Fibroids in the wrong place
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Uterine fibroids in the right (wrong) place can cause bowel compression and constipation. I wasted a lot of time adding more and more fiber to an already fiberadequate diet to the point where I developed diverticulosis from bowel pressure. A hysterectomy solved the problem completely. Wish I’d known sooner.
Thank you for writing. Fibroids are benign tumors of the uterus. They are very common: Up to 80 percent of women over 40 have them, although many don’t have any symptoms. The most common symptoms are bleeding, pelvic pain or pressure, or a pelvic mass noted by the woman. The vast majority of uterine masses are benign: There is a risk of a malignant tumor (sarcoma), but only about two cases per 1,000 women with symptomatic fibroids.
It is not a common presentation, but you are completely right that a fibroid in the posterior part of the uterus can press directly on the rectum. This can cause mechanical pressure, requiring increased straining to void. Fibroids also can bleed, causing anemia, and the iron tablets many women take to counteract this also can cause constipation.
Not all women with fibroids need surgery. They usually get smaller after menopause. However, very large or symptomatic fibroids can be treated surgically.
The booklet on constipation explains this common disorder and its treatments. Readers can order a copy by writing: Dr. Roach Book No. 504 628 Virginia Dr. Orlando, FL 32803 Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Can. with the recipient’s printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery.