are offered only surgical treatments, such as a hysterectomy or a myomectomy. It’s important to ask for a second opinion and understand all your treatment options, including the nonsurgical method called UFE.
If you have fibroids and experience frequent urination and waking up multiple times to urinate, schedule an appointment with Dr. John Lipman, one of the world’s leading experts in the nonsurgical treatment of uterine fibroids. Call Atlanta Fibroid Center today at 770-953-2600 or book an appointment online at ATLii.com