How fibroids affect all aspects of a person

How fibroids affect all aspects of a person

Tomek Roberts, MD, did the medical review of this document.

Uterine fibroids occur frequently. Most women have at least one fibroid at some point, but black women have the highest rate.

7 out of 10 white women and 8 out of 10 black women will have had fibroids by age 50.

There may be one or more fibroids and vary in size:

Small – up to the size of a cherry

Medium – up to the size of an orange

Large: Up to the size of a grapefruit (or larger)

About 1 in 5 women with fibroids have symptoms.

Some fibroids cause no symptoms, but others severely affect a woman’s quality of life.

Ways symptoms can affect you

Fibroids affect more than just blood circulation. They can make your periods heavier, longer and more frequent, which can limit your lifestyle.


Fibroids can be expensive if you have to pay for it

  • Sanitary towels
  • tampons
  • Underwear
  • Spill cleaning products
  • Consultations with healthcare professionals.
  • Treatments

Relationships and social life

If you feel pain or bleed profusely, your relationships may suffer

  • You might think it’s no fun being around you
  • Choosing what to wear could cause stress
  • Physical intimacy might be difficult

The job

Having fibroids at work causes challenges

  • It can be stressful if you can’t go to the bathroom when you need to.
  • Uniforms may not hide leaks
  • Severe cramps could make concentration difficult
  • The fear of losing your job due to absences can create anxiety

Mental health

Studies show that women with fibroids are more likely to suffer from depression or anxiety.

  • Feeling out of control can affect your mental health
  • Fear of going outside during your period could cause isolation
  • Fibroids can cause infertility-related stress or pressure to have children sooner

Medical problems related to fibroids

While fibroids don’t always cause symptoms, they can cause physical problems. These include:

  • Blood clots
  • Blockage of the ureters
  • infertility
  • pregnancy complications
  • Grave of anemia

If you have symptoms, you don’t just have to put up with the discomfort. For more information on bleeding management and treatment options, visit The White Dress Project.

This resource was prepared with financial support from Myovant Sciences GmbH and Pfizer.

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