The symptoms and causes of fibroid pain can vary for individuals based on a multitude of factors including age, size, type of fibroids, and more. Learn more about what this could mean about your health below!
Symptoms of fibroids
While the severity of symptoms for fibroid pain may vary, some common symptoms include heavy/long bleeding during periods, pelvic pain or lower back pain, frequent urination, constipation, and pain during sex. If your symptoms are preventing you from carrying out your daily life normally, it may be wise to seek treatment.
Potential causes of fibroid pain
While the actual causes of fibroids are unknown, there are several factors that could put you at more risk for developing them. Obesity, a family history of fibroids, getting your period early, not having children, or experiencing menopause late could make you more likely to develop fibroids throughout your life.
If your fibroids grow over time, you may be more likely to experience discomfort, cramps, or pelvic pain as well.
An excess of estrogen and progesterone, which often results in hormonal imbalance, can also increase your chances of developing fibroids as those with the condition often have higher levels of these hormones in their body.
How fibroids can be diagnosed
Sometimes, fibroids can be physically felt and diagnosed through a pelvic exam from your gynecologist. An ultrasound is also a common option that can create an image of your internal organs to look for the presence of fibroids. If an ultrasound doesn’t provide conclusive results, your doctor may recommend getting a hysteroscopy or MRI as well.