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A 51-year-old female asked:

my uterus measures 16.3 by 6.3 by 9.1 cm fibroids measure 5.5 cm 2.6 cm 4.6 today i am 51 have not gone through menopause. can i wait for a hysterectomy? in august of this year it measured 9.5 by 15.2 by 6.0 has it grown that much in 4 months

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Dr. John Berryman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 54 years experience
"fibroid" surgery: Unless you are having severe bleeding with your periods, even with an enlarged fibroid uterus there is no need for immediate surgery. Your estrogen levels at 51 are usually very high, and fibroids grow with that stimulus. Ask your gyn physician about low dose oral bcp's, since menopause average is 54-56, and this will decrease ovarian estrogen, with slowing or stopping fibroid growth.

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