Talking to Your Partner

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Talking to Your Partner

A healthy sex life when dealing with fibroids may take some flexibility, communication, and in some cases, treatment.

It’s not uncommon for the symptoms of uterine fibroids to affect a woman’s sex drive and sexual confidence. A woman’s body image can be affected due to fibroid symptoms such as bloating, an enlarged and distorted abdomen, and weight gain. Therefore, in order to work through these issues, it’s important to speak with your partner about your concerns.

By communicating openly about the impact that fibroids are having on your self-confidence, your partner can gain a better understanding and offer some support.

Believe it or not, many men and women are in the dark when it comes to uterine fibroids, so it may take a conversation or two to help your partner understand what you are experiencing and why.

Your partner may be unaware that you even have fibroids and that they are causing side effects like pain, menstrual cramps, irregular periods, or heavy bleeding during your menstrual cycle- all of which can affect every aspect of a woman’s life, including sex.

The psychological and emotional impact that fibroids can have, can interfere with self-esteem, self-confidence, and intimacy as well. Though talking with a supportive partner can help, sometimes it is helpful to also talk to a supportive friend, or therapist in order to process these emotions.

When it comes to experiencing pain during sex due to fibroids, oftentimes this is due to where the fibroids are located as well as the size and number of fibroids present.

If pain is experienced during sex because of fibroids, it’s important to make an appointment with your doctor to access the condition and learn about treatment options that may benefit you and your sexual health.

If the fibroid symptoms are less severe, or treatment is scheduled soon, some women can manage to enjoy sex in the meantime by working with their partner to find the sexual position or activity that is most comfortable for them.

Board-certified doctor of obstetrics and gynecology, Andrea Eisenberg, M.D. published an article in Health Central, that offers some excellent tips. They are:

1. Educate your partner.

Dr. Eisenberg even suggests bringing your partner to your next doctor appointment so that they can gain a better understanding of what you are experiencing.

2. Communicate with your partner before and during intercourse.

Sometimes just changing positions to something that is more comfortable can make all the difference.

3. Keep track of the timing.

Fibroids can cause irregular periods which can make this difficult, but keeping track of when periods do happen can be helpful in order to find the best time for sexual activity. This information can also be very helpful to share with your doctor.

4. Start or maintain a healthy diet.

Constipation is a common fibroid symptom that can definitely make anyone feel less in the mood. However, constipation can usually be resolved with a few dietary changes, such as adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet and drinking more water.

5. Use a lubricating ointment.

By using silicone or water-based lubrication, sex can be much more comfortable, as any anxiety around sex due to the fibroids can cause all sorts of adverse effects, such as vaginal dryness and as a result, increased pain.

Though all of these things can be helpful when dealing with fibroids and sex, the most helpful solution is to take action and seek treatment.

One effective treatment that does not come with the side effects and risks associated with medications, is Uterine Fibroid Embolization. To learn more about this procedure and to set up a consultation in order to find out if UFE could benefit you, call us at 301-622-5360.

 

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