Fibroids in women
If you are noticing some issues when you go to the bathroom, you may have fibroids. Having fibroids are no fun because they can really mess up your bowel movements. Grab a book to read when you go to the bathroom because you may have constipation. Also be prepared to run to the bathroom right away if you have fibroids. Sometimes fibroids make you have to urinate frequently. Having fibroids is almost like running to the bathroom all the time when you are pregnant. Always be near a bathroom if you are suffering from frequent urination.
You know how you can get that bloated feeling when you have your period and it can sometimes be painful? That is the kind of abdominal pain you can get when you have a fibroid. Your belly kind of feels super full. You feel uncomfortable in your abdominal area. Your abdominal area just feels yucky, and all you want to do is settle down on the couch for awhile until you feel better again. That is a sign you might have a fibroid especially if you are not actually having your period.
There is a time when you actually have to be really worried that you have abdominal pain. This is when your pain in your abdomen comes on suddenly. When it feels like a sharp stabbing pain in your abdomen you may have a serious issue. Sometimes a fibroid has a stalk growing out of it. This stalk can become twisted. When this happens it cuts off the blood supply, and you have to have emergency surgery to fix it. That is why if you think you might be suffering from fibroids you should seek medical attention from your doctor right away.
Fibroids can also cause a number of symptoms depending on their size, location within the uterus, and how close they are to adjacent pelvic organs. Large fibroids can cause
· pelvic pain
· pressure on the bladder with frequent or even obstructed urination
· pressure on the rectum with pain during defecation.
If you have uterine fibroids but you have few or no symptoms, you do not need treatment. Instead, your doctor will recommend watchful waiting. This means that you will have regular pelvic exams to check on fibroid growth and symptoms. Talk with your doctor about how often you will need a checkup.
If you are nearing menopause, watchful waiting may be an option for you, depending on how tolerable your symptoms are.