Can Fibroids Cause Pain?

Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths in the uterus that can develop during a woman’s childbearing years. Uterine fibroids affect 20-40% of women by the time they are in their 40s; African-American women are more likely to develop fibroids, and the tumors can set in earlier in life.CALL 770-953-2600Whether a fibroid is painful depends on the location, size, and number of fibroids (there may be more than one); pain intensity can also vary. Here are some reasons why women with fibroids may experience pain:

  • Sometimes fibroid tissue breaks down (myoma begins to die). As the fibroid degenerates, it can cause pelvic pain.
  • Fibroids are attached to the uterine cavity by a stalk. If stalks twist and fibroids’ blood supply is damaged, it can cause pain.
  • If fibroids are outside the uterus, they can press on the bladder, rectum or spinal nerves; it can cause pain (including back pain).
  • Fibroids inside your uterine walls can change the shape of your uterus causing pressure and pain.

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If You Are Suffering from Fibroid Pain

If you are suffering from fibroid pain, your doctor may suggest anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen. If you do not find relief, hormone therapy (like birth control pills, IUD, etc.) may help. But none of these methods eliminate fibroids, they only address the symptoms.

Other treatment options include UFE (uterine fibroid embolization) or surgery (a myomectomy or a hysterectomy).

Choosing the best way for you to treat fibroids is not easy. A lot depends on your individual circumstances and needs. You want to have accurate information about your options to make the right choice. That’s why it’s important to speak to both, your OB/GYN AND an experienced interventional radiologist like Dr. Lipman, to understand what will work for you.

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