What Does Fibroid Degeneration Feel Like?

what does fibroid degeneration feel likeBefore we answer the question “what does fibroid degeneration feel like?” it is important to understand a little bit about uterine fibroids which will affect most women during their lifetime although most will never know that they have them because they produce no symptoms. If they do produce symptoms, these will include pain and pressure in the pelvic region, infertility, heavy bleeding, constipation, etc. Sometimes the severe pain that comes with fibroids is associated with fibroid degeneration.

While the cause of myoma or uterine fibroids is unknown, it is believed that the female hormone estrogen is to blame especially if you have excessive amounts of estrogen in your body (estrogen dominance).

There are many ways to deal with fibroids including surgery although many women usually turn to natural remedies many of which are included in this guide which can help to prevent a state of estrogen dominance in order to shrink and prevent fibroids from developing.

What is fibroid degeneration?

As mentioned previously, most women will not know that they have fibroids because they produce no symptoms and these fibroid tumors may remain symptom free or even degenerate on their own without the woman being the wiser about what is going on in her body. Degeneration is also known as necrosis (tissue death).

When fibroid degeneration is mentioned, it usually represents a fibroid tumor that collapses on itself and either hardens or liquefies. This usually occurs because this benign tumor has outgrown its blood supply causing it to shrivel up and die which is also known as fibroid degeneration.

A robust blood supply is important because it supplies oxygen to the fibroid tumors and just like all living tissue, fibroid tumors need oxygen in order to grow and thrive. This is why one of the non invasive ways to treat fibroids is to not necessarily remove the fibroids through surgery (hysterectomy, myomectomy, etc), but rather to inject a “plug” into the main blood vessel that is connected to the fibroid in order to cut off the blood supply to the fibroid tumor (uterine artery embolization or uterine fibroid embolization procedures) which helps it to degenerate over time the longer it is deprived of oxygen.

Fibroid degeneration can also be due to low estrogen levels since fibroids seem to thrive in an estrogen dominant environment. Low estrogen levels are usually common during menopause.

What does fibroid degeneration feel like?

When fibroids degenerate, some women may feel nothing. Others may have some pain or fever and others still may experience severe pain that is comparable to uterine cramps but which is a bit more severe.

No matter how severe the pain is, it is not life threatening but you may need to go to the emergency room but severe pain should not last beyond 24 hours so if you can wait it out, you may not need to go to the emergency room which will prevent you from making decisions that you may later regret such as getting a hysterectomy. Once the degeneration is complete, any pain or fever usually goes away.

You may also bleed more during the fibroid degeneration if you are on your period during the degeneration, feel tenderness in your pelvic region, pass clots, etc.

How long does fibroid degeneration last?

This also varies from one woman to another. Fibroid degeneration can last for a day or two or several days but it should not last for weeks or months.

Where does the fibroid go?

Sometimes the tissue gradually disappears as it is reabsorbed into the body but in most cases, it acts in the same way dead or decomposed things act which is that they remain where they are but are not alive which means that they cause no problems.

When do fibroids degenerate?

They can degenerate at any time whenever the fibroid tumor is deprived of oxygen which can be during perimenopause, menopause and even during pregnancy (known as red degeneration). Red degeneration is a common complication associated with fibroids during pregnancy.

Red degeneration usually begins around 20 weeks and the pain can vary from no pain to severe pain around the fibroid as well as the lower back. There may also experience some light bleeding as well as a mild fever, vomiting and nausea.

When the degeneration is severe in pregnant women, it can cause hemorrhage, preterm labor, etc, although these occurrences are usually rare. Approved pain medication and bed rest is usually recommended for red degeneration. Red degeneration will not harm the fetus.

The above should hopefully answer the question “what does fibroid degeneration feel like?” as well as other questions about fibroid degeneration.

One of the best ways to help shrink fibroids naturally which may also lead to fibroid degeneration is by balancing your hormones and preventing a state of estrogen dominance.

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16 Replies to “What Does Fibroid Degeneration Feel Like?”

  1. I began a fibroid shrinking regimen about a month and a half ago and the first menses was the most cramping and bleeding I have ever experienced. NSAIDS took care of it. My question is: is this likely degradation? The fibroids range from 2-9cm. The regimen is no soy, caffeine. limited dairy and alcohol. And some herbs and supplements (DIM, dong quai, red raspberry, black cohosh, echinacea, protease enzymes). Before starting the regimen i did not have cramps between periods….this time i am experiencing mild cramps/bloating a week after period has ended. I know I can see my physician if serious symptoms arise…just curious if this is a positive sign of shrinkage.

    1. Sorry for the late reply. It’s great that you are taking steps to implement a fibroid healing regimen but it will be hard to tell whether what you are experiencing is fibroid degradation. You may probably have a better idea after about six months or so on the regimen but while I love herbs and talk about them a lot on this site, I’m wondering whether you are using too many and whether they are having a negative effect on your hormones (because they contain natural estrogen). I usually recommend choosing one or two herbs to use on a fibroid healing regimen because too much of a good thing may be counterproductive. Can you try using red raspberry only for a while? It’s particularly great for controlling cramps and heavy bleeding. Or pick one or two of the other herbs on your regimen and use those. The other changes to your lifestyle sound great.

  2. I had UFE for 2 small fibroids on 2/21/17. I spotted for a week after. I have been bleeding and passing clots ever since. Dr prescribed Lysteda which I took for 5 days and resumed the bleeding shortly after completing. I don’t mind having a period, but 5 weeks of bleeding is too much, Any thoughts?

    1. 5 weeks of bleeding is not only too much but prolonged loss of blood can be dangerous. It sounds like you are dealing with a complication of UFE which I discussed briefly in this http://fibroidnaturaltreatment.com/uterine-artery-embolization-as-a-uterine-fibroids-treatment-method/. What does your doctor say? I’m really concerned for you. There are some herbs on this site that I recommend for dealing with heavy bleeding (look under the “Heavy Bleeding” category) but it sounds like there is a root cause which resulted from the procedure that needs to be dealt with first.

  3. I have been diagnosed with multiple fibroids. I have prolonged bleeding with my periods which can continue up to 3 to 5 months non stop. Then a 1 week respite and the next periods start again. I get a lot of huge clots as well. The bleeding can be heavy with clots on many days but not everyday. I take beetroot and carrot juice for iron and cod liver oil for vitamin A as well as vitamin c and multivitamin. And milk thistle to cleanse the liver. Is there any other supplement I should be taking?

  4. It hurts to sit, bend at the waist, standing too long aggravates the pain. Sometimes when I move a certain way it feels like my back is literally going to break. The pain is a raw, hot ache with intermittent stabbing pains when I move wrong. It’s mostly on my right side and all the way through to my lower back. It kinda feels like I have something in there that shouldn’t be there and sometimes it feels like my insides have been shredded. I have been diagnosed with fibroids and ovarian cyst. Can anyone else relate to these symptoms?

    1. Yes I can relate to your symptoms. I have all the same symptoms you have. I was diagnosed with large fibroids and was put on lupron 11.25 mg, I’m aching in my back, legs,ect. Hoping that these fibroids are regenerating. I was put on this medication to shrink fibroids before going into surgery.

  5. I have large fibroids, when i gave birth to my son june, my fibroids were 28 by 22cm, i have been on pain since my pregnancy, my doctor was telling me the fibroid is degenerating… im currently breastfeeding but scheduled to do an operation early september…im so scared, what could be the dangers of removing such a huge fibroid?

  6. I had a degenerating fibroid when I was pregnant and I find it insulting that this and other blogs compare the pain to cramps. When a medical professional describes pain as acute and severe, that is NOT equivalent to cramps! It also lasts longer than 24 hours. Try an average of 4-7 days. I needed morphine for the pain and to stop the contractions the degeneration was causing. I’ve read that other women who experienced degeneration were prescribed strong pain meds. Degeneration hurt worse than my labor pains.

    1. Thanks for sharing your experience but as this article and many others on this blog and I’m sure many other blogs state, everyone will not have the same experience. While yours felt worse than labor pains, other women may not have felt anything at all or it felt like cramps. Every experience including yours is valid. This is general information but of course as with everything in life, many experiences will not follow the set script. The article did state that while “in general” they last about 24 hours, the degeneration can last for several days…

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