Before 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.
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.
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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