As we uncover more information about uterine fibroids, there still seems to be a lot of mystery surrounding this condition. It really is a very complex condition that carries a highly varying list of experiences for different women. Plus, there are less common fibroid symptoms that we don’t talk about as much and should be.
How do I know if I have fibroids? Since fibroids are very common, affecting up to 80% of women. While many women have no symptoms at all and never have any issues requiring medical attention, others may experience debilitating pain. Some more commonly mentioned symptoms include chronic bloating, hard/distended abdomen, heavy and/or prolonged bleeding, pain or pressure in the pelvis area, frequent urination, and pain with sex.
In the video below, I discuss three less common fibroid symptoms that don’t always get as much public discussion or that many women don’t connect to uterine fibroids.
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Here are the three less common fibroid symptoms from the video:
1. Depression and Mood Swings
This is mostly due to the imbalance in hormones that many women with fibroids experience. Although it can feel debilitating, you can do plenty of things to balance your hormones naturally. From tracking your cycle to choosing teas to support hormone health, my blog is a great place to start.
2. Chronic Yeast Infections
…and bacterial vaginosis. Yikes! This usually happens most with women who have larger and more abundant fibroids. Dietary changes can help stop these infections, though you should always consult a doctor first. You can also ask for an ultrasound to determine the underlying issue.
3. Unexplained Weight Gain
This is separate from bloating, though the two may go hand in hand. Gaining weight quickly and unexpectedly can be frustrating, especially if you’ve been eating right and exercising consistently. This is another reason to request an ultrasound with your doctor to see if there is an explanation.