For some women with fibroid tumors, sexual intercourse can be painful. Fibroids come in different sizes, and fibroids can also form in different portions or layers of the uterus. When fibroids are located near the cervix, they can cause so much pain that a woman will avoid certain sexual positions or avoid having sex entirely. In some cases, fibroids near the cervix may also cause women to experience post-intercourse bleeding.
New Relief for Painful Intercourse
Of course, women with fibroids are not the only ones who experience painful intercourse. According to a new study in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, evidence suggests that women with chronic sexual pain who were given Gabapentin (a fibromyalgia drug also used to target oral nerve pain) experienced relief from sexual pain.
The women included in this study had a condition known as vulvodynia, a chronic problem characterized bu stinging, burning and itching at the entry to the vagina. The condition is often worsened by sexual intercourse, or even by the use of tampons.
With the fibromyalgia drug Gabapentin, the 230 women included in the stuy experienced less pain; their arousal and sexual satisfaction levels also improved. Of course, the pain of vulvodynia does not have the same underlying cause as the pain of fibroids, but one factor does unite the two issues: tightness and discomfort in the pelvic region. Gabapentin appears to help women by alleviating pelvic pain, a symptom experienced by many women with fibroids.
Pain Management Vs. Problem Solving
Not all women are ready to treat their fibroids immediately after receiving a diagnosis. Wisely, they want to research all their treatment options, and decide which course of action is best for their long term health and fertility goals. For women like these, who decide to lay surgical or non-invasive fibroid treatments like UFE, finding new ways to manage symptoms like painful intercourse will be very important.