Fibroids and Pelvic Pain
Numerous conditions can cause pelvic pain. Endometriosis adhesions, infection, back disease could all be the source of pelvic discomfort. A trained physician should recognize subtle differences which may signal another problem. This is why it’s vital to have regular checkups and a good working relationship with your doctor.
Fibroid pain may be mild or extreme, constant or just occasional. It can flare up during sexual intercourse, bowel movements, exercise, or your period. Pain often radiates down the leg. Discomfort may also result when a fibroid-enlarged uterus puts pressure on adjacent organs, such as the bladder or bowel. A specific type of fibroid, called ‘pedunculated’, grows on a stalk and causes severe pain if the stalk is twisted.
If your pain is, in fact, being cause by fibroids, there are several avenues of treatment available. Hormone therapy may slow bleeding, and possibly the growth of fibroids for a short period. Traditional surgeries for fibroids include:
More recently, fibroids can be addressed without surgical intervention.
- Uterine Artery Embolization, is a non-surgical approach which shrinks fibroids by blocking their blood supply. Unlike hysterectomy or myomectomy, no organs or tissue is removed. Embolized fibroids will not regrow as is often the case with myomectomy surgery.