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I Have Heavy Bleeding and Urinary Incontinence: Does That Mean I Have a Fibroid?

If you've found yourself dealing with heavy menstrual bleeding and unexpected urinary incontinence, you might wonder what’s causing your symptoms. While various factors can contribute to both of these issues, uterine fibroids could also be a culprit. 

The only way to know for sure what’s causing your heavy bleeding and urinary incontinence is through a pelvic exam and diagnostic imaging, such as ultrasounds. If you’re concerned about your menstrual cycle or incontinence, our expert team encourages you to visit us here at Fresno Fibroid Center to get to the bottom of your symptoms.

In the meantime, keep reading to learn more about the connection between fibroids, heavy bleeding, and urinary incontinence.

Could fibroids cause heavy bleeding?

Yes! In fact, heavy bleeding is one of the most common signs of uterine fibroids. According to an article published in the journal Frontiers in Reproductive Health, uterine fibroids can lead to heavy bleeding because they have increased vascular (blood vessels that supply the fibroid), and they’re prone to breakage and leakage. 

Fibroids can contribute to heavy bleeding in other ways, too. Depending on the size and location of your fibroid, your uterus may not be able to fully contract, which can lead to increased bleeding. Elevated prostaglandins (common with fibroids) can also contribute to increased or heavier bleeding.

Heavy bleeding isn’t just annoying. It can lead to fatigue and even anemia. In fact, fibroids are the leading cause of anemia in premenopausal women.

Could fibroids cause urinary incontinence?

Yes, fibroids can also contribute to urinary incontinence. Fibroids, depending on their size and location, can add additional pressure on your bladder. This pressure may result in increased frequency and urgency to urinate as well as occasional urinary leaks.  

If you find yourself rushing to the bathroom more frequently or experience sudden urges, don’t brush it off. Even if fibroids aren’t the culprit, other causes can still require treatment. Urinary tract infections, for example, are a common cause of incontinence. 

What to do if you have heavy bleeding and urinary incontinence

While fibroids can cause both heavy bleeding and incontinence, they aren’t the only reasons why you might experience these two symptoms, so it’s important to get an accurate diagnosis before moving forward. 

To determine if you have fibroids, our team conducts a thorough medical history review and a pelvic examination and may recommend imaging studies, such as an ultrasound, to assess your uterus and identify potential fibroids.

Here at Fresno Fibroid Center, our team offers a variety of treatment options, including both nonsurgical and surgical interventions. Drs. Balfour, Pruett, Tower, and Ng also perform uterine fibroid embolization, a minimally invasive, outpatient treatment that involves only a tiny incision in your wrist.

The bottom line: Fibroids do cause heavy bleeding and incontinence, and if they’re the source of your symptoms, our team can help you get to the bottom of your issues. 

Don’t let bothersome symptoms keep you from living life. Call us at 559-216-0746 or use our online booking tool to schedule your consultation today.

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