How Do Fibroids Affect Sexual Intercourse?

Aside from the severe pain, heavy bleeding, and bloating that women with fibroids experience, there is another worry – how will it affect my sex life? Uterine fibroids, which are noncancerous growths on or in the muscle walls of the uterus, can present many obstacles in the bedroom.

From frustrating symptoms to severe pain during intercourse, there are a few problems that can occur due to fibroids. However, through treatment, you can return to a happy, fulfilling sex life.

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Symptoms

The symptoms themselves that accompany fibroids may get in the way of sexual intercourse or make it unpleasant. Uterine fibroid symptoms include:

  • Heavy bleeding: Being on your period for longer than a week or bleeding severely can make it difficult and even impossible to have sexual intercourse.
  • Pelvic pain: Extreme pain in the pelvis and lower abdomen can make intercourse painful as well.
  • Abdominal bloating: Depending on the size of the fibroids, the abdomen can become noticeably enlarged, even resembling pregnancy, which can interfere with your sex life as well.
  • Urinary incontinence and frequency: Feeling the need to urinate often can get in the way and make sex unappealing.

Intercourse may become uncomfortable and even painful depending on the location and size of the fibroids. Large tumors can put pressure on the walls of the uterus, causing pain. If a fibroid grows near the cervix at the end of the vaginal tract, insertional intercourse can become very distressing.

Another effect that fibroids may have, related to these symptoms, is the loss of libido. Not surprisingly, the desire to have intercourse can be lost when it becomes painful and may not be worth the struggle.

Solutions

There are several treatment options for fibroids that will improve the effects of the symptoms listed above. Some of the most common treatments include:

  • Hysterectomy: A hysterectomy is the full removal of the uterus. Many women have reported having better and more fulfilling sex after a hysterectomy. This may be because the surgery eliminates the pain and bleeding, making sex more enjoyable.
  • Myomectomy: This is the surgical removal of the fibroids without removing the whole organ. Normally, your doctor will tell you not to have intercourse for at least six weeks, but after that, things should be able to return to normal.
  • Uterine fibroid embolization: UFE is a minimally-invasive procedure that involves blocking the blood flow to the fibroids. It is performed in less than one hour and the recovery time is usually 7-10 days, after which you can get back to your normal sex life.

Learn more

The best thing to do if you think you may have fibroids or if your sex life is suffering is to talk to your OB-GYN. Your doctor can help you decide what treatment option is best for you.

If you want to learn more about uterine fibroid embolization and how it works, visit our website at www.ask4ufe.com.

PLEASE NOTE: The above information should not be construed as providing specific medical advice, but rather to offer readers information to better understand their lives and health. It is not intended to provide an alternative to professional treatment or to replace the services of a physician.