Uterine Fibroids Explained: What Does the Pain Feel like?

January 26, 2024
By United Vein & Vascular Centers®

Uterine fibroids affect millions of women. While some fibroids are silent partners, others can lead to unpleasant sensations. But what does uterine fibroid pain feel like? It’s not a one-size-fits-all answer and it depends on the fibroid’s size, location, and your unique anatomy.

The Uterine Fibroid Pain Spectrum

  • Dull Ache: Imagine a constant, low-grade ache in your lower abdomen, like a persistent period cramp that never quite goes away. This is a common fibroid pain experience, especially with smaller fibroids.
  • Pressure and Fullness: Feeling like your uterus is carrying a bowling ball? Fibroids can cause bloating and a sense of heaviness in your pelvis, making even everyday activities uncomfortable.
  • Sharp Stabbing Pain: This can be a real doozy, especially with larger fibroids or those located near nerves. Sudden, sharp stabs of pain, sometimes radiating to the back or legs, can take your breath away.
  • Period Cramps on Steroids: Think of your worst period cramps ever, multiply them by ten, and include bloating and pressure.

How Fibroid Type, Size and Location Impact Pain

The type, size, and location of your fibroids can all influence the pain you experience. For example:

  • Subserosal fibroids: These grow outside the uterine wall and may cause minimal pain unless they press on other organs.
  • Intramural fibroids: These grow within the uterine wall and are more likely to cause pressure and fullness.
  • Submucosal fibroids: These grow inside the uterine cavity and can cause heavy bleeding and cramping.

Impact Uterine Fibroids Have on Your Holistic Health:

Fibroid pain can take a toll on your emotional well-being too. The constant discomfort, fear of unpredictable pain, and impact on daily life can lead to anxiety, stress, and even depression.

Seek Treatment For Your Uterine Fibroid Pain:

The good news is, you don’t have to suffer in silence. If you suspect you have fibroids and are experiencing pain, talk to a United Fibroid Centers specialist. They can help diagnose the problem and discuss treatment options. Uterine fibroid treatment is a spectrum, ranging from supportive therapies like pain management and lifestyle changes to medical interventions like medication, embolization, or surgery. Remember the following:

  • Pain is not normal: Don’t dismiss fibroid pain as “just part of being a woman.”
  • Early diagnosis is key: The sooner you get diagnosed, the sooner you can find relief.
  • Treatment options are available: There’s no one-size-fits-all approach, but there’s a treatment plan out there for you.

So, if you’re wondering “What does uterine fibroid pain feel like?” know that it’s not a one-word answer, it’s a spectrum. Talk to a United Fibroid Centers specialist, explore your options, and find your path to fibroid-free living. Schedule a free vein screening at a United Vein & Vascular Center near you.

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