It is unknown what causes uterine fibroids although there are certainly risk factors that have been identified. Although many women get these non cancerous growths, most women report having no symptoms or other problems due to having fibroid tumors. Other women may experience various symptoms of uterine fibroids. This article explores whether your sex life can be affected by fibroids.
Fibroids are made up of smooth muscle fibers and connective tissues that grow on the walls of the uterus. Though a rare occurrence, they may also grow out from the uterus to the cervix or even the vagina. Fibroids are characterized by slow growth and vary in shape. While a woman may suffer from just one tumor, it is more common to have several fibroid tumors of various sizes and shapes in the uterus.
Do Fibroids Affect Sex Life?
The first place to look at is by considering the symptoms of uterine fibroids because depending on what symptoms you suffer from or not, your sex life may be affected or not.
Many women with fibroids do not have symptoms and therefore their sex life will be unaffected by fibroid tumors. Women who suffer from symptoms such as pelvic pain and pressure, bloating may first of all not be in the mood for sex and if they do have sex, these symptomatic tumors can cause problems during sex. Pain may also be reported during penetration and these tumors may affect your ability to orgasm.
Interestingly, if you have fibroids but have no symptoms, some studies have shown that sexual satisfaction can actually be heightened. This may be because tumors increase the blood supply in the pelvic region.
Impact of Surgery
While research into how uterine fibroids surgery may impact sex life in ongoing, sexual problems after surgery have been reported by many women.
a. Full or Total Hysterectomy Impact
With a full hysterectomy, the uterus, cervix and upper part of the vagina is removed which shortens the vagina. It also reduces vaginal lubrication and elasticity which can all lead to painful sexual intercourse.
While it may seem that your uterus and cervix have no part in your sex life, they do actually heighten sexual pleasure.
Sexual arousal causes blood to fill your vagina, uterus and pelvic muscles causing the uterus to grow in size and the top of the vagina to swell and lengthen. When you reach orgasm, uterus muscles contract causing a clenching and unclenching motion from the top of the uterus to the cervix. These contractions can be so strong that the intensity of the orgasm is greatly increased.
Surgery that affects the uterus, cervix and top of the vagina such as a full hysterectomy may negatively affect your sex life.
b. Partial Hysterectomy
The body of the uterus is removed while the cervix and the top of the vagina remain intact. While there may be some sexual problems due to the loss of the uterus (and loss of uterine contractions) the problems are not as severe as those resulting from a full hysterectomy since the cervix and top of the vagina remain intact.
c. Myomectomy and UAE
The uterus, cervix and top of the vagina remain intact after these two procedures to remove fibroids so they do not usually impact your sex life compared to a hysterectomy.
A healthy sex life is one of the factors important for general health and well-being. If fibroids interfere with your ability to have a healthy sex life, before you opt for surgery, hormone therapy, medications, etc, you may want to consider fibroid natural treatment methods set forth in the Fibroids Miracle guide that can help you cure and prevent uterine fibroids through the use of natural methods only.