The effects of fibroids can go beyond the physical symptoms. Living with fibroids can have a significant emotional impact, as singer FKA twigs acknowledged when she recently spoke about her experiences with the condition.
The Emotional Impact of Fibroids
Fibroids can affect your mental wellbeing in a variety of ways. Many women have to wait a long time to get the right diagnosis. Some may endure their symptoms for years believing them to be a normal part of the menstrual cycle. Others may have their problems dismissed or misdiagnosed by GPs before finally being referred to a gynaecologist. All this can take a significant toll on your mental wellbeing even before you get the diagnosis. Once you begin treatment, you should find that your symptoms improve but you may still experience some problems. The symptoms of fibroids can be tough whether you know the cause or not. You may struggle with pain, heavy bleeding, disrupted sleep and discomfort during sex. In addition, some of the treatment options can add to your worries, especially if your doctor recommends surgery or you are considering a hysterectomy and what that decision will mean for your fertility.
What You Can Do?
If you are affected by fibroids then it is important to treat your mental wellbeing with just as much care as your physical health:
- See a gynaecologist if you have menstrual symptoms that are affecting your daily life so that you can get a diagnosis and start treatment as soon as possible
- Talk to someone about how you feel, whether it is a friend, someone from an online support group, or a therapist
- Exercise can be great for your mental health and may also help with fibroids symptoms
- Make sure you are eating well and try to get plenty of sleep
- Ask for help if you are struggling with the emotional effects of fibroids, especially if you suspect that you might be depressed.