As the cold weather is heralded in by winter’s reemergence, you and your neighbors will undoubtedly don heavier coats, gloves, and all manner of warmth-retaining clothes.
The cold, after all, can hurt your bare skin and enhance your outdoor discomfort.
But what if it was not only outside of yourself — what if the cold reached in a little further to exacerbate the pain of your uterine fibroids? And, more importantly, can it?
Fibroid Pain? Meet Chronic Pain.
As fibroids grow larger on or around the uterus, they inevitably begin to distend and exert pressure on surrounding organs, thereby generating pelvic pain, pressure, and bloating in addition to a variety of other symptoms, such as:
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Leg and back pain
- Urinary incontinence
- And more
But do uterine fibroids cause chronic pain?
“Chronic pelvic pain in women is defined as persistent, noncyclic pain perceived to be in structures related to the pelvis and lasting more than six months,” according to a study published by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).
Thus, should a woman’s uterine fibroids cause her pelvic pain for more than six months, one may conclude that their chronic pelvic pain is fibroid-related.
Weaving Weather Into The Picture
Consequently, we return to the question at hand: Can cold weather make fibroid-related pain worse?
In short, there is no straightforward answer, as researchers have yet to conduct and publish peer-reviewed studies on the matter. However, “women seem to be more sensitive to weather conditions in association with physical symptoms, especially higher humidity and lower temperature,” research conducted in 2018 states.
Moreover, scientists and medical professionals have noted a correlation between cold weather and chronic pelvic pain in general.
Specifically, a 2012 study sought to shed light on the association between the two by providing a symptom-related questionnaire to patients who suffered from chronic pelvic pain.
“There was a highly marked relationship between season and pain intensity as reported by the informants: it was experienced to be three times more intense during the winter months,” the study says. “All subjects reported that a temperature drop was associated with deterioration.”
Certified Solutions & Satisfaction
While we cannot say with certainty whether or not a woman will experience intensity in her pain as a result of dropping temperatures outdoors, we can still acknowledge the lasting impact uterine fibroids may have on her overall comfort and day-to-day life.
Moreover, we can also point to vascular treatments as a solution to her affliction.
Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is a minimally-invasive treatment option wherein a woman’s interventional radiologist will effectively block blood flow to the fibroid(s) in question, thereby depriving it of nutrients and causing it to shrink.
Thus, her pain will subside, as well.
To learn more about UFE, or if you have further questions regarding other vascular conditions and options for treatment, contact Vascular Solutions of North Carolina today! We’re proud to offer industry-leading care in a state-of-the-art outpatient clinic.