Can Uterine Fibroids Cause Anemia?
Because uterine fibroids frequently cause heavy menstrual bleeding and prolonged periods, women with myomas are at a greater risk of becoming iron deficient or anemic. An iron deficiency interferes with many important bodily functions.
Severe anemia leads to a deterioration in the functioning of vital organs, which often requires special long-term rehabilitation treatment. Anemia leads to chronic fatigue, a decrease in immunity, and a deterioration in a woman’s appearance (brittle nails, hair loss, and pale skin color, etc.).
If left untreated, iron deficiency anemia can lead to congestive heart failure, angina, arrhythmia or heart attack.
Heavy menstruation with uterine fibroids, repeated for many months, leads to the development of chronic anemia, which may require serious treatment and, in some cases, even a blood transfusion.
Can Fibroids Cause Anemia? Common Symptoms of Anemia
Not all types of fibroid nodes cause heavy periods. Such a state is caused by nodes located in the uterine wall and growing in the uterine cavity, deforming it. The nodes growing outward, that is, towards the abdominal cavity, can be large and not lead to a change in the volume and duration of menstruation. Such (external) nodes can be completely asymptomatic.
Anemia is observed in more than 50% of women with heavy periods. You may have anemia if you observe the following symptoms:
- Pale skin
- A fast or irregular heartbeat
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Cognitive problems
- Cold hands and feet
With prolonged periods, the prevention of deficiency anemia is a varied diet, including fruits (especially pomegranate), vegetables and herbs.
Proper nutrition allows you to replenish iron reserves in the body daily. However, it only makes up for the normal daily loss.
To recover the amount of lost iron for a day of a difficult period with uterine fibroids, you would have to eat more than 100 fresh pomegranates! So a diet is just a good way to maintain a normal iron level in a healthy body.
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If your fibroids are small it doesn’t mean that they can’t lead to anemia. Even small fibroids can cause heavy bleeding.
To treat anemia, your doctor must address the underlying cause, which means that fibroids must be thoroughly removed.
While there are surgical options to remove fibroids, the UFE (uterine fibroid embolization) procedure is much safer than surgery and allows women the relief of anemia and other symptoms, spares them from the risks and long recovery of surgery, and allows them to keep their uterus.
Advantages of uterine fibroid embolization:
1. This is a safe and minimally invasive treatment method that does not require anesthesia;
2. The procedure is highly effective in more than 98.5% of cases;
3. There is an immediate improvement in symptoms after the procedure;
4. UFE is not surgery, it takes 30-40 minutes;
5. There is a very low probability of any complications;
6. The uterus is not removed;
7. A woman can plan a pregnancy three months after the procedure.
If you suffer from fibroids and anemia, seek professional help, call Atlanta Fibroid Center at 770-214-4600 or make an appointment online to learn more about UFE.