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Dr. Steven Griggs
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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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Is it at all possible for a large uterine fibroid to stop or delay your period?

Is it at all possible for a large uterine fibroid to stop or delay your period?

Not likely: Fibroids distort the uterus and can make a period heavier (more bleeding). Stopping or delaying a period usually involves some form of hormonal manipulation either on purpose (pill/depo/shot/ring...) or pregnancy. If you have been sexually active and not protected (pill, etc. Or condom) then you should get a pregnancy test. If you have not been sexually active you should consult with your gyn. ...Read more

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I have my period delayed for more than 40 days. I have done 2 pregnant tests at home which was neg. And usg that shows a cervical fibroid. What shud I do?

I have my period delayed for more than 40 days. I have done 2 pregnant tests at home which was neg. And usg that shows a cervical fibroid. What shud I do?

See gynecologist: I need more information about the size and area where fibroid grew specifically. Your gynecologist will explain to you what is next plan of care. ...Read more

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After open surgery fibroid removal first period was 10days delayed and now 11days awaiting for period, not pregnant, is it normal? Thxs

After open surgery fibroid removal first period was 10days delayed and now 11days awaiting for period, not pregnant, is it normal? Thxs

Not unusual: It's not unusual to have some abnormal bleeding following an open myomectomy. If it persists after a couple of months, you may need to be evaluated to see if you are ovulating. ...Read more

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Dr. Gyn, I took next choice pills -2 the 4th time in a yr. Didn't have symptoms and I have a large fibroid. My periods have delayed. Am I pregnant?

Could be, do a blood: Preg test, and u should not have to use Next Choice 4 xs in a yr, u need to get on reliable birth control and have your fibroid assessed as it may need to be removed. ...Read more

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Gyn. I ve a large fibroid, it's like been 6 months pregnant I was told. If I became pregnant will the uterus burst/rapture? My periods have delayed.

Gyn. I ve a large fibroid, it's like been 6 months pregnant I was told. If I became pregnant will the uterus burst/rapture? My periods have delayed.

Hmm.: Your uterus won't 'burst' or rupture if you get pregnant. That is a risk is you have had certain types of surgery on your uterus (c-section, or myomectomy) and become pregnant. But if you have never had surgery on your uterus it would be extremely rare for it to 'rupture'. If your uterus is really that enlarged from the fibroid, it will make the pregnancy high risk and fibroid may need to be remov. ...Read more

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Does fibroids make my period late?

Does fibroids make my period late?

Fibroids: Fibroids can cause missed period, prolonged periods, heavy periods, spotting, painful menstruation ; frequent periods. ...Read more

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Can your period make you anemic if fibroids?

Can your period make you anemic if fibroids?

Yes: A common problem caused by fibroids is excessive menstrual bleeding that can lead to anemia. If you must change a pad or tampon every 1 to 2 hours for 1 to 2 days every month, there is a chance you are becoming anemic. You should see your doctor. Fortunately, not all fibroids cause heavy bleeding. ...Read more

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Can fibroids cause period type pain and backache?

Can fibroids cause period type pain and backache?

It is possible: Whereas many patients with uterine fibroids suffer no problems, others may have uterine pain which may be crampy or achy. Depending on the size of the uterus, pelvic pressure and pain may also be referred to the back. Your gynecologist can assess the size and tenderness of the uterus and let you know what options you have for dealing with the problem. ...Read more

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Does fibroids cause brown spotting instead of a regular period?

Does fibroids cause brown spotting instead of a regular period?

Yes they can: Fibroids are benign (non cancerous) tumors of the uterus that are associated with painful, heavy periods. Depending on their location, they can certainly cause bleeding unrelated to your cycle.

They can be treated with medications that are hormonal or non-hormonal, and they are also commonly treated surgically by removing the fibroid (s) or the entire uterus. ...Read more

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I have fibroids. What natural ways can I reduce bleeding during my period?

I have fibroids. What natural ways can I reduce bleeding during my period?

I don't: Really know of any natural ways. But, fibroids are rarely associated with bleeding unless they are submucosal meaning they sit directly under the blood lining of the uterine cavity. I would need more info to help give more guidance ...Read more

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Heavy period and I have the symptoms each month. Should they test for fibroids?

Heavy period and I have the symptoms each month. Should they test for fibroids?

Good question: As I tell my patients, "if you are having a problem with your periods, let's investigate." whether you do don't have fibroids isn't my main concern. Rather I would want to investigate several issues and then present you with several options. Fibroids certainly could be the issue. ...Read more

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What is an endometrial mass? Fibroid or polyp? Bad? Have spotting between period too. Is this symptom?

Spotting with either: Hi Lexa,
An endometrial mass is any structure seen in the uterine cavity. A fibroid is a growth from the uterine muscle. This is covered by the lining cells of the uterus. A polyp is a growth of the lining cells of the uterus not associated with the muscle layer of the uterus. This is not a dangerous finding but one that is easily treated. The spotting that you experienced is a common symptom ...Read more

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I'm 45. No children, peri-menopausal, no period in 3 months, fibroids biggest 8 cm. Can I insist on not having a hysterectomy?

Of course, you can: Since most fibroids are benign muscle tumors which can remain asymptomatic and unchanged till the menopause when they tend to shrink, you should indeed "Insist" on obtaining a clear description of your risks, benefits, alternatives etc. And on the medical-gynecological indications for a hysterectomy in order to make an informed decision that you feel comfortable with (surgery as your last resort.) ...Read more

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I'm 36 if I bleed inbetween periods during sex is this due to my fibroids? It doesn't happen often. It happened two weeks after period.

I'm 36 if I bleed inbetween periods during sex is this due to my fibroids? It doesn't happen often. It happened two weeks after period.

Possibly: Irregular bleeding and spotting can be caused by many things. Fibroids is a definite possibility, but it is wor. Investigation. If no recent ultrasound them I recommend you as your doctor for follow up. ...Read more

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Hi, I have a fibroid (roughly 5.5 x 4.5 cm). I have pain for about 10 days over my period but pain is only around my left ovary - is that normal?

Hi, I have a fibroid (roughly 5.5 x 4.5 cm). I have pain for about 10 days over my period but pain is only around my left ovary - is that normal?

Left sided fibroid?: The fibroid may be on the left side of the uterus giving the impression of left ovarian pain. Fibroids can "degenerate" and produce pain so have your gyn check the location and evaluate your situation. ...Read more

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I am experiencing pain in my groin area I am female age 39 I have a fibroid and continuously take cerelle pill and haven't had a period for 3 years?

You must be seen!: You need a complete exam. With lab tests and a transvaginal sonogram to see the anatomy of your pelvic organs, including the fibroid as well!
Further recommendation can only be given after the sonogram report becomes available!! ...Read more

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Period 3 times in one month, in a different country at the moment. Had a C-section birth, and have a small fibroid. Is there anything to worry about?

Period 3 times in one month, in a different country at the moment. Had a C-section birth, and have a small fibroid. Is there anything to worry about?

Irregular periods: Irregular periods are one of the most common problems obgyns treat. If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring problem you should be evaluated. Infections ; hormonal changes can cause spotting. If there is a concern for pregnancy then do a home pregnancy test. There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit. ...Read more

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When is best time for an ultrasound to see if a fibroid is the same or if it's growing? Mine was done a day before my period started what if size wrong

Accurate: Fibroids increase in size slowly over time. Some can take years to grow. It does not matter what time of the menstrual cycle the fibroid was measured. ...Read more

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Found out I have a fibroid a little over5cm but I'm on on low dose pill, can it cause it grow bigger? Also water discharge runs out a wk/2 before period

No: Typically oral contraceptives are used to shrink rather than increase the size of uterine fibroids. The water discharge can be a normal variant of it comes before every period and resolves on it's own. ...Read more

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I have not had a period for 20 years. I have fibroids. When I wear tight waistbands and bend a certain way I feel a pushing pain in fibroid area. I?

Fibroid pain: Even at age 72, when fibroids produce pain it is time to have them evaluated and possibly removed by a GYN MD. There is still a 2% risk that fibroids can be malignant when rapidly growing. ...Read more

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


Dr. John Lipman
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Uterine Fibroids (Definition)

Abnormal growths that develop in or on a woman’s uterus. It is unclear why fibroids develop, but hormones and family history may influence their formation. Approximately 70% to 80% of women aged 50 ...Read more