Can Fibroids Cause Bloating?

Fibroids are noncancerous growths that develop in the uterus. They are very common, affecting up to 80% of women by the time they reach menopause. While most fibroids are small and cause no symptoms, some can grow large enough to cause significant discomfort.

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One of the most common symptoms of fibroids is bloating. Bloating is a feeling of fullness or swelling in the abdomen. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including gas, constipation, and pregnancy. However, it can also be caused by fibroids.

How Do Fibroids Cause Bloating?

There are a few ways that fibroids can cause bloating. First, fibroids can put pressure on the intestines, which can lead to gas and bloating. Second, fibroids can enlarge the uterus, which can push up against the stomach and intestines, causing them to become compressed. This can also lead to gas and bloating.

What Are the Other Symptoms of Fibroids?

In addition to bloating, fibroids can cause a variety of other symptoms, including:

  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Painful periods
  • Painful intercourse
  • Frequent urination
  • Constipation
  • Back pain
  • Fatigue

How Are Fibroids Diagnosed?

Fibroids are usually diagnosed during a pelvic exam. Your doctor may also order an ultrasound or MRI to confirm the diagnosis and determine the size and location of the fibroids.

How Are Fibroids Treated?

The treatment for fibroids depends on the size and location of the fibroids, as well as the severity of the symptoms. Some women with small fibroids that do not cause any symptoms may not need any treatment. However, women with large fibroids or fibroids that cause significant symptoms may need treatment.

There are a variety of treatment options for fibroids, including:

  • Medications
  • Surgery
  • Endometrial ablation
  • Uterine artery embolization

I’m feeling bloated. Do I have fibroids?

If you are experiencing bloating, it is important to see your doctor to rule out any underlying medical conditions. If your bloating is caused by fibroids, there are a variety of treatment options available to help relieve your symptoms.

At Preferred Fibroid, we’re experts in the diagnosis and treatment of uterine fibroids. Contact our office today to see if your bloating is caused by fibroids or something else.

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