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uterine fibroids

A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Weissberg
54 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Unknown: Fibroids are benign muscle tumors of the uterus. No one knows their cause. Like many tumors (ie: breast lumps) their cause is unknown.

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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marc Hirsch
51 years experience in Family Medicine
No: They are fibrous masses that take up space in your uterus, can cause excessive uterine bleeding, but do not affect sex.
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Allison Urrutia
13 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Not likely: Uterine fibroids are benign growths of muscle from the uterine wall. Growth of fibroids is usually in response to hormones. Many women have uterine fi ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. J Mendez
Dr. J Mendez answered
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Fibroids: Treating fibroids depends on multiple factors and I would suggest you consult a physician for your specifics. The main issue though is what problems i ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carolyn Thompson
27 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Bleeding, cramping: Uterine fibroids are benign growths in the uterus that can cause heavier, longer menstrual periods. Increased cramping with periods is also a symptom ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Schifilliti
38 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Ultrasound &/or exam: Ultrasound can determine if there are fibroids, so can a pelvic exam in many cases. A better question is: why is this an issue? Some studies show that ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Caren Reaves
23 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Depends: The "best" treatment depends on many things. Do they bother you? Are you done having kids? Are they growing rapidly? You definitely need to discuss op ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Yes: Fibroids are extremely common and there is a genetic predisposition or tendency to develop them. Fibroids are the #1 cause of hysterectomy. In one stu ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Traub
18 years experience in Fertility Medicine
No: Fibroids themselves are tumors but not cancerous. However, once is a while a uterine cancer can appear similar to a fibroid and it is possible to beli ... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Parul Krishnamurthy
33 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: But they can undergo degeneration of various forms
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Wilson
12 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Any: But usually those >4cm likely to be symptomatic. Any fibroid that is dying (necrosis) can cause severe pains. Doctors always should consider othe ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Renee Harris
36 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
It can be: Depending on the location and size of the tumors, many women experience back aches.
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Dr. Adam Newman
28 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Potentially: The the goal is to minimize blood flow to the fibroids (and uterus), the decrease in blood supply can negatively impact fertility. Or, more specifical ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenan Omurtag
14 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Not really: They are two separate pathologies...Not uncommon for them to coexist but. As one nears menopause, endometriosis and its symptoms will recede, but endo ... Read More
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A 68-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
33 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Path report: Is this a biopsy? Are you bleeding? Results of a hysteroscopic procedure? Go to the post procedure follow up and discuss the next step with your gyn p ... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracy Lovell
20 years experience in Rheumatology
See below: Depending on number and size, you might be a candidate a uterine artery embolization which can shrink the fibroids with surgery. However; sometimes h ... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Lawson
27 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Bleeding: Since its a focal area its more likely to be adenomyosis, which typically gets progressively worse as you age. However, you're also at the age when o ... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
Depends: Many women have fibroids with no symptoms. Other women have pain or heavy bleeding. Your doctor can help evaluate with an exam and/or ultrasound.
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Adam Newman
28 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Because if you are not yet menopausal, then you are still making estrogen in your ovaries. The amount you will get in an over the counter vitamin is l ... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Enggano
11 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
It means fibroids: Fibroids are non-cancerous growths of the muscular layer of the uterus. They are hormonally driven and can grow in size and cause problems for many w ... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Toppin
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Depends: If you have a total hysterectomy (uterus and cervix removed) no they will not . If you have a supracervical hysterectomy(leave the stu ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Lutz
38 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Sometimes: Depending on where the tumor is located can cause problems with pregnancy. If it is inside inner lining of uterus (submucosal) then may have problem ... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
21 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Expected : At 48 some menstrual irregularity is expected as one approaches menopause. Fibroids can cause cramps.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ali Khazaei
23 years experience in Gynecology
No: These are completely different entities. Both may cause infertility and pain and irregular periods, but there is no relationship between these 2.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Finke
14 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
As many as 40%: At autopsy, as many as 40% of women have evidence of fibroids. Fibroids are usually benign tumors of the uterus that are not symptomatic. Sometimes ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rebecca Gray
13 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Pelvic exam and ultrasound are the best ways to determine if you have fibroids. Some fibroids are asymptomatic and are usually found when an ultrasoun ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nicholas Fogelson
Specializes in Gynecology
Multifactorial: Fibroids are non-cancerous muscle tumors of the uterus. They develop because of a mutation in a uterine muscle cell that causes that cell to lose con ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rebecca Gliksman
37 years experience in Internal Medicine
Fibroids: Sometimes yes. Sometimes it can make implantation difficult. The fibroids alone can be removed in myomectomy. F/U with Ob
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
31 years experience in Family Medicine
Yes: It all depends on the size of the fibroid. Howeve fibroids can cause miscarriages and prevent pregnancy.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Seth Derman
32 years experience in Fertility Medicine
No: Neither abortions nor miscarriages cause uterine fibroids. They are tumors of the smooth muscle of the uterus that develop in some women for unknown r ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Rhoads
37 years experience in Family Medicine
Not necessarily.: Many, many women have fibroids as they get older. Most don't even know they have them. If you are having symptoms due to them, like heavy periods, e ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. J Mendez
Dr. J Mendez answered
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Fibroids: The answer depends on the specifics of your situation and findings. The easiest scenario is the person who has a solitary fibroid that is not signific ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Dang
13 years experience in Radiology
Yes: Mri is very good for detection of uterine fibroids. It can determine the size & locations of the fibroids. It can show if the fibroid is degenerated o ... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
no: A pap smear is rather limited to assessing the cells of the external cervix for signs of transformation toward cancer.The other problems mentioned are ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Weix
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Spectrum of Options: Ibuprofen or other nsaids are the best first line option to treat painful cycles with fibroids. If the fibroids are large and may be degenerating, pai ... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Sisselman
24 years experience in Internal Medicine
Fibroids: Uterine Fibroids are benign growth of Uterine tissue. There are different treatments based on age and child bearing status. You should consult with ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Guy VanDell
22 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Certainly hormone therapy, and surgery can be used, but many fibroids can be managed conservatively. The robot assisted removal has improved outco ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Patterson
41 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
NO: You need script meds or surgery.
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
42 years experience in Gynecology
Not likely: No medication or procedure will completely get rid of fibroids, though some may help them to shrink and thus reduce bleeding. Medications include gnr ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ian Taras
Dr. Ian Taras answered
28 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Genetic Predisposed: There is probably a large genetic component and they are working on gene therapy, but that is a way off. Fibroid "food" is estrogen, so often unoppos ... Read More
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