Serious Menstrual Cramping and Fibroids

Symptoms of uterine fibroids can be painful and disruptive. You might find your trips to the bathroom becoming more frequent, your menstrual bleeding becoming heavier, and your menstrual cramps becoming unusually intense, particularly in your back and abdomen.

At Dallas Fibroid Center, we know how fibroids can make normal daily life more difficult. We provide next-generation treatment solutions that do not require major surgery or extended post-procedure recovery. Our approach can rid you of symptomatic fibroids quickly and effectively.

But why do fibroids affect menstrual symptoms?

Let’s examine the relationship between menstrual cramping and fibroids.

What are menstrual cramps?

Abdominal cramping is one of the most common symptoms of menstruation. The intensity of the cramps differs depending upon the person, and the severity of the pain can range from mild to debilitating.

Women often describe menstrual cramping as a throbbing ache in the lower abdomen and back that can occur right before or during menstruation.

Can fibroids cause menstrual cramps?

While fibroids are not the cause of menstrual cramping, their presence can intensify the pain considerably.

During menstruation, the uterus contracts so that the uterine lining can shed. While the uterus contracts, a chemical called prostaglandins is released, which intensifies inflammation and pain. Fibroids can cause the body to produce greater volumes of prostaglandins, thereby worsening the cramping.

Fibroids might also aggravate cramping for the following reasons:

  • An enlarged uterine size requires stronger muscle contractions to shed the lining of the uterus
  • Larger clots are expelled as a result of heavier bleeding
  • The pressure of fibroids against the uterus

Fibroids commonly cause extended and severe abdominal cramping and can cause physical symptoms that make completing daily tasks difficult.

If you have concerns or questions about a diagnosis of fibroids, treatment for fibroids, or fibroid symptoms, please talk to a specialist in uterine health.

You don’t have to let fibroids influence your life; by opting for specialized fibroid treatment, you can free yourself of disruptive symptoms.

If you’re interested in learning more or scheduling a consultation, contact us today.

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