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How Fibroids Affect the Menstrual Cycle

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For the majority of a woman’s reproductive life, the regularity of her menstrual cycle is closely associated to her well-being, while an irregular menstruation can often be a sign of abnormal activity in the body. In some instances, Uterine Fibroids are the cause of these abnormalities. For more information on the types of fibroids and steps you can take towards effective fibroid treatment, contact the top fibroids specialist in Los Angeles, Dr. Bruce McLucas for a consultation.

The three types of fibroids: intramural, subserosal, and submucosal can produce different symptoms based on the size and location of the fibroids. Intramural and submucosal fibroids are usually the cause of heavy or abnormal bleeding during a menstrual cycle.

While the main reason for these symptoms are unknown, abnormal bleeding is believed to be caused by the way fibroids change the muscular contraction of the uterus which can prevent it from controlling the amount of bleeding during a cycle. Fibroids have also been shown to compress veins in the uterine wall, creating a dilation of the uterine lining. As the pressure increases in the veins, the lining of the uterus expands, and may result in abnormal bleeding. Heavy menstrual bleeding is usually caused by either intramural fibroids found deep within the wall of the uterus, or submucosal fibroids, found just under the inner lining of the uterus.

Heavy and abnormal bleeding not only increases clot formation, but can also prolong periods, lead to weakness, fatigue, painful cramps in the abdomen and back, and in some cases anemia. Women who have experienced heavy or difficult periods may often not consider fibroids a viable reason for the irregularity in their cycle. If you undergo any of these abnormal symptoms or suffer from overnight excessive flow, consistent bleeding through super tampons or maxi pads, consider making an appointment with your ob/gyn to see if fibroids may be the cause.

Fibroids Specialist in Los Angeles

If fibroids are the cause of your heavy or painful menstrual cycle, don’t delay in seeking effective treatment from a qualified fibroids specialist in Los Angeles. Uterine Fibroid Embolization is a non-surgical procedure especially suited for today’s active, and busy lifestyle. It’s also a great alternative treatment for younger women who may wish to have children because it protects fertility by not cutting, removing, or scarring any uterine tissue. For more information on how embolization can put an end to irregular menstruation, contact The Fibroid Treatment Collective at (866) 479-1523.

Facts and myths about your menstrual period

Menstrual Facts & Myths

Fact: there is such a thing as too much bleeding.

For both adolescents and premenopausal women, heavy bleeding that requires changing a pad or tampon more than every 2-3 hours, or periods that go on past 7 days can mean something is wrong. For many women and teens this can be regulated through birth control, but you should visit your ob/gyn to find out if something else is the culprit, such as fibroids.

Myth: taking pain pills during your period can help stop pain.

In reality, taking your period pain medication before your bleeding starts may be a better way to prevent pain from happening. If you take medication when your symptoms are already bad, then you may not be able to find relief.

Fact: Your period should not prevent you from living your life normally.

If your pain or bleeding disrupts your life to the point that you cannot do your normal activities, there may be something wrong, and you should seek treatment. It may be as easy as regulating with birth control or changing your lifestyle to make your period more manageable.

Myth: You can’t get pregnant during your period.

Many women see their period as a safe time to have unprotected sex, but it is possible to get pregnant while menstruating. Some women have long periods that overlap with ovulation, making it possible to become pregnant. Using safe sex habits can help prevent unwanted pregnancies and STDs.

Fact: When your mom started menopause matters for you.

The age your mother began going through menopause is one of the best predictors for when you will start. Talking to your mother about menopause is a great way to be aware of when menopause may start for you.


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