It can be frustrating and scary when you don’t understand what’s happening to your body. Suddenly, sex is painful and you may become disinterested in it altogether. On top of this loss of libido and intense pain, you may experience heavy menstrual bleeding, cramping and pressure. Do not ignore these sudden changes occurring in your body as these could be precursors to a deeper, more serious issue. It’s important to listen to your body, especially when unpleasant symptoms get in the way of living a full life.

One plausible explanation for this sudden pain during intercourse could be the presence of uterine fibroids. Fibroids are non-cancerous tumors that grow either inside, outside, or within the walls of the uterus or womb. Large fibroids can cause pressure in the uterus, resulting in painful sex. Moreover, when fibroids grow close to the cervix (lower portion of uterus) at the end of the vaginal tract, they can result in highly painful intercourse. At times, these fibroids can hang through the cervical opening, causing it to feel like a burning sensation or pelvic cramping. In some women, fibroids growing in this region can even result in bleeding during sex.[1]

Besides cervical fibroids, we have three more types of fibroids that are classified based on their location in the uterus. These are: [2]

  • Submucousal fibroids: Typically grow from the wall into the uterine cavity
  • Subserousal fibroids: Grow outside the uterus, inside the walls, bulging outward
  • Intramural fibroids: Push inward toward the uterine cavity

Another reason behind the loss of your energy and libido could be a hormonal imbalance in your body related to estrogen and progesterone hormones. Most women with fibroids have an excessive amount of estrogen in their system, which may cause loss of libido.[3]

Fatigue due to anemia can also be causation behind your lack of energy and libido. If you consistently have heavy periods lasting over a week, it can cause your body to rapidly lose iron causing anemia. Anemia occurs when you lose red blood cells through heavy bleeding, which your bone marrow must replace but cannot. Loss of iron that is contained in the red blood cells, will ultimately lead to iron deficiency once tissue deposits have been depleted, especially if you’re excessive bleeding is consistent. Iron deficiency associated with chronic bleeding often leads to a reduced bone marrow response, worsening the degree of anemia symptoms. If you’re exhausted from anemia, it may start interfering with your work, social, and personal life.

Treat your fibroids to regain libido and energy

Uterine fibroids will naturally have adverse effect on your libido and sex drive. Fibroids can have an impact on your mental health and body image as well. In a National Survey conducted by the Journal of Women’s Health, 22% of participants – both African American and Caucasian women – said fibroids negatively affected their feeling of femininity and body image, ultimately interfering with their intimate relationships. When polled, many women brought up that their disinterest in sex was a painful issue to talk about.

After all, struggling day after day with abdominal cramping, protruding belly, pelvic pain, and heavy menstrual flow is just part of the issue.

Many women report that this loss of libido and painful intercourse due to fibroids, caused strain on their relationships, even when their partner was supportive. If your partner is suffering from fibroids, it’s important to understand what they are going through. It is completely understandable that you would avoid intercourse if you know how intense the pain will be beforehand. Respecting boundaries and researching solutions is the first step to becoming a supportive ally.

It’s crucial to treat your mind and body by tending to your uterine fibroid symptoms. Left untreated, pain during sex can become more intense. Many women choose to wait and hope that their symptoms will disappear; however, this is not the case in regards to fibroids. Depending on hormone levels and other factors, fibroids can continue to grow and symptoms often become more difficult to live with.

Treating uterine fibroids non-surgically

If you suspect that you may have fibroids or have been previously diagnosed, feel free to contact USA Fibroid Centers at (855) 615-2555. You can also schedule online, and get instant insurance verification anytime, 24/7. Our interventional radiologists will conduct a pelvic exam to find out if your loss of libido, pain and excessive bleeding is due to fibroids. If you are diagnosed with uterine fibroids, it’s important to know that you have non-surgical options available to you. Over 44% of women with fibroids aren’t aware that there are non-surgical procedures like Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) available.

Preserving the Uterus

UFE is a non-surgical fibroid treatment procedure performed in our centers. During the procedure, our interventional radiologists will insert a tiny tube called a catheter through your groin, where a specialized solution consisting of tiny particles called embolic agents will be pumped into the arteries supplying blood to the fibroids. When the blood supply is cut off, the fibroids will starve and eventually shrink and die. This minimally invasive, outpatient method for fibroid treatment, allows you  to retain your uterus for possible future pregnancy, which is quite beneficial compared to the surgical option of hysterectomy in which your uterus is removed to take out the fibroids from your body, thus effectively preventing you from conceiving in future.

UFE is covered by most major, health insurance and some Medicaid plans. Please call us, or schedule online to verify!

Contact USA Fibroid Centers for a comprehensive evaluation by our experienced interventional radiologists. Call (855) 615-2555 or schedule online anytime: https://usafibroidcenters.com/schedule-consultation/

References

  1. https://fibroids.com/blog/patient-questions/fibroids-and-your-sex-life/
  2. http://www.cmdrc.com/menstrual-disorders-fibroids/fibroids/no-two-fibroids-are-alike  

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