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A 36-year-old member asked:

what causes fibroids to grow?

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Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Estrogen: Fibroids grow when exposed to naturally occuring estrogen. Since estrogen levels "swing" to higher highs and lower lows as a woman gets into her mid 30's and 40's, fibroids tend to grow and cause symptoms at these ages.
Dr. Kevin Carson
Interventional Radiology 30 years experience
Unknown: No one knows for sure what causes a fibroid to permanently increase in size. In theory a temporary increase in size can be caused by increased blood flow during phases of the patients menstrual cycle.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

I think I might have fibroids - how can I tell?

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Dr. Patrick Weix
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Sonogram: Although a pelvic exam at your doctor's office can give a good indication, a sonogram (ultrasound) is the best test for identifying fibroids. Treatment will depend on the extent of your symptoms and future fertility desires.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What types of fibroids can be treated with the exablate 2000?

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Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Unclear: The exblate system uses MRI guided ultrasonic therapy to treat fibroids. To date, about 6500 women have undergone this procedure. It is not yet considered standard therapy. We look forward to new data to help us understand success rates and the ideal patient for this type of treatment.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Where can fibroids grow?

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Dr. Kenneth Adler
Family Medicine 40 years experience
In the uterus: Fibroids are benign muscular growths that can occur in the wall of the uterus. They can occur on the inside of the wall, right in the middle, or on the outside. Commonly they cause no symptoms, but they can cause pain and/or bleeding, especially if they are large.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How are fibroids treated?

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Dr. Sarab Alfata
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Different treatment: Surgical removal, watchfull waiting, if small and asymptomatic hormonal treatment, to control the bleeding non-steroidal anti inflammatory medication like ibuprofen. To control the pain.
Dr. Lillian Schapiro
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Not all fibroids need to be treated. Treatment depends on what problems they are causing. If they are large, removal may be best. Removing just the fibroid (s) is called a myomectomy. These can be done with a traditional incision or the laparoscope or the da Vinci robot. Sometimes fibroids can be embolized. Some can be reached and removed going in just vaginally. Develop a treament plan with your gynecologist.
Aug 28, 2012
Dr. Lyndon Taylor
Obstetrics and Gynecology 43 years experience
Magnetic resonance imaging guided focused ultrasound ablation is a non-invasive, outpatient procedure, which uses high doses of focused ultrasound waves to destroy uterine fibroid's without affecting the surrounding tissue. This is performed by a radiologist. A MRI is needed to see if your fibroid qualifies for treatment.
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0000, PA
A 36-year-old female asked:

Does eating popcorn cause fibroids to grow larger ?

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Dr. Bryan Treacy
Gynecology 35 years experience
No: I've actually never heard this one. Fibroids are estrogen dependent and grow in response to increased estrogen exposure.

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