Why Do Fibroids Cause Heavy Bleeding?
If you are wanting an answer to the question, “Why do fibroids cause heavy bleeding?” then there are a number of reasons why this is the case. Fibroids are one of the most common causes of heavier periods and if you find that your last longer than 5-7 days and are particularly heavy, then ensure that you visit your doctor for a diagnosis.
In brief, the three main reasons why fibroids cause heavy bleeding are:-
1. A blockage of normal menstrual flow, caused by the location of a fibroid. This causes a back-up of blood which seems heavier when released
2. Uterine congestion, common in women with fibroids, can cause a change in the blood flow around the uterus
3. When fibroids grow, new blood vessels form and this means a greater volume of blood is flowing through the uterus
There are a number of simple steps you can take to help with heavy bleeding causes by your fibroids. Firstly, avoid wearing tampons, as these can cause cramping and pain. You can try taking an anti-inflammatory, such as ibuprofen as this may help reduce inflammation. Regular gentle exercise can also help to improve the blood flow as can heat therapy, thus helping relieve congestion. Many women become anemic due to the heavy bleeding and if this is applicable to you, take a good all-round vitamin supplement together with folic acid.
Although fibroids cause heavy bleeding, many women often feel that this is only one of many symptoms-and often not the worse! Others include terrible bloating, constipation, urinary problems, pain during intercourse and severe cramping.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Uterine fibroids, pain, heavy bleeding and irregular periods?
I have multiple large and small fibroids, severe endometriosis, severe adhesions (they thought I’d had chemo). I used to have very regular periods but they are now irregular and heavy with a long pms time around when I expect a period. I was getting one heavy one about every other month having to change pads every 15 minutes for one day of it. And a lighter one in between with alot of spotting. But sometimes I can have pms symptoms like I’m starting and not start for a couple weeks. (They say it’s inoperable.) Is this common? What should I be worried about? What can I do?
I had this same problem in 2005, I experienced heavy bleeding and it continued for about a week, quit with just spotting and then back to bleeding again. This was so bad it put me in a very weak state and finally decided to visit obgyn and had blood test and ultra sound done. I was so low on blood that I had to have 4 pints replaced due to so much blood loss. The ultra sound showed a fibroid tumor. I had a total abdominal hysterectomy in September 2005 and the tumor removed. The fibroid tumor was causing the main problem for me, making my periods unbearable. Now I feel fine health wise, my blood count is back up, but of course I went straight to menopause, but I’m handling it the best I can. I wish you luck, have your blood checked for anemia and an ultra sound to see where and how large the fibroids are.
high blood platelet reading been on iron tabs since november anemia due to heavy bleeding from fibroids and tp?
what could be the cause of high blood platlets, i was diagnosed in november with anemia i also take norithresone to stop bleeding, I also have b12 deficiency was 119 after 2 months of meds it is now 247 still below border line, i also have fibroids growing within the wall of my womb,the dr has told me she will contact the haemotologist for advice, any answers u can give me thanks, anet
Had hysterescopic recesion of fibroids, y still heavy bleeding dat takes even longer than b4 surgery?
I had dis op in July and i thought things will b fine by now but i am bleeding heavier and instead of the normal 4-5 days of bleeding, i am now having 4 heavy bleeding days and 7-8 days of light but bright blood bleeding,why?i have my chk up on the 31st but i am v. disappointed.I thought my days of anaemia,dizziness,heavy bleeding,pains,mefenamic acids,tranxeamic acids,iron supps;etc are all gone.I even thought i will be able to concieve again,i have not taken contraceptives since i was 18,i am now 41,i have a teenage boy.i am v.unhappy about this.Anyway i hope the consultant will be able to solve this dilemma,can u help me community yahoos?Dr.Frank, are you there?Is this normal?
maybe you have an infection
I have fibroids that cause me to bleed heavy during my period, I have a hysterectomy coming up soon?
The heavy bleeding has left me anemic, which makes me very tired and restless at times. Will I get my energy back after the surgery, meaning will this anemic feeling go away?
Yes you will eventually get your energy back but it will not be fast. It takes some time to get over the surgery. However, I guess you are taking hormone treatment to help to shrink the fibroids before your op so this will help with the anemia. If you are not already on iron tablets, you might want to ask your doctor for some as this will help restore your energy levels. You will definitely feel so much better once your fibroids are gone!
You don’t say when your hysterectomy is due, but if it’s a while off you might like to look at some natural remedies for fibroids which could help in the meantime.
Hope this helps!
PS Yes I understand what Kate-Ann is saying about having the other treatment-the problem is that unless you remove the cause of fibroids they do grow back in over 30% of women-some natural remedies can stop this happening though after these procedures should you opt for them.
Apart from having fibroids what else can cause heavy mestrual bleeding?
I have had a scan and was told I have the smallest fibroids and they were not likely to cause me any problems. I’m however having really have menstrual bleeding and have to take Tranexamic Acid to control it which am not comfortable with as I have to take it every month for about four days. Just don’t want to be on any medication long term.
I have heard of fibroid’s of all sizes, and they do cause more pain with periods, including more blood. if they are small, doctors are not to free in taking a woman’s uterus these days. Just make sure you keep checking them as they can attach to kidneys ect, then your in trouble.did he give you anything to shrink them, talk to your doctor again…