Uterine Fibroids And The Perimenopausal Woman
Many of we ladies of a certain age will no doubt realize when we have entered the perimenopause stage of our lives, the time when our periods become irregular and before they cease altogether.
Some of us will feel sad about our advancing age and our lack of ability to bear children. Some of us will jump for joy that we will soon no longer be dragged down every month by our periods and look forward to freedom from them.
I was of the latter mind set as had suffered from PMS and all that entails for years. Quite frankly I was looking forward to leaving all that behind.
Despite suffering badly from PMS, my monthlies had always been regular as clockwork and blood loss light. I knew I was perimenopausal because of my age and also slight irregularity of my monthly cycle, plus I had been to the doctor and had a blood test which also confirmed this.
All seemed to be going well until one day I had a period so heavy and painful it scared the living daylights out of me. Never in my fertile life had I experienced anything like this.
As one does, I just put it down to a blip and blamed it on the advancing menopause, but when my periods continued to be heavy and excruciatingly painful I booked myself an appointment with the doctor.
After discussing the problem with her she told me I had classic symptoms for a uterine fibroid and booked me in for an ultrasound examination which reveled that in fact I did.
My fibroid was tiny, only about 2 centimeters altogether and I couldn´t believe that something this tiny could cause so much pain and bleeding. Thinking back to other female friends who had them and reported them to be the size of an orange, it made me wonder how on earth they coped , but they did and there are treatments available which I will discuss later.
Ultrasound Scan Picture Of A Uterine Fibroid
What Are Uterine Fibroids ?
Uterine fibroids are benign, non cancerous tumors which develop in or around the womb (uterus).
Although they can develop in woman of a much younger age I am going to discuss solely those affected during the middle and later stages of their reproductive years.
Uterine fibroids are thought to be caused by an imbalance in hormone levels, and obviously this fits the bill with woman in the perimenopausal phase of life.
Common Symptoms Of Uterine Fibroids
Heavier blood loss and painful cramps during a period.
Blood loss or spotting between periods.
Urinary problems which can include the need to urinate more frequently or with more urgency, or urine retention.
Abdominal discomfort and bloating.
Pain or discomfort during love making.
Infertility in a small percentage of women.
NB- Uterine Fibroids growing outside the uterus may cause no symptoms whatsoever but those growing inside most possibly will and the changes are usually gradual.
In my case my doctor advised no treatment because I had been perimenopausal for quite some time and she knew that my periods would be stopping altogether very soon. Once this happens and it did quite quickly for me, all symptoms naturally disappear. I simply took a strong painkiller when needed and placed a hot water bottle on my tummy during times when I had painful cramps during a period.
Other treatments include.
Medications to control symptoms.
Medications to shrink the tumor or tumors.
Low dose birth control pills.
Myomectomy or radio frequency ablation.
Uterine artery ligation.
Magnetic resonance guided focused ultrasound.
Surgery to remove the tumor or tumors.
Whilst researching this hub I read that soy may be helpful in dissolving uterine fibroids,I also learned from a reader of one of my other hubs ( link below ) that fermented organically raised soy is the best.
Soy also worked for me when I started getting Hot flushes / flashes
Treatment may also be needed in the form of iron supplements if heavy blood loss has caused anemia.
What To Do If Your Periods Are Suddenly Heavy And Painful Now You Are Nearing The Menopause
No one need suffer in silence and think that this is normal during the perimenopause or middle to late fertile years and is something you just have to put up with, it most certainly is not.
There are plenty of solutions out there to aleviate or rid you completely of the painful and worrying effects of a uterine fibroid.
Go and see your doctor who will probably arrange for examinations, ultrasound scans ,blood tests etc to assess the situation and then recommend suitable treatment options.
As with anything to do with your health, if you are in anyway worried a visit to your local GP , Doctor or Medic is a must and your right.
Disclaimer And Credits.
Please note that the author of this hub is not a Doctor or Medic or in anyway medically trained, and proper medical advice should be sought immediately if you are worried by any changes in your body or are in anyway worried about your health.
Although care has been taken in researching this topic it is in no way meant to replace medical assistance and is solely a guideline.
Credits must be given to biomediclabs.com and also wikipedia.com who I used as sources of information. And to JayeWisdom another hubpages writer for her information on Soy products.
Also wiki media commons and freedigitalphotos.net for pictures.
Your comments and votes on my hubs are always appreciated so please do feel free to leave some if you wish. Thank you for reading :)
A Little About bac2basics The Author Of This Hub
Hi I am bac2basics and write on many different subjects including health and well being, recipes for the time short cook, life in Spain and it´s native wildlife, money saving hints and tips and frugal living, psychic phenomena and spiritual happenings, gardening, travelogues and happy holiday memories to name just a few of my favorite topics. All can be found on Hubpages.com.
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Anne (author) from Spain on June 03, 2013:
Please do not be scared, uterine fibroids are not cancerous and help is available. For hot flushes try reading my hub on what helped me when I had them.
No one these days need " Put Up With" any problems related to the menopause.
I wish you well too Toni and thank you so much for reading and leaving a comment :)
Tonette Fornillos from The City of Generals on June 03, 2013:
This is very helpful. A little scary but a reality that can happen to all women. Thanks for sharing. The education you have us is very helpful, many women can try prepare and at any rate prevent issues hopefully by early visit to the doctor. I think I'm now having those hot flushes.
Thank you again Anne. All the best of health and blessings all the time :=)-T0nette
Anne (author) from Spain on May 25, 2013:
Thank you for your great comments and votes.
I put up with this condition for well over a year before going to see the doctor because I just thought it was normal and to be expected, it most certainly isn´t something any woman should have to put up with and this is why I wrote about it. Like you say, forewarned is forearmed.
toknowinfo on May 25, 2013:
Great hub. This is good info to keep in mind. Forewarned is forearmed. You explained fibroid tumors in an easy to read and well done way. Thanks for this. Rated up, useful, and interesting.
Anne (author) from Spain on March 16, 2013:
Hi Eddy. Thank you so much. How are you dear ? Ok I do hope. Have a lovely weekend. Are the daff´s blooming in Wales yet ? they are here and look lovely xx
Eiddwen from Wales on March 16, 2013:
A great share which I am sure will benefit many others.
A vote up here.
Anne (author) from Spain on March 16, 2013:
Hello my dear friend travmaj. Lovely to hear from you. I do hope this helps your friend as it´s a very scary thing when all of a sudden you start to loose a lot of blood and experience very bad pain during a period. So many woman like myself think it´s just a normal part of going into the change and we just have to put up with it, but álthough it´s very common we certainly can get help to make having fibroids manageable. I always remember my neighbour in Preston telling me her horror stories, although neither of us knew it at the time , she must have had a large fibroid or fibroids and again thought it was a normal part of the change so just put up with it, I don´t think she ever got it checked out at all, had she done, it would have saved so much suffering. Spring has been in the air here most of the winter, up until Christmas it was absolutely fantastic, the only thing that spoiled it afterwards are the constant gales we have had since, it really gets you down Madge when the wind is blowing enough to knock you flat for months on end on almost a daily basis. Next year at this time I will be back in the UK and moaning about the freezing cold, snow and rain , sometimes you just can´t win eh love :) Hope you are keeping Ok , and it really is good to hear from you XX
travmaj from australia on March 15, 2013:
Hi Annie - well done - what a lot of research and documentation you have placed here. I have a younger friend who this is tailor made for - I will certainly be passing it on, I'm certain it will reassure her. So thank you.
I hope you are keeping well and Spring is in the air -
Anne (author) from Spain on March 12, 2013:
Hi Im. I wish you all the luck in the world, and will keep my fingers crossed that tomorrow you find out this blood in your urine is nothing more than a little infection or inflammation and anti biotics are all that is needed to clear it up. Please let me know how you get on . Sending you a huge hug as I know how worrying these things can be having once discovered a lump in my breast , it turned out to be nothing, but I was beside myself with worry until I got the results.
Karen Silverman on March 12, 2013:
Hmmm...i never had overly heavy periods - not even near 'the end'..
i'm also peri-menopausal - haven't had a period in about 4 months..
oddly - i've had 3 episodes of 'blood' in my urine almost monthly since..
Not period blood - just red urine accompanied with a period headache..
going to rule out bladder/kidney cancer tomorrow..
wish me luck!
Anne (author) from Spain on March 11, 2013:
Hi Annie. Many thanks for the praise and your useful suggestions. I was really freaked out the first time I had heavy blood loss but still put up with it for maybe a year before going to see the doctor as I thought it was just a normal part of the change and to be expected. In the end I couldn´t stand it any longer and that´s what pushed me into going for a consultation.
Annie Messeri from Spain on March 11, 2013:
Brilliant hub - this is such a common problem and can be really scary.
Take your Iron supplements girls (Floradix is a good one) and eat your prunes,