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What causes uterine fibroids, how common are they, and what happens if they are left untreated?

What causes uterine fibroids, how common are they, and what happens if they are left untreated?

Multifactorial: Fibroids are non-cancerous muscle tumors of the uterus. They develop because of a mutation in a uterine muscle cell that causes that cell to lose control of its growth. They are very common in some ethnic groups, and present in women of all backgrounds. They can cause heavy bleeding, pain, infertility, and pregnancy complications, or may cause no problems at all, depending on where they are. ...Read more

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Dr. John Lipman
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Uterine Fibroids (Definition)

Uterine fibroids is also known as Fibroid. Uterine fibroids are the most common pelvic tumor in women. They occur in 1 of every 3 women regardless of race and up to 80 % of african-american women of child bearing age. They are often asymptomatic but they can cause significant symptoms (exe. Heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain, increased urinary frequency). They ...Read more


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If uterine fibroids left untreated, what if anything could happen?

Maybe nothing: Depending on where the fibroids are located and how big they are, they can cause problems like abnormal bleeding, pain, infertility, and "mass effect" that affect the function of other organs like pressing on your bladder. They may grow but they may not. There is no reason you have to do anything about fibroids if they are not causing a problem. ...Read more

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What happens if uterus fibroids live untreated?

What happens if uterus fibroids live untreated?

Maybe nothing: If the fibroids are not causing symptoms then there is no need to seek treatment. Fibroids do not become cancer so they can just be left alone if they cause no problems. ...Read more

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Hello, i'm a 49 year old going through menopause with fibroids. What should I expect to happen to the fibroids without blood being supplied? Thanks

Hello, 
i'm a 49 year old going through menopause with fibroids. What should I expect to happen to the fibroids without blood being supplied? 

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Usually shrink : Most fibroids will shrink a little after menopause as the hormone "fertilizer" is removed. Some stay the same. It is rare for them to increase in size. ...Read more

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Does a fibroid ever go away on its own?

Does a fibroid ever go away on its own?

Yes: Occasionally, usually after a full term delivery, a fibroid may undergo degeneration due to lack of blood supply caused by the uterus' major shrinkage in size immediately post partum. If the fibroid gets no blood, it stops growing and dies. Natural mechanisms then cause the dead tissue to be re-absorbed and the fibroid "goes away on its own". In general however, they don't go away. ...Read more

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Hi, I am 38 yrs old having a fibroid of 6 × 5.2cm in size. Should I leave it on its own or is it going to cause me trouble?

Not a problem!: Fibroids are kind of like knots in a tree. They're an irregular pattern of growth in the wood grain but they're not cancer and really shouldn't be removed unless you're worried about pressure symptoms, bleeding, or fertility. http://mediphors.tumblr.com/post/106746799535/fibroids-in-the-uterus-are-like-knots-in-a-tree-or ...Read more

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Just got diagnosed with a small anterior fibroid, I've been told i have to go back for some type of endometrius test. What is that?

Just got diagnosed with a small anterior fibroid, I've been told i have to go back for some type of endometrius test. What is that?

Unsure.: I would have your doctor clarify why he/she is doing the testing. Fibroids in general don't require additional testing other than periodic observation with repeat ultrasound. If you were diagnosed on exam then your doctor may be having you follow up with an ultrasound ...Read more

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Can a fibroid dissolve or bleed to go away on its own?

In menopause: Fibroids are often asymptomatic. If they do not cause any symptoms, no treatment is necessary. They typically go away on their own when a woman goes in to menopause. ...Read more

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If a fibroid outgrows its blood supply, is it going away on its own?

Partially: Spontaneous infarction of fibroids is common, and may result in decrease in the size of the fibroid and/or decrease in fibroid-related symptoms. ...Read more

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Could a person having fibroids go to the gym?

Could a person having fibroids go to the gym?

Sure why not?: In latin means smooth muscle tumor. Common and benign. Only need removal if symptoms like heavy periods or pelvic pain. Enjoy your workout! ...Read more

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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. 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