Can Uterine Fibroids Affect Your Periods
Uterine fibroids are often responsible for irregular menstrual patterns in women approaching/experiencing menopause and can occur in other special cases as well. This is generally characterized by an irregular, heavier flow than usual as well as bleeding in between period cycles.
Uterine fibroids can also exist without showing any symptoms at all and usually, these are the smaller ones that do not require any treatment but larger fibroids have to be treated with medication or surgery as per the requirement.
Uterine Fibroids are non-cancerous growths of muscle on the walls of the uterus and are a common occurrence in women. These fibroids are usually harmless on their own, but there are chances that they can cause symptoms such as irregular bleeding and pain in the abdominal area as well as cramping.
The symptoms of uterine fibroids are:
Since uterine fibroids are knots of muscle that grow inside the uterus, they can directly affect menstrual cycles. Most of the time, these fibroids are harmless and benign (non-cancerous).
While the main reasons for heavy bleeding in periods are unknown, it is believed that fibroid changes the muscular contraction of the uterus. It then can prevent it from controlling the amount of bleeding during a cycle. Since fibroids compress veins in the uterine wall, this creates a dilation of the uterine lining, increasing the pressure in the veins, thus expanding the lining of the uterus and resulting in heavy and abnormal bleeding.