Painful fibroids affect the many women and some of them cannot find the way to cope with this for years. Uterine fibroids are also known as fibromyomas, leiomyomas or myomas. They are benign or non-cancerous masses in the uterine wall. Fibroids are the most common benign tumors in females. They can be very tiny or large and some of them may cause unbearable pain to women. The cause of pain varies from one patient to another but usually it falls in one of the three categories.Pain due to bleeding
Excessive bleeding causes cramps that may be an automatic reflex by the body to expel fibroid. Ibuprofen may help reducing the pain. Other self-help techniques include lying down with a tick pillow placed under the knees, heat therapy, relaxing baths or heat pads placed on the abdomen.General abdominal pain
Fibroids cause abdominal pain in some women. This pain may be constant or it may vary depending on a menstrual cycle. Growing fibroids may put pressure on the surrounding organs and this causes the pain. Stabbing pains most commonly point out to dying fibroids. Fibroids may also press nerves and thus cause pain in the legs or back. Massage, exercise and heat therapy may be extremely helpful to reduce pain. Back pain might be eased if patients try pulling their knees up to their chest when lying on the side.
Pain during Intercourse
This kind of pain depends on the size and position of fibroid. Women should experiment with different sex positions until they discover ones that do not cause so much discomfort.
Treatment of painful fibroids
As many as 80% of all women have fibroids. They may cause extreme pain, heavy bleeding and affect fertility. Surgery is often the only way to treat these unpleasant symptoms but it may sometimes compromise fertility.
The other method is uterine fibroid embolization. It is a process of blocking the arteries that provide blood flow to the fibroid. This results in shrinking of the fibroid. However, this method may also compromise fertility.
A new scientific study presents a completely safe method of treatment. According to this study, the new drug, EllaOne, used as an emergency contraception in Europe may be an effective and non-invasive treatment for fibroids. Studies show it helps significantly to reduce the size of fibroids. It also helps to decrease heavy and irregular menstrual bleeding. New drug does not affect fertility in a bad way so it makes this method of treatment especially suitable for women whose only option was to have surgery.