Sports and Uterine Fibroids: Friends or Enemies?

Sports and Uterine Fibroids: Friends or Enemies?
Parviz Soomekh Anesthesiologist Forest Hills, NY

Dr. Parviz Soomekh, M.D. is a board-certified anesthesiologist with over 10 years of experience in providing anesthesia solutions to a wide range of surgical specialties, including Interventional Radiology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Vascular. He has extensive experience in administering anesthesia for ambulatory procedures... more

Uterine fibroids is quite a common condition in women of childbearing age. These are non-malignant growths in the uterine layers. Very often, they grow without any symptoms. Of course, when diagnosed, they will require regular medical control even though they don’t bring any serious problems.

Being so widely spread, the disease is still covered by a veil of mystery. Nobody knows the exact reason why fibroids start growing in a female’s body. Research has revealed the provoking factors that increase the chances of fibroid growth.

The Provoking Factors of Fibroid Appearance

Among these factors are both clinical and lifestyle issues. They are:

  • Hormonal imbalance (uterine fibroids proved to be hormonally dependent and usually after menopause, the disease stabilizes or regresses)
  • Surgical interventions
  • Chronic inflammatory processes
  • Stresses
  • Obesity
  • Fatigue
  • Sedentary lifestyle

The last item means that physical activity is a necessary part of a healthy person’s daily routine. But how do you manage it if you already have fibroids? Let’s see what you can do.

Are Sports and Uterine Fibroids Compatible?

They are, but there are also some rules to follow so as to not harm yourself. Follow them while choosing your physical activities:

  • Your pulse must not exceed more than 30% above your normal one.
  • Two months after starting your exercises, a doctor should examine you.
  • Avoid significant abdominal pressure (like push-ups).

If the fibroids don’t progress, you can increase the strain gradually. And before you start, consultation with your doctor is a must.

Which Sports Are Better Options for Fibroid Patients?

Here are the top activities for women with uterine fibroids:

  • Swimming
  • Treadmill
  • Speed-walking
  • Cycling
  • Skiing

Swimming is a very useful exercise for the entire body; if combined with aerobics, it’s even better. You can also do jogging if you want, but control your pulse. Pilates and yoga will also be a perfect choice. You should always start at a beginner’s level.

What Sports Activities Are Not an Option?

There are also sports that are totally not recommended for women with uterine fibroids:

  • Powerlifting (more than 7 lb. of weight)
  • Hoop with weights
  • Jumping
  • Abdominal strain exercises

In addition, it is not recommended to use slimming creams and correcting belts. These things interfere with normal blood circulation and affect uterine fibroids negatively. If a woman has clearly manifested symptoms like severe pain, bleeding, weakness, and nausea, she should avoid physical exercises.

Participating in sports is a good prophylaxis against multiple diseases. It improves blood circulation, helps control weight and generally makes you feel better. Still, in the case with fibroids, it is necessary to consult a uterine fibroid specialist before starting your exercises.