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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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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 are the risks being pregnant with. Lupus, sjögren's syndrome, sinus tarchydia, irregular heart beats and fibroid tumor?

What are the risks being pregnant with. Lupus, sjögren's syndrome, sinus tarchydia, irregular heart beats and fibroid tumor?

Multiple: You definitely want to consult a high-risk pregnancy specialist. Pregnancy is a physical strain, and all of your conditions can be exacerbated. There are fetal risks to those autoimmune diseases, including fetal heart block and oligohydramnios. Your fibroids could cause preterm labor and increase your risk for cesarean section. Your heart disease shouldn't be taken lightly either.

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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.

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What can cause bloody discharge after sex, after a fibroid tumor removal?

What can cause bloody discharge after sex, after a fibroid tumor removal?

Non-healing of surge: How long after the surgery, did you start the sex? If the surgical wound hasn't healed completely, bleeding is expected.

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Can fibroid tumors cause anemia?

Can fibroid tumors cause anemia?

Fibroids: Yes, fibroid tumors very commonly cause heavy bleeding and anemia, which can be offset by taking iron and folic acid.

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What causes fibroid tumors?

What causes fibroid tumors?

No one knows: While no one knows what causes fibroid tumors, they do grow with hormonal stimulation (i.e. estrogen, progesterone). That's why they often grow during pregnancy and why they tend not to be an issue for women in menopause.

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Can fibroid tumors cause symptoms farther away from the uterus?

Can fibroid tumors cause symptoms farther away from the uterus?

If they are large: Fibroids can cause bleeding from the uterus in some cases. Other times they can cause pain and pressure. This happens when they get large enough to press on another structure (like the bowel or the bladder). They would have to be really large to put pressure on anything outside the pelvis. So if the problem is in the pelvis, maybe. If it is in your chest or upper abdomen (belly), that is unlikely.

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Does the Depo-Provera provera (medroxyprogesterone) shot help with cysts and fibroid tumors? Or can it cause it to be worse?

Does the Depo-Provera provera (medroxyprogesterone) shot help with cysts and fibroid tumors? Or can it cause it to be worse?

In general, it helps: The Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) shots have a very strong suppressive effect on the production of ovarian cysts, and many f ibroids will shrink under the influence of progestins (like in the Depo-Provera provera). With that said, some women will develop irregular bleeding when they use Depo-Provera provera, and it has other side effects of weight gain, moodiness, etc - in some patients.

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I am 38, & just diagnosed w/complex hyperplasia, large fibroid tumors & polyp should I have a d&c?

I am 38, & just diagnosed w/complex hyperplasia, large fibroid tumors & polyp should I have a d&c?

Follow your doctor's: Advice. Hyperplasia of the endometrium may cause abnormal bleeding and having a D&C may help with that as well as allow examination of the abnormal endometrium by a pathologist so see if there is a more serious issue.

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How can a fibroid tumor affect me?

Fibroid tumor: Fibroid tumors are quite common. They are benign smooth muscle tumors arising in the uterine wall of reproductive-age women and can result in irregular menses, abdominal pain and/or enlargement, and, in some cases, reduce fertility by obstructing implantation or irritating the endometrial lining.

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Is it good or bad to have a desegregating fibroid tumor?

May be good: A fibroid that outgrows it's own blood supply may "infarct" and start to "degenerate". This stops growth and may cause a decrease in size. Now the bad news, it's painful and may lead to other problems like fever or infection (not common) or inflammation that cause adhesions (common). Fibroid degeneration is most common in pregnancy and usually does not require rx other than pain control.

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What are doctors' recommendations to cure a fibroid tumor?

Depends: Having fibroid without symptoms nothing should be done. If causing significant symptoms there are medicines that can help temporize, but often the woman will be left with of 1of 2 choices: surgery or uterine fibroid embolization (ufe). Ufe is safer, less invasive, shorter recovery than surgery and effective > 90% of cases. Also she can keep her uterus which is important even if family complete.

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Does something such as a tumor or fibroid commonly be mistaken as a fetus?

Does something such as a tumor or fibroid commonly be mistaken as a fetus?

Anything is possible: There are certain cases where tumors can abnormally make the same hormone that normally indicates a normal pregnancy. In these situations, you would not have expected findings on ultrasound such as a heart beat or normal growth characteristics seen in fetuses so it would be discovered with a little time.

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Can fibroid tumors bleed or have a leakage?

May cause bleeding: Fibroids do not directly bleed or discharge fluids, but can cause heavy menstral bleeding by their location, midcycle breakthrough bleeding by irritation, and if a fibroid prolapses (pushes out of cervix) may cause a watery discharge. The later is of significant concern and should be evaluated asap!

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Most effective way to get rid of a fibroid tumor?

Most effective way to get rid of a fibroid tumor?

Surgery if Symptoms: No medication permanently shrinks fibroid tumors. If you have symptoms options exist to help improve them: myomectomy (cutting out fibroids, repairing uterus) for women who desire future pregnancy hysterectomy (fibroid uterus removal), preferably laparoscopic or vaginal routes, best choice if family complete uterine artery embolization - injection of foam to block uterus blood supply.

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Can I wear tampons a month and 10 days after a dnc with fibroid tumors?

Can I wear tampons a month and 10 days after a dnc with fibroid tumors?

Sure!: I usually tell patients to avoid tampons for 2 weeks after surgery, and even that is conservative. You are way past that.

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Is removing fibroids tumors a good thing to do and get a dnc first done. Before removal.

Is removing fibroids tumors a good thing to do and get a dnc first done. Before removal.

Individual cases: Each surgical case needs to be discussed one on one with a surgeon to know the right approach. At age 60 normally a hysterectomy would be done over a myomectomy.

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I was diagnosed with a grapefruit sized fibroid tumor-- is it ok to wait 4months to have myomectomy?

Likely yes: The ultrasound exam should indicate any changes in the leiomyoma (fibroid tumor) that would be cause for concern. Otherwise, waiting four months, as the tumor has likely been around for many years, should not be an issue. You should definitely discuss this with your gyn surgeon, though.

Dr. Walter Husar
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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