How to Cope With Uterine Fibroids. You have been diagnosed with uterine fibroids. Your situation doesn't warrant surgery, you have decided not to pursue surgery or you have chosen "watchful waiting." Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous tumors that grow slowly and may or may not cause severe pain. For women, along with their doctors, who have decided not to treat fibroids surgically or with prescription medicines, there are ways to deal with symptoms associated with fibroids. Read on to learn how to cope with uterine fibroids.
Understand that there is no known cure for uterine fibroids, but there are treatments. See the related eHow article titled "How to Treat Fibroids."
Take over-the-counter medicine for any pain you may experience. If you have severe and constant pain, contact your doctor.
Have extra sanitary products with you at all times because you may experience bleeding in between your regular menstrual times.
Consider your childbearing situation. If you want to get pregnant, fibroids could affect your ability to conceive or carry a baby to term. Seek a thorough exam if you are having problems conceiving. Also, fibroids usually shrink as a woman gets close to menopause.
Get regular follow-up care every three to six months, or as directed by your doctor. Regular exams must be performed to ensure that the fibroids haven't grown or returned, and to check for any new ones.
Know that you may have frequent trips to the bathroom, backaches, bloating or constipation. The uterus is located between the bladder and the rectum and fibroids may press against these organs.
Prepare for changes in your sex life due to exhaustion from blood loss, painful intercourse or just not feeling comfortable.
Find support. It is estimated that over 20 percent of women under the age of 50 have fibroids. Many do not need surgery, and live healthy, productive lives despite the inconveniences of fibroids. Check the Hope for Fibroids website and the National Uterine Fibroids Foundation website for more information.