How many times have you seen advertisements for the ‘latest’ fitness craze? Whether it’s anti-gravity aerial fitness training, obstacle course training or trampoline workouts, there seems to be a never-ending list of new things to try to keep in shape. In reality though, how many of these will work if you are dealing with heavy bleeding or other symptoms of uterine fibroids on a daily basis?

What are the exercise limitations with Uterine fibroids?

Some of the main symptoms of uterine fibroids include heavy bleeding, pain, discomfort and tightness of the pelvic area and fatigue1-4.How effective or enjoyable will your fitness regime be, if you have to stop for one week a month (potentially longer)?
The first rule of any exercise routine is that it has to be something you like doing, otherwise you won’t stick to it. What you need is something gentle enough not to cause additional pain, as high impact sports and heavy resistance training will be very uncomfortable for the majority of sufferers and even swimming becomes a seemingly impossible task when faced with heavy bleeding.

What CAN I do then?

Many women have found yoga and pilates techniques helpful as they are gentle and some postures can work on the abdominal area without causing pain. In addition, don’t forget about walking. It’s free, you can go at your own pace and you can be out in the fresh air in all seasons.

So, can I ever get back to intensive exercise?

In order to expand your exercise options, you need to be dealing with the symptoms of uterine fibroids. Please speak to your doctor about all the options available to you in order to manage your symptoms. Managing these symptoms is the first step; the second step is to ask yourself if you are actually daring enough to try an anti-gravity aerial fitness class.

1 Borah BJ, et al. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2013;209(4):319.e1–319.e20.
2 Gupta S, et al. Best Pract Res Clin Obstet Gynaecol 2008;22(4):615–626.
3 Bukulmez O and Doody KJ. Obstet Gynecol Clin North Am 2006;33(1):69–84.
4 Spies JB, et al. Obstet Gynecol 2002;99:290–300.