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Your Period with Fibroids: What to Expect

Posted on May 01, 2024

Uterine fibroids (which are benign, muscular tumors) may cause changes to your period. In fact, most women report that heavy menstrual periods are the first noticeable symptoms of this condition. But what should you expect from your period with fibroids? Get all the details, below!

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Your Changing Period with Fibroids

Women with fibroids may experience a heavier than normal period; the flow may also last longer than the typical 5-7 days. Moreover, spacing between periods may be less than 28 days (the average woman's cycle length.) As such, it may seem like you’re getting your period twice a month.

And, when you do have a heavy flow? You may also pass blood clots. If they are larger than the size of a quarter, that could be a good indication that you've developed fibroids. And that means it's time to talk to your doctor.

Other Menstrual Symptoms of Fibroids

Along with changes to menstrual flow and frequency, your period with fibroids could be more painful. If you have these tumors, cramping and pelvic pain could be a problem. You may also experience disruptive symptoms between periods, including spotting, back pain, constipation, bloating, pain with sex and more.

Unfortunately, too many women dismiss menstrual symptoms as being a normal part of womanhood. And that can lead to delayed diagnoses, meaning many women are left suffering needlessly.

So, to avoid that outcome, we hope you'll tell your doctor about any changes to your period. This is the best way to get a timely fibroids diagnosis. And to find symptom relief without surgery.

Finding Fibroid Relief Without Surgery

When you learn to recognize the signs of a period with fibroids, it helps you get an earlier diagnosis, and seek more timely intervention. In turn, we can provide treatment when your tumors are fewer in number and/or smaller in size. As such, you will have more treatment options available to you, including Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE.)

With minimally invasive UFE, interventional radiologists make a small opening in your wrist to insert an x-ray guided catheter that will access the uterine artery. Once it's in place, we deposit embolic material that reduces blood flow to the artery, starving your fibroids and allowing them to shrink. For most women, this results in significant symptom relief without the need for surgical procedures such as myomectomy or hysterectomy.

Of course, not every woman is a candidate for UFE. But if you want fibroid relief without surgery, we invite you to reach out to our fibroid experts in Dallas. Just click here to request an appointment today!

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