Female Sexual Dysfunction

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Female Sexual Dysfunction

We’ve all seen the commercials for Viagra, Cialis, and several other drugs to treat male sexual dysfunction. But what about female sexual dysfunction? And can uterine fibroids contribute to this?

The answer: Yes.

Not only are fibroids uncomfortable, but they come with a slew of symptoms that can be detrimental to a woman’s sexual health.

After all, who wants to engage in any sort of sexual activity when they are experiencing pelvic pressure, pain, and heavy bleeding?

Those aren’t quite the symptoms of desire.

Nor are the following fibroid symptoms which can wreak havoc on a sex life such as:


Vaginal dryness:

The hormone imbalances underlying fibroid growth can cause vaginal dryness, and the friction of vaginal penetration can lead to the irritation and tearing of those delicate tissues which can make sex painful and even harmful.


Irregular periods:

One of the unfortunate realities of having uterine fibroids is that they can cause abnormally long and heavy periods as well as bleeding in between cycles. This excessive blood flow can make intercourse or any type of vaginal contact awkward and unpleasant.


Fatigue and loss of energy:

In some cases, the heavy bleeding caused by fibroids can be so severe that it leads to anemia, and even occasionally requires blood transfusions.

Anemia, and the nausea and headaches that come with it, can cause dizziness, weakness, and fatigue, all of which can greatly diminish libido.


Frequent urination:

Frequent urination is caused by fibroids pressing on the bladder, leading to an increase in urinary frequency, and urgency, and can even lead to incontinence.

Fibroids can also block the ureters (tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder), resulting in kidney problems and urinary tract infections amongst other health issues.

It’s hard to get intimate when you’re feeling the constant urge to urinate, or experiencing the pain of a UTI.

As if that isn’t enough, fibroids can also affect a woman’s sex life by causing or exacerbating body image issues.

In our next article, we will take a look at the effect that having uterine fibroids can have on a woman’s body image, and we will offer some valuable suggestions on how to cope with this and other sexual health problems related to having fibroids.

We will also look at some of the best treatment methods for treating fibroids without adversely affecting sexual health and wellness.

 

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