Share Your Story
Thank you for sharing your story with us. We hope that COMPARE-UF can be a community of women who learn from one another’s experiences living with fibroids.
Here are some questions to consider to help you start:
- How did you first learn about fibroids?
- What symptoms were you having?
- How have fibroids affected your quality of life? Are there things you don’t do because of your fibroids?
- How have fibroids affected your family?
- Have you had any experiences with fibroids that you can laugh about now?
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How did you first learn about fibroids?
By an annual pelvic exam with a new primary care physician. She felt something abnormal in my abdomen and referred me to get an ultrasound
What symptoms were you having?
Lower back/ sacroiliac joint pain, urinary incontinence, abdominal/pelvic pain, some spotting between periods but no heavy bleeding.
How have fibroids affected your quality of life? Are there things you don’t do because of your fibroids?
I have constant low-grade pain in my lower abdomen. I have urinary urgency and some incontinence issues, although it has gotten better with a lot of focused attention on my transverse abdominal strength and pelvic floor. I have instances where there is severe tension in my abdomen and I cannot evacuate urinary or fecal matter, even though I know I need to and am getting the urgency feedback to go to the bathroom.
How have fibroids affected your family?
Yes. My mother had a hysterectomy (pre-menopause) in her mid-40’s.
Have you had any experiences with fibroids that you can laugh about now?
Not yet. Maybe, being less urinary incontinent?