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do large uterine fibroids (22 cm) shrink after menopause and how much, if they do? i am a 50 yr old caucasion. i was thinking of waiting until menopause and lettingt it shrink. it isn't causing any problems other than bulk related which i can handle. my d

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Dr. Mary Engrav
Dr. Mary Engravanswered
Emergency Medicine 31 years experience
Leiomyomas : Leiomyomas of the uterus (fibroids) sometimes shrink after menopause, but some women have them actually enlarge. It sounds like yours are very large which concerns me. I would recommend following your doctors advice, or at least obtaining a second opinion, because it sounds like your doctor is concerned they may compress your ureters which could cause kidney damage. Please be re-evaluated or at least seek a second opinion as I am concerned by that.
Dr. Kenan Omurtag
Obstetrics and Gynecology 15 years experience
If the problems are: Not affected your daily routine then it would be reasonable to defer. They do shrink after menopause and can shrink by >50% but speak to your gynecologist about this becuase if you start having irregular bleeding or you feel like your abdomen is growing rapidly (due to growth of the fibroids) these could be signs of malignancy and would necessitate removal.

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Do fibroids have an impact pregnancy?

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Dr. Serena Chen
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Yes: Most women with fibroids do not have problems conceiving and can have a safe and healthy pregnancy. However, sometimes fibroids can cause significant fertility and pregnancy issues. Many women wonder if they should have surgery before conceiving. This is a very individualized decision. Please talk with your gyn or a reproductive endocrinologist. Consider a second opinion before major surgery.
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How will uterine fibroids influence my pregnancy?

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If the umbilical cord was wrapped around my baby's neck does that mean he was suffocating in the womb?

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A 30-year-old member asked:

What are the specific screening recommendations for women before menopause?

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Dr. Alan Patterson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 42 years experience
??????: At age 30 you are about 20-21 yrs away from the avg age of menopause, you should be getting a pelvic and pap with breast exam every year std screening can also be done at that visit, i rec my pts to do month self breast exam after the period, baseline mammogram at age 35 if no one feels a lump or anything abnormal before that, multi- vitamin with calcium and vit d every day, eat healthy, don'tsmok.
A 40-year-old member asked:

I have uterine cancer and also diabetic and high cholesterol. What will help me?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Not suitable for a : Short answer. Each of the three problems you listed are serious and not suitable for a short answer. Please consult your doctor. You have my sympathy and best wishes.

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