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Doctor insights on: What Causes Fibroids To Grow Rapidly

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What causes fibroids to grow?

What causes fibroids to grow?

Estrogen: Fibroids grow when exposed to naturally occuring estrogen. Since estrogen levels "swing" to higher highs and lower lows as a woman gets into her mid 30's and 40's, fibroids tend to grow and cause symptoms at these ages. ...Read more

Dr. Hamid Sajjadi
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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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Can taking too much plan B cause fibroid to grow? I took 10 plan B in the past. I have stopped taking it. But I am worried about my future.

Not related: Taking Plan B will not affect the uterine fibroid. If you're taking Plan B 10 times though you clearly need a better birth control plan. There are many available options. Schedule a visit with your doctor to discuss and find something that you like ...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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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

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Can taking next choice pill cause fibroids to grow larger? Also what is degeneration?

Fibroids and OCP: Lower dose birth control pills do not seem to cause fibroids to grow any faster than they usually do. When they outgrow their supply of blood flow and oxygen, they can degenerate. This can cause extra pain and bleeding. ...Read more

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Can eating foods with vinegar cause large fibroids to grow larger? Also, are eggs estrogen respetors or or can they cause your estrogen to go up? Thx

Can eating foods with vinegar cause large fibroids to grow larger? Also, are eggs estrogen respetors or or can they cause your estrogen to go up? Thx

Haven't heard of it: Eating foods containing vinegar does not cause one's fibroids to enlarge. Eating eggs does not cause one's body to increase its estrogen production. ...Read more

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Does douching with vinegar and water cause fibroids to grow bigger?

No: This will have no effect on fibroids, but typically is not a good idea. ...Read more

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I am 69. Can hibiscus tea cause fibroids to grow due to increased estrogen?

I am 69. Can hibiscus tea cause fibroids to grow due to increased estrogen?

Hibiscus tea: At your age, the amount of estrogen in your system is very low, unless you are taking estrogen supplementation. Hibiscus tea does not have enough composition to increase fibroid size, so if you have an enlarged uterus, or abnormal bleeding, see your gyn provider immediately. ...Read more

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Does taking one dose levonorgestrel next choice pill cause fibroids to grow faster/ bigger? Is it effective /does the pill work when taken on 3rd day?

No: Levonogestrel has no effect on fibroids. The pill is only about 50% effective by 72 hours post exposure. Definitely still a good idea to help prevent pregnancy, even at 3 days post coital. ...Read more

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I've fibroids, is eating edamame (soy beans) good or they will cause fibroids to grow large since theory are photo estrogen which mimic estrogen? Help

Unless you eat: Ton of edamame -it will not make the fibroids grow if you have symptomatic fibroids you need to discuss with your OB the various options to treat them. ...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 was found to be anemic due to the large fibroids. My hair -head, has stopped growing. What could be the cause? After surgery, will it grow back longer?

Maybe but it depends: Your hair can stop growing due to major stress. Typically we think of child birth and hospitalizations but extreme anemia can do this too. Assuming your thyroid is normal and your blood count recovers after your operation, then we would expect your hair to return to normal. But expect several months to go by before you see a full head of hair again. ...Read more

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Had vaginal ultrasound 1 year ago. Was diagnosis with a intramural anterior-mid uterine fibroid. It was 1.04cm length, 1.17cm width, 1.16cm depth. Will this cause issues? Do they usually grow bigger quickly?

Maybe: Only about half of women with fibroids have any symptoms (abnormal bleeding, pressure symptoms). If a woman has no symptoms from her fibroids, no treatment is necessary. Fibroids can grow as women approach menopause. Growth in and of itself is not necessarily an indication of a problem. ...Read more

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What causes fibroids?

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

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Where can fibroids grow?

In the uterus: Fibroids are benign muscular growths that can occur in the wall of the uterus. They can occur on the inside of the wall, right in the middle, or on the outside. Commonly they cause no symptoms, but they can cause pain and/or bleeding, especially if they are large. ...Read more

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Do fibroids grow everyday?

Can: Uterine fibroid growth depends on several things, such as certain hormones, but also how hormones balance each other. Trauma can also affect fibroids as well as pregnacy. Usually fibroids have spurts of growth rather than constant growth. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Where all can fibroids grow?

The uterus: Benign fibroids will only grow in the uterus. ...Read more

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Does fibroids grow over 4 yrs?

Yes: Fibroids are a benign growth of the uterine muscle. They often will continue to grow slowly over time. They also tend to shrink once you go through menopause. ...Read more

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Can fibroids grow in size and number?

Yes. Absolutely.: They are estrogen mediated benign tumors and will grow in size and number until menopause. Whether they ever get big enough to cause any problems or need treatment is another issue. Most fibroids will not need treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Suzanne Galli
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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


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