Acid reflux may be caused by large uterine fibroids.
Acid reflux and fibroids
There are many things that may cause the discomfort of acid reflux. But if you have fibroids, you should be aware of the reflux connection. Acid is produced by the stomach to break down the food that passes into it.
Acid reflux generally occurs due to a malfunction of the lower esophageal sphincter, which lies between the esophagus and the stomach. Normally, as food passes through the esophagus to the stomach, the sphincter opens to let the food pass through. Then it closes immediately after in order to prevent acid from the stomach from traveling into the esophagus.
However, when the sphincter does not properly close, the stomach acid, has the opportunity to travel into the esophagus, creating the burning pain of acid reflux.
Large fibroids in the uterus can exacerbate the problem by making it more difficult for the sphincter to close properly. Fibroids are very common and, most of the time, grow without creating any symptoms. However, for some women, fibroids can cause severe symptoms, ranging from heavy bleeding during their periods to pelvic pain and pressure and painful sex.
If a fibroid grows large enough, it can even begin to put pressure on the abdomen. This pressure can cause gas and bloating, difficulty urinating or other symptoms. If pressure from the fibroid makes it difficult for the sphincter to work correctly, it can also cause acid reflux.
Treat fibroids to alleviate symptoms
Women who want to manage their acid reflux should avoid alcohol and carbonated beverages. They should steer clear of acidic foods such as citrus and tomatoes. It’s important to sit up for a while after eating, to encourage the food to travel to the stomach.
If acid reflux is being exacerbated by large fibroids in the uterus, you’ll need to treat your fibroids to alleviate the symptoms.
Fibroid treatment involves shrinking or removing the fibroids.
Because there are a variety of treatments for fibroids, it is important that women discuss their choices with their doctors. While fibroid treatment can take the form of major surgery, many women today opt for uterine fibroid embolization or UFE. This minimally invasive procedure has a 90 percent success rate, a lower rate of complications and a faster recovery time than surgery.
The doctors at VIVA EVE have years of experience in the treatment of both uterine fibroids and adenomyosis and are specialists in UFE. We provide high-quality, personalized care for each and every patient we see. We will partner with you to determine the best way to treat your problematic symptoms.