Symptoms of Fibroids

Fibroids & Menstrual Pain

Painful cramping just before or during your period is normal, but recurrent pain throughout the rest of your menstrual cycle (what we call ‘cyclic pain’) may be caused by uterine fibroids.¹

 

Women should be particularly suspicious of uterine fibroids if they experience:

•  Pain after period ends

•  Pain occurring mid-cycle (around 10 days after the end of your last period)

•  Excessively painful periods

It’s 2-3 times more common for women with uterine fibroids to experience abnormal pain after their period ends or mid-cycle pain when ovulating than it is for women without uterine fibroids. In addition to more frequent cycle pain, women with uterine fibroids report more pelvic pain throughout all phases of their menstrual cycle than women without uterine fibroids.¹

 

The exact relationship between fibroid size, location, and pain at various points throughout the menstrual cycle is not well understood. Uterine fibroids can grow to significant sizes very quickly,² possibly causing menstrual cycle abnormalities. Women concerned about the possibility of having uterine fibroids should take extra care to monitor their entire menstrual cycle for recurring pain patterns and bleeding irregularities.

If you experience pain outside of your period at consistent intervals throughout your menstrual cycle, or you feel that your periods have become more painful, you may be living with uterine fibroids. You can review other symptoms of uterine fibroids here.

References

[1] Zimmermann, A., Bernuit, D., Gerlinger, C., Schaefers, M., & Geppert, K. (2012). Prevalence, symptoms and management of uterine fibroids: An international internet-based survey of 21,746 women. BMC Women’s Health, 12(1), 6.

[2] Bukulmez, O., & Doody, K. J. (2006). Clinical features of myomas. Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinics of North America, 33(1), 69–84.

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