Painful Fibroids

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What Causes Painful Ovulation?

Pain experienced during ovulation can be debilitating for many women. For many, it is also associated with cramping, headaches, bloating, and constipation or diarrhea.

Painful ovulation or mid-cycle pain affects about twenty percent of women. Although the pain may feel like something serious is wrong, painful ovulation or is rarely serious but it can be a sign that your hormones are out of balance or an underlying condition such as:

  • Poly Cystic Ovarian Disorder (PCOS)
  • Endometriosis
  • Fibroids
  • Cysts

To Find Out If Your Hormones Are Contributing To Your Ovulation Pain Click Here

Painful ovulation is believed to be caused by a small leakage of blood from the ovary that occurs at the time of ovulation. This blood, which is later reabsorbed, is thought to cause an irritation of the abdominal wall which causes ovulation pain.

The degree of pain you feel depends on your individual pain threshold, the volume of blood that is released and the amount of space that exists between a woman’s ovary and her abdominal wall.

Targeted dietary changes, herbs and natural remedies are effective in decreasing the occurrence of ovulation pain.

Women suffering from ovulation pain can benefit from daily supplementation, which is carried on throughout the month. The supplements can include evening primrose oil, taken in 6 500-milligram capsules, along with B Complex Vitamins.

Homeopathic remedies need to be taken once every fifteen minutes for up to four doses a day. If the symptoms and the pain persist, then the dosage can be repeated as required. This remedy must be used for any pain which can usually and only be relieved by the application of a warm compress, it is also to be used for painful sensations that cause doubling up in pain which often affects the left side of the body.

The homeopathic remedy Colocynth can be used for pains that can be relieved by stretching the back. The remedy Dioscorea can also be helpful.

About the author: Narelle Stegehuis, CEO of MassAttack, and BumpFertility is a Naturopath specializing in the treatment of PCOS, Fibroids, Endometriosis & Thyroid imbalance. Uniquely her services are offered online. She is both an accomplished writer and recent recipient of the Australian Naturopathic Excellence Award and featured regularly in Woman’s Day, Grazzia and NoteBook Magazine.


Frequently Asked Questions

    Prescribed medication for severe painful fibroids?
    I’ve recently had an IUD place and in hope that it would seize the painful feeling that I get in my lower adomen and back. Well it hasn’t and there’s days that I can hardly walk. Is there any prescibed meds that I can suggest to my doctor, and of course will be taken ONLY when needed.
    Thank you!
    Would a muscle relaxant be better than pain medication? If so, what do you suggest?
    Thank you!!

    • ANSWER:
      I am not a Gynecologist, but am an RN The only solution I know is have the fibroid (s) removed. Unfortunately, the usually takes the uterus with it. Have a down to earth, heart to heart talk with your doctor. Get ALL of your options and the effects of each including pregnancy. Then consider the best result for you. Do call your doctor to let him/her know about your pain.

    Why is it so painful when fibroids deteriorate?

    • ANSWER:
      because they press on other organs. I HAD ONE HUGE one removed. i had months of pain and heavy clotting before. now im fine

    If you had fibroids on your uterus and a severe period with heavy painful bleeding would you get a?
    hysterectomy or endometrial ablation? just say your period comes every 3 weeks and is unbearable! severe pain, exhaustion! thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      It really depends on what you want for fertility and if you’re willing to go on hormonal treatment

      Some people will try to take NSAID’s (advil) or Cyclokapron to help with the bleeding.

      Contraception (like depo provera) or other hormonal contraception (mirena IUD) can help stop/regulate periods if you’re willing to take them.

      The surgical option for women who still want fertility is a surgical myomectomy. If you don’t want more kids, then a hysterectomy, endometrial ablation, or uterine artery embolization are options to decrease/remove the fibroid.

      The good news is that nearly all women have their fibroids shrink with menopause. The bad news is that’s also when you stop having periods, so it doesn’t really help.

    painful fibroids in pregnancy?
    please help any diet?hi is there a remedy for dealing with fibroids pains during pregnancy ?I am in serious pain but hospital says there is nothing that can be done except codeine pills

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately the only real treatment for fibroids is either a hysterectomy or, in women who still want children, surgical removal of the fibroid. As you are pregnant these are obviously not options for you.
      Are they sure it is the fibroids causing such pain as usually they are painless? I would have a word with your doctor to make sure everything else is alright…that nothing else is causing this pain, and to discuss pain control with him although what you can take is limited.
      I know of no diet that can help but maybe something such as a TENS machine may be of use. This is a machine that passes a minute electrical current to you via electrode pads, it is often effective with chronic pain… your midwife can advise you on there use.
      Good Luck…I hope you soon feel better.

    Has anyone here ever suffered with PAINFUL degenerating fibroids during pregnancy?
    I had this problem with my first pregnancy. I found it excruciatingly painful. But from what I have read online, no-one considered it that painful. On they said that normal painkillers were prescribed for the condition. When I had it, i had to be on pethedine and it was still painful.

    Have i got a lower pain threshold than everyone else or is the condition extremely painful???

    (ps i am pregnant again, i hope i dont get it again!!)
    Hi Kryptonite!! Thanks for your answer -actually i also have fibroids which are not painful, but i am specifically talking about women whose fibroids begin to degenerate during pregnancy – that is when it becomes painful.

    And i had them in my first pregnancy, I am no longer in pain thank goodness!! I just pray that i dont have another episode with this my 2nd pregnancy.

    • ANSWER:
      I had fibroids with my first pregnancy and also again with this pregnancy (my 2nd oNe) but I am here to say that I don’t even know I have them. INfact if the dr. didn’t tell me then I wouldn’t ever know. They don’t hurt one bit.

      Sorry you are in pain.

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