Why Are Fibroids Affecting My Sex Life?

Jan 9, 2023

Have you ever personally experienced or known someone suffering from #fibroids who has lost interest in engaging in sexual intercourse with their partner?  This is a common theme for women suffering from uterine fibroids and there are clear reasons why.

A Closer Look At Fibroids

First, what are uterine fibroids?  Uterine fibroids are benign smooth muscle tumors of the uterus and although noncancerous, can grow to substantial size and cause a variety of issues, most notably pelvic pain, and heavy vaginal bleeding.  They are stimulated by the hormone estrogen, so they tend to grow and cause problems in women of childbearing years and stabilize or shrink when women reach menopause.  They are the most common benign pelvic tumor in women, with up to 80% African American women and 70% Caucasian women having fibroids during their lifetime.  Think about that.  That means if you are sitting in a room with a group of women, over half of those women are likely to have fibroids.

Sex and Fibroids

Now let’s talk about sex.  Why do women with fibroids have a lack of interest in sex?  The answer is three-fold.  First, fibroids can grow to be quite large (softball size or larger) and be multiple, causing the lower abdomen and pelvis to bulge, and often making women feel as if they were pregnant.  This effect on the woman’s physical appearance can be emotionally disturbing for women, making them feel less attractive and having less self-confidence.  Two, sex can be painful in women suffering from large fibroids that are pressing on nearby structures in the body.  Third, for women with fibroids causing heavy vaginal bleeding, inevitably suffer from iron deficiency anemia, making them feel more tired and less interested in physical activities such as sex.

A Nonsurgical Solution

Fortunately, there is a solution for these problems.  Dr. Williams at MIVA MEDICAL performs a minimally invasive, nonsurgical treatment for women suffering from uterine fibroids called uterine fibroid embolization or UFE, which is a same day outpatient procedure that treats all fibroids in a single treatment session and allows women to get their sex life back on track. 

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Are you a candidate for UFE?

Relief is just a phone call away.  To find out if you are a candidate for UFE, we recommend giving MIVA a call to set up a consultation with Dr. Williams.  He has extensive experience in performing the UFE procedure and strives to educate women about fibroids and knowing all of their treatment options.

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