Updated: Jun 4
Oh, the frequent urination and constant stopping by every bathroom you can come in contact with are definitely not in your head. Welcome to the world of fibroids. Uterine fibroids are benign growths also known as myomas or leiomyomas and are most common in 77% of women in perimenopause. Several studies have indicated women presenting for evaluation and treatment of fibroids reported pelvic floor symptoms, mainly urinary frequency and pelvic pressure. The general schedule that is considered normal is to urinate 6-8 times in 24 hours but generally, women with fibroids can experience an upward increase of 10-12 times sometimes less than 24 hours, especially in the evenings. The higher the frequency sometimes can be determined by the location of the fibroids and size, but this is not always associated with pelvic floor symptoms.
The identification of fibroid and pelvic characteristics that are associated with worse symptoms is vital to the optimization of therapies and prevention interventions. The daily struggle of living with fibroids between the anxieties of frequent urination, heavy bleeding, pelvic pain, and cramps can truly be a handful to daily living. When this happens, the goal is to seek medical attention. Be sure to ask questions for a better understanding of your condition. It is good to know the location, size, and how many are present. You also need to know your options if you should consider major surgery i.e., myomectomy or UFE. Unfortunately, when you reach this point of frequent urination once other conditions have been ruled out it is time to make a move toward removal to alleviate your frequency. It is apparent fibroids can change the quality of your life for many reasons but taking action early is always the best prevention.