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Does diet affect fibroids? Is it possible to reduce the size by the foods we eat? Does stress cause them to grow?

Does diet affect fibroids? Is it possible to reduce the size by the foods we eat? Does stress cause them to grow?

Yes, yes and yes: Fibroids are a result of high estrogen levels. High estrogen can be caused by excessive carbohydrate intake (via competetive inhibition of glucoronidase enzyme) therefore a low carb diet is beneficial to reduce estrogen and help shrink fibroids. You may also have low iodine, thyroid problems, low progesterone. All of these things should be evaluated. All phytoestrogens should be avoided. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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Can extreme stress cause spotting between periods? Abnormal bleed for 1 yr, t/v scan revealed '2cm degenrative fibroid' -could this be uterine cancer?

Can extreme stress cause spotting between periods? Abnormal bleed for 1 yr, t/v scan revealed '2cm degenrative fibroid' -could this be uterine cancer?

Yes, unlikely: Yes, extreme stress can cause spotting. Genetic studies have shown most uterine sarcoma (cancer) arise independently except very rare one. Even degenerative fibroid has different genetic pattern compared to uterine cancer. At your age, this is especially rare. Follow-up with your gynecologist for surveillance is however important. ...Read more

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Can fibroid cysts and heavy periods cause dizziness, lightheadedness and loss of balance ekg, tilt table. Thyroid, and stress test all good?

Can fibroid cysts and heavy periods cause dizziness, lightheadedness and loss of balance ekg, tilt table. Thyroid, and stress test all good?

Bleeding, anemia: Fibroids, also called leiomyomas are benign uterine tumors (not cysts) that can cause pain and heavy bleeding with your periods. If they are causing very heavy periods, this can lead to anemia and the dizziness, lightheadedness, etc you described. They are easily diagnosed with an ultrasound. See your ob/gyn for this. ...Read more

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I have had spotting for almost a year. 2 CM fibroid shown in trans vag scan. Very stressed at work. Brown or red and not mid cycle. Hormone imbalance?

I have had spotting for almost a year. 2 CM fibroid shown in trans vag scan. Very stressed at work. Brown or red and not mid cycle. Hormone imbalance?

Spotting: These set of symptoms do point toward a hormone imbalance but the problem may be in hormones affected by your increased stress. You need to seek out someone who will do a thorough evalualtion on you including a detailed look at your hormones. Ideally this should include a look at your stress hormones as well. ...Read more

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I have fibroids, dizziness, lightheadedness, no balance and chest pains. Ekg, stress, tilt table and thyroid good. Orange juice helps usually. Any idea?

I have fibroids, dizziness, lightheadedness, no balance and chest pains. Ekg, stress, tilt table and thyroid good. Orange juice helps usually. Any idea?

Hypoglycemia: If oj helps with dizziness and light headedness you probably have hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) causing these symptoms - best way to check would be check your blood sugar during symptoms. Would recommend snacks in between meals. ...Read more

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Can abortion cause fibroids?

Can abortion cause fibroids?

Fibroids: Abortion does not cause the formation of fibroids. Fibroids can cause an abortion depending where they are located. Fibroids are excessive proliferation of smooth muscles in your uterus. ...Read more

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Does endometriosis cause fibroids?

Does endometriosis cause fibroids?

No: These are completely different entities.
Both may cause infertility and pain and irregular periods, but there is no relationship between these 2. ...Read more

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Can fibroids cause pain in middle of chest?

Can fibroids cause pain in middle of chest?

No: This is not a symptom of uterine fibroids. If you are having chest pain, you need to seek immediate medical attention as this is more likely related to your heart! ...Read more

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Does eating popcorn cause fibroids to grow larger?

No: I've actually never heard this one. Fibroids are estrogen dependent and grow in response to increased estrogen exposure. ...Read more

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Can a complex cyst and a fibroid cause a lot of pain?

Yes, both can: Complex cysts of the ovary and uterine fibroids can each cause pain. Pain from fibroids is often worse just before or during menses. This pain can be from the sheer size of the fibroids pressing on pelvic nerves to cause pain or due to heavy menstrual bleeding with the passage of clots through the cervix in to the vagina. ...Read more

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What are fibroids? What causes them and how do you prevent them?

What are fibroids? What causes them and how do you prevent them?

Genetic: Fibroids are caused by a mutation in the cells that keep reproducing and from the tumors. They also grow in response to estrogen. Some fat turns into estrogen, so a good diet, exercise and normal BMI may help a lot. If your mother had fibroids, you probably will. Big ones need to be treated. If they don't both you, they probably aren't that big. Www. Drschapirointhenews. Com ...Read more

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Is a 7cm uteran polyp big also a 8.5 mm fibroid cause for concern thank you?

Uterine polyps: Fibroids are not a concern unless a fertility issue. 8 mm is small. Polyps can cause issues with fertility/bleeding and are removed if precancerous. If post menopausal polyps should be removed. 7 cm (not mm) is large. Larger polyp size does increase the risk of cancer. Discuss with your doctor management of the large polyp and whether hysteroscopy should be performed (small polyps are < 1 cm ...Read more

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What causes fibroid tumor which includes a prolased uterusbladder and rectum?

What causes fibroid tumor which includes a prolased uterusbladder and rectum?

Dumb luck: Maybe a quarter of women of reproductive age have fibroids in the uterus that cause more or less trouble. There are a variety of ways to handle these nowadays, some letting you keep your uterus if that is your desire. ...Read more

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Can fibroid cause cancer and after how long should one remove them after being diagnosed?

Fibroids don't: Cause cancer, and approximately 40% of women have them. They don't have to be removed unless causing heavy bleeding or pressure/pain. However rare type called leiomyoma sarcoma, grow rapidly, and approximately are 1/1000 of fibroid affected patients.

Rapidly growing should be removed. ...Read more

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Will a 1.6 x 1.7cm fibroid in the anterior wall need treatment if it causes no problem. I bled for 10 weeks but for past 2 weeks nothing at all. Thnx?

Bleeding: Well, if you are bleeding for 10 weeks then you have a problem. I would wait to see if this is a recurrent problem. If not then don't worry. If you continue to have these prolonged periods then you will probably require some form of treatment. ...Read more

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Hie, I am 39 years old having multiple fibroids with the largest measuring 4.11cm in diameter. Should I leave them or they are going to cause me probl?

Fibroids: Depending on if they cause pain or bleeding I would leave them alone and just monitor them regularly. Surgery is about the only good option out there for these. Hope this helps ...Read more

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I have recently been diagonized with two fibroids 6 cm and 4 cm. I was told that this is the cause for a rectal pain that I have been suffering from for the past few months. Is there anything (apart from tablets) that can relieve the rectal pain?

Removal of fibroids: If the hypothesis that the fibroids cause the pain, because they are located on the posterior wall of the uterus, the only way to relieve the pain would be by removing the fibroids. ...Read more

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What causes menstrals cramps ecspecially when someone has fibroids?

What causes menstrals cramps ecspecially when someone has fibroids?

Uterus: The involuntary contraction of the uterus which can be experienced as severe for some women, and minor for others, and anything in between. Typically extensive or large fibroids are associated with more intense discomfort, but exact reason is not clear. ...Read more

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What causes Uterine fibroids?

What causes Uterine fibroids?

Unknown: Fibroids are benign muscle tumors of the uterus. No one knows their cause. Like many tumors (ie: breast lumps) their cause is unknown. ...Read more

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What causes fibroids and how are they related to pcos?

They are not related: Fibroids are usually benign muscle tumors that are somewhat genetically controlled and can be found in members of families. Polycystic ovarian syndrome is also a genetic disorder but this is one where there is higher levels of male hormones, Insulin resistance, and abnormal ovulation. Despite the fact that these are both genetic in origin they are not related genetically as far as we know. ...Read more

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Can a 1cm fibroid cause symptoms?

Unlikely: Anyone can get a uterine fibroid, which is an overgrowth of muscle cells in the shape of a ball. Like moles on the skin, they come in different sizes/shapes; RARELY cancerous. You only need surgery if you have symptoms like pain/pressure/incontinence/bleeding/bloating. Size/location don't matter. Lupron (leuprolide) or embolization are ways to control w/out surgery. US follow up is very important. ...Read more

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What causes fibroids?

Not known...: ...., but genetic factors and hormone status plays a part. ...Read more

Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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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


Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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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