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Can birth control pills shrink fibroids?

Can birth control pills shrink fibroids?

May treat symptoms: Many women have uterine fibroids--a benign smooth muscle tumor. Most have no symptoms, but some women have heavy bleeding or pain. Birth control pills can often treat both bleeding and pain associated with fibroids, and thus are helpful. Fibroids generally do not cause fibroids to grow--and use of the pill may protect against the future development of fibroids. ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan
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Fibroids (Definition)

Uterine fibroids are the most common pelvic tumor in women. 1 of every 3 women of child-bearing age have these tumors and up to 80% of african-american women have fibroids. They are often asymptomatic but they can also cause significant symptoms. It is the most common cause of heavy menstrual bleeding. Pelvic pain and increased urinary frequency ...Read more


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What does birth control do to fibroids on the uterus?

What does birth control do to fibroids on the uterus?

Decrease bleeding: Depends on the size of the fibroid within the uterus, pills can help decrease the bleeding and maintain the fibroid size and sometimes shrink it. However, large fibroids may not respond to medications and may require other medications or surgical procedures.
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Are there any teas or herbs that I can use to help reduce uterine fibroids as alternative to birth control?

No: Uterine fibroids are a common tumor of the smooth muscle portion of the uterus. They grow in response to the hormones estrogen and progesterone. There is no herbal remedy that will decrease their size or impact on your cycles or bleeding. ...Read more

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Are there any birth control options that help prevent uterine fibroids? What features make them effective?

Are there any birth control options that help prevent uterine fibroids?  What features make them effective?

None: There are no birth control options that prevent fibroids. Most can help the bleeding symptoms associated with fibroids. ...Read more

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With fibroids, I have irregular bleeding and started taking birth control for 4 days to regulate my cycle. I am still bleeding a little. Will it work?

May or may not: There is conflicting data regarding this approach. Some patients do well but some do not. It also depends on the size and number of fibroids. ...Read more

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Just found out recently that i have Uterine fibroid. I'm on the nexplanon birth control could that have been what caused the Uterine fibroid?

Not likely: Fibroids are overgrowth of uterine tissue. They are often treated with OCP's because the pills Lower the overall amount of female hormones. While their effect on fibroid growth is controversial and Not Very Much, they can lower the overall length/extent of menses and lower symptoms. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between a uterine fibroid and polyp? I took birth control pills on and off for a couple months.

Ultrasound: Using ultrasound your doctor can usually tell the difference between a polyp and a fibroid. Sometimes this can be challenging and a special ultrasound which uses saline infusion can be done. This is called a sonohystogram. This allows better visualization of the inside or cavity of the uterus. If we still are not sure we can look directly using a video camera called a hysteroscope. ...Read more

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They did a pelvic ultrasound and found a fibroid, size of a golf ball. I am on birth control would this affect my test results?

They did a pelvic ultrasound and found a fibroid, size of a golf ball.  I am on birth control would this affect my test results?

No: While fibroids will grow with exogenous estrogen found in bc pills, it wouldn't affect the exam. The most important issue is if u have any symptoms (exs. Heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain, increased urinary frequency) or not. For more info go to atlii.com. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have spotting between periods while on the birth control pill, i also suffer from fibroids?

Breakthrough bleed: Very common to have this with fibroids with and without use of the pill. Also, low dose pills can result in this type of bleeding. ...Read more

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How do I tell my ob that I want to have a d&c? I'm 10 w preg & have painful fibroids & do not want a child. My birth control failed. (Ortho Evra)

How do I tell my ob that I want to have a d&c? I'm 10 w preg & have painful fibroids & do not want a child. My birth control failed. (Ortho Evra)

Fibroids - pregnancy: Most of the fibroid growth occurs in the first trimester, with little if any further increase in size during the second and third trimesters.
Most pregnant women with fibroids do not have any complications during pregnancy related to the fibroids. When complications occur, pain is the most common complication. The frequency of pain correlates with increasing fibroid size. ...Read more

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I have fibroids. I started taking birth control for 4 days to regulate my menstrual period and I still have a little of bleeding. Should I worry?

I have fibroids. I started taking birth control for 4 days to regulate my menstrual period and I still have a little of bleeding. Should I worry?

Fibroids: Give it some more time to assess if OCPs will help to stop bleeding. Some patients benefit from this approach but unfortunately it does not help others. You are young and it seems reasonable to try it before deciding to do any invasive procedure. ...Read more

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Which choice would be better for fibroid tumors. The Depo-Provera shot or the birth control pill? If my fibroids shouldn't be hurting this bad what can be?

Which choice would be better for fibroid tumors. The Depo-Provera shot or the birth control pill? If my fibroids shouldn't be hurting this bad what can be?

Your fibroids: Could be hurting that bad, if the pain is from the fibroids those 2 meds will not shrink or treat the fibroids, those 2 meds can stop your periods so you won't bleed or have pain on your period if they work in your case which they may or may not. ...Read more

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I am on continuous birth control pills mainly due to uterine fibroids. All of a sudden this week I'm having a period. I have not missed a pill or been more than 2 hours late taking a pill. Is this something I should be concerned about?

I am on continuous birth control pills mainly due to uterine fibroids. All of a sudden this week I'm having a period. I have not missed a pill or been more than 2 hours late taking a pill. Is this something I should be concerned about?

Possibly: I'm assuming that you were given birth control pills continuously as an inexpensive way to control abnormal bleeding. You are experiencing breakthrough bleeding on the pill which is common. Birth control pills contain estrogen and progesterone, which may make your fibroid grow. My concern in your case is this: have you had a workup of your fibroid's with CBC, ultrasound, MRI, and hysteroscopy. ...Read more

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I have had abnormal monthly bleeding for 3+ yrs. I tried birth control pills, had a hysterosonogram which showed polyps and fibroid. I had a dnc and the abnormal bleeding stopped for 3mths, then it came back. Md stumped. Ideas?

I have had abnormal monthly bleeding for 3+ yrs. I tried birth control pills, had a hysterosonogram which showed polyps and fibroid. I had a dnc and the abnormal bleeding stopped for 3mths, then it came back. Md stumped. Ideas?

Dysmenorrhea: At age 30, the likely causes are the cervical polyp and/or the fibroid. These tend to bleed and heal and bleed again. If the D&C debrided all the tissue, then it is a mystery. Possibly, the procedure left behind some abnormal remnants of the fibroid, and may need to be re debrided. Sometimes, ocs are prescribed for individuals who continue to have abnormal periods. If that doesn't work, D&C again? ...Read more

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Cyclic breast and abd pain, ultrasound showed fibroids and cysts, breast pain EXTREME, left always worse. Any other treatments besides birth control?

Cyclic breast and abd pain, ultrasound showed fibroids and cysts, breast pain EXTREME, left always worse. Any other treatments besides birth control?

Fibrocystic disease: NSAIDS would help. also, you can put some ice packs/cold compress to the breast. Cut down certain food/beverages like coffee/caffeinated beverages, tea, mints, chocolate as they can cause breast tenderness. Take care. ...Read more

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Hello, I am a victim of irregular periods. Everytime I go to OBGYN they try to put me on Birth control pills. Because I would bleed so bad I don't have fibroid or endometriosis I want more kids in the future and it's so hard to get pregnant. Help me?

Hello, I am a victim of irregular periods. Everytime I go to OBGYN they try to put me on Birth control pills. Because I would bleed so bad I don't have fibroid or endometriosis I want more kids in the future and it's so hard to get pregnant. Help me?

Current goals: The first step is to determine your immediate goals. If you desires pregnancy right now then your Obgyn can focus on treatment plans to assist ovulation. If your immediate goal is cycle regulation or treatment of heavy periods then options such as Mirena IUD or other forms of contraception should be investigated ...Read more

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Have fiborids, have been place on provera (medroxyprogesterone) to stop bleeding, did not work, now placed on birth control, day 4 still bleeding help?

Have fiborids, have been place on provera (medroxyprogesterone) to stop bleeding, did not work, now placed on birth control, day 4 still bleeding help?

May need surgery: If you taking a high dose of birth control pills, which is 3 or 4 pills PER DAY, and the bleeding is still not stopping then your only choice may be some sort of surgery. You will need to discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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What happens to a ovarian cyst and fibroid after birth?

Usually nothing: Birth has little to do with other problems of the uterus or ovary. Sometimes fibroids can get in the way of birth or can cause pain after. Naturally there are many variables and a particular case needs to be handled by a doctor. For more info see webmd. ...Read more

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If you have fibroid and you want to take it out and still give birth is that going to pose any threat to ur womb?

It depends: On the size and position of the fibroid. If the fibroid is large and/or extends deep into the wall of the uterus, the surgery to remove it may commit you to cesarean with future pregnancies. This is because incisions made in the upper (contracting) portion of the uterus have a greater risk of bursting during labor. In that case, cesarean before labor is the safer option. ...Read more

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I have a 6.6 x 4.6cm intramural fibroid that is lying at the leading edge of my placenta I'm worried about labour can it cause a lot of bleeding after birth? What are the chances?

I have a 6.6 x 4.6cm intramural fibroid that is lying at the leading edge of my placenta I'm worried about labour can it cause a lot of bleeding after birth? What are the chances?

Possible: Anything like a fibroid can potentially lead to postpartum bleeding. It is hard to give a percentage as there are so many variables. Your doctor has a number of techniques and medicines available in case this happens. ...Read more

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Can one give birth with fibroid?

Yes: Fibroids are common, reported to occur in up to 70% of all women. Vaginal birth is possible depending upon location & size of the fibroid(s). There are instances where fibroid location & size prevent descent of the baby which may result in a recommendation for cesarean delivery. ...Read more

Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Contraception (Definition)

Contraceptiion is a means of preventing conception (or fertilization). There are hormonal and non hormonal methods of preventing sperm and egg from meeting. Talk to your doctor or clinic about what options are best for you. There are short acting methods (condoms, pills, patch, ring) and long ...Read more


Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Fibroid (Definition)

A leiomyomata(fibroid) is a smooth muscle growth in the uterus that is rubbery, binds the female hormone estrogen and can grow to "epic" proportions causing distortion of the uterus. They cause bleeding, and burning pain( aka "fireball tumor") as ...Read more