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what happens if fibroids go untreated

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Dr. Ted Anderson
27 years experience Gynecology
Maybe nothing: Depending on where the fibroids are located and how big they are, they can cause problems like abnormal bleeding, pain, infertility, and "mass effect" ... Read More

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A 30-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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Dr. John Lipman
35 years experience Radiology
For most nothing: 1 in 3 women of childbearing age have fibroids and up to 80% of african-american women have them. For most women the fibroids will be asymptomatic and ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Halin
38 years experience Radiology
Maybe nothing: If the fibroids are not causing symptoms then there is no need to seek treatment. Fibroids do not become cancer so they can just be left alone if they ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Halin
38 years experience Radiology
Not usually.: Fibroids are benign, estrogen mediated tumors. They can start forming at puberty and can form all the way to menopause. Some will get so large tha ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Woods
27 years experience Pathology
Yes.: A woman can have fibroids and not even know it. As they get bigger, they can be painful, and so they are removed. But women can go anywhere with the ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Lipman
35 years experience Radiology
In menopause: Fibroids are often asymptomatic. If they do not cause any symptoms, no treatment is necessary. They typically go away on their own when a woman goes i ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert WorthingtonKirsch
34 years experience Phlebology
Partially: Spontaneous infarction of fibroids is common, and may result in decrease in the size of the fibroid and/or decrease in fibroid-related symptoms.
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Abraham Morse
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The tissue: In the fibroid does not have sufficient blood supply and so it begins to die (degenerate). This can cause pain and fever and abdominal tenderness. ... Read More
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Dr. Zachary Veres
17 years experience Family Medicine
Fibroids: Depending on if they cause pain or bleeding i would leave them alone and just monitor them regularly. Surgery is about the only good option out there ... Read More
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Dr. Ely Brand
Dr. Ely Brand answered
43 years experience Gynecologic Oncology
Asymptomatic : Asymptomatic fibroids do not need surgery with few exceptions. 1. Growing after menopause. Remove because of risk of sarcoma. Sarcomas are very rare a ... Read More

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