If you are wondering “do uterine fibroids cause pain?” the answer is yes but not in every case. Most women who have fibroids do not report having any symptoms but for some women, they may deal with various symptoms of uterine fibroids including pain. There are many factors which we will look into to determine whether you will experience pain with uterine fibroids.
Whether you experience uterine fibroid pain depends on a few factors and one of the most important factors is the type of fibroid tumor you have. Some of the fibroid tumors that cause pain and pressure in the pelvic area and surrounding areas include the following;
1. Pedunculated fibroids
These types of fibroids look like a big ball on the outside of the uterus and are usually attached to the uterus with the help of a stem or stalk which can make them look like ovarian cysts.
Because of how they look, it can be difficult even with the most high-tech equipment to determine whether they are fibroid tumors or ovarian cysts or even an ovary.
In most cases, a woman with pedunculated fibroid tumors will be unaware that she has this tumor unless there is a complication with this type of fibroid such as if it grows so large that it presses against another surrounding organ which can cause pain.
Uterine fibroid pain and pressure from a pedunculated fibroid usually results from this tumor twisting on its stem which cuts off its blood supply causing severe abdominal pain which can result in a medical emergency.
2. Aborting fibroid
Aborting fibroids result from certain submucosal fibroid tumors which are located in the uterine cavity. Because this type of fibroid is usually located in the uterine cavity where the baby would be if an egg is fertilized, this fibroid can cause cramping and the types of pains that are associated with childbirth.
With this type of fibroid, the uterus may cramp because it is trying to “deliver” the fibroid tumor like it would if a baby was in the womb. This is known as an aborting submucous myoma and the fibroid usually gets “delivered” through the cervix and vagina. In addition to severe pain and cramps, this situation can cause heavy bleeding to the point of needing medical treatment.
3. Subserosal fibroids
This type of fibroid tumor grows on the outer wall of the uterus and is generally associated with heavy menstrual bleeding. If you have this type of fibroid tumor, menstrual periods usually trigger the worsening of all types of uterine fibroids including pain and pressure.
This type of fibroid tumor can not only trigger pelvic pain and pressure but it can also cause pain during intercourse. Subserous fibroids are also the worst at affecting the surrounding organs such as the bladder and bowels causing problems urinating and constipation respectively when they grow to large sizes.
They can also press upon the nerves in the lower back causing back pain as well as sharp pains shooting into the upper thighs.
4. Intramural fibroids
This is located within the uterine walls and whether it causes pain or not and the type of pain depends on which direction it grows. If it grows in the direction of the outside of the uterus (like subserosal fibroids) it can cause symptoms similar to subserosal fibroids. If it grows towards the inside wall of the uterus (like the submucosal fibroids) it can cause symptoms similar to submucosal fibroids.
Do uterine fibroids cause pain? Based on the above, definitely, unless you are one of the fortunate women who have fibroids but do not experience any symptoms. And just because you do not experience symptoms of uterine fibroids does not mean that you will not have symptoms tomorrow. It is also important to remember that pain and pressure is usually a result of a complication with the fibroid tumor. Fibroids are just so unpredictable.
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