Can Fibroids Put Pressure On The Uterus?

Women are blessed with very intricate inner workings, especially when it comes to their reproductive system. The very same complex combination of organs that give women the ability to conceive and nurture a new life are also the ones that are susceptible to many different health conditions.

Today we are going to look at a condition that can cause multiple uncomfortable symptoms, including a sense of pressure on the uterus.

Why Do I Feel Pressure On My Uterus?

Many women ask themselves this very question. There are a few different common reasons for this feeling.

The first and most common reason a woman would feel pressure on the uterus would be normal symptoms related to their monthly menstrual cycle. Each month, when the uterus is getting ready to shed its lining, the uterus begins to contract, causing cramping and a feeling of pressure in the uterus.

During early pregnancy, a woman’s hormone levels bounce around, which can cause her digestive system to slow down and cause constipation, which can begin to put pressure on the uterus and cause discomfort.

The abnormal growth of uterine lining cells that have migrated to within the walls of the uterus (adenomyosis) or outside of the uterus (endometriosis) can result in uncomfortable pressure on the uterus, pain, and heavy bleeding.

Uterine fibroids are a common reproductive condition that almost 80% of American women will experience before they reach the age of 55. For some women, they are inconsequential because they do not have any symptoms, and many have no idea they even have them. For other women, these benign growths tend to dictate their schedules. Between the heavy bleeding, pain, pressure on the uterus, etc., they find it hard to make plans because they have no idea to what degree they will be incapacitated at that time.

How Can Fibroids Cause Pressure On Your Uterus?

No one knows what causes fibroids or why they decide to form where they do, but scientists have created categories for them according to where they grow. Some grow on the outside of the uterus (subserosal), some on the inside lining of the uterus (submucosal), and others grow within the layer of muscle that lies between (intramural).

Fibroids can be tiny or grow to be massive in size, like the one doctors removed from a woman in Dubai that weighed 10 pounds or the one that weighed in at 61 pounds and was removed from a patient in Singapore. A woman can have a single fibroid growing or multiple in a cluster or spread out in different areas, and she can have more than one type of fibroid at the same time.

Fibroids can get big enough, or sometimes there can be enough of them, that they distort the shape of the uterus and can even stretch it out, similar to what would happen during pregnancy. Some women with fibroids have been mistaken for pregnant women because the fibroids were causing their abdomens to significantly protrude.

If fibroids grow large enough, they can put pressure on your uterus and begin to crowd nearby organs. This crowding can cause other issues, such as the frequent need to urinate due to a large fibroid pressing on the bladder. Some women experience back pain similar to sciatica when their large fibroid puts pressure on a nerve. This situation is often misdiagnosed, and they are unsuccessfully treated for typical back pain, which does not eliminate the large fibroid.

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What Can I Do To Get Rid Of The Pressure On My Uterus?

If you are experiencing pain or pressure in your uterus, you should make an appointment to see your doctor so they can find the root cause. Usually, an OB/GYN will perform an initial ultrasound to non-invasively explore the inside of your uterus and look for abnormalities. If you have a fibroid that is large enough to be causing issues, chances are your doctor will be able to visualize it during this scan. An MRI scan can provide more detail as to the exact location of the fibroid and the reason you are feeling pressure in your uterus.

Getting rid of the fibroid(s) will eliminate the pressure and other bulk symptoms they are causing. An OB/GYN will probably tell you that you need to have surgery, but fibroids can be eliminated through a non-surgical process that is much less invasive. Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is an outpatient procedure that takes about an hour to complete. There is no hospital stay, surgery, or stitches, and after the procedure, you go home with a bandaid on your inner thigh. This procedure cuts off the supply of blood that is keeping the fibroids alive, and they begin to shrink and die. Big fibroids grow smaller and shrivel up, so they no longer cause issues.

UFE works on every type of fibroid, no matter what kind it is or how big or small. It also does not matter where it is located or how far it has grown into the uterine wall. Because this procedure goes after the blood supply and not each individual fibroid, it gets them all at the same time. This procedure is also very effective in treating and stopping the symptoms of adenomyosis.

If you or a loved one are dealing with pressure in your uterus, chronic pain, heavy bleeding that lasts longer than normal during menstruation, or any other symptoms of fibroids that impact your quality of life, contact the Atlanta Fibroid Center today. Our expert doctors have been specially trained in the UFE procedure and have been helping women regain their quality of life for over 25 years. Set up a consultation and find out how UFE can help you eliminate pressure in your uterus and other fibroid-related side effects.

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