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Doctor insights on: What Happens If Fibroids Go Untreated

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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.

Dr. James Lin
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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 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.

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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.

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Do fibroids go away by themselves?

Do fibroids go away by themselves?

After menopause: Fibroids can fluctuate size during different hormonal times (ie: pregnancy). In general, fibroids can be present and potentially grow during the reproductive years. After menopause, when estrogen levels have decreased, fibroids will gradually shrink and can eventually become undetectable. Fibroids should not grow during menopause. Hope this helps.

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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!

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

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.

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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.

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What happens during fibroid degeneration? And what are the signs of degeneration?

The tissue: In the fibroid does not have sufficient blood supply and so it begins to die (degenerate). This can cause pain and fever and abdominal tenderness. It is not usually dangerous, but can be very uncomfortable. It generally only happens with fairly large fibroids that are only connected to the uterus by stalks.

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Should fibroid be removed? I have had a large fibroid for 10 + years which I didn't have removed because it didn't cause symptoms. It has stabilized since going through menopause 2 years ago. Does it have to be removed?

Asymptomatic: Asymptomatic fibroids do not need surgery with few exceptions. 1. Growing after menopause. Remove because of risk of sarcoma. Sarcomas are very rare and grow rapidly. Pre-existing fibroids do not develop into sarcoma. 2. Blockage of the kidneys. This can occur without symptoms, and is detected by ultrasound of the kidneys, which can easily be done during pelvic ultrasound. 3. Blockage of blood low from the legs, usually if not always a symptom, since one leg will swell. 4. Patients at risk of ovarian cancer when the ovaries cannot be palpated on exam or seen on ultrasound. This is a soft call since it is not clear that pelvic exam or ultrasound detects ovarian cancer without symptoms, but I have saved a few women from advanced cancer by sticking to this rule.

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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? Thanks

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.

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Does a fibroid ever go away on its own?

Does a fibroid ever go away on its own?

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.

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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

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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?

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

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I am in the 30 "s, how can I reduce estrogen in my body in order to shrink fibroids? And what foods shld I eat and avoid?

You should talk: To your gynecologist. At age 30 I would not want to blocking estrogen unless it was coordinated by a specialist. There are minimally invasive treatments such as uterine fibroid embolization (ufe) that you might be interested in

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Hi. I am 42 year old having a posterior wall fibroid of 8 mm. Do I need to leave it or take some medicines for pain or should go for the surgery?

Hi. I am 42 year old having a posterior wall fibroid of 8 mm. Do I need to leave it or take some medicines for pain or should go for the surgery?

It depends.: If your doctor is reasonably sure that the fibroid is causing this pain, then surgical intervention might be appropriate. The fibroid won't go away on its own and being on long-term pain medications has problems of it own. This is a decision that you & your doctor need to make together very carefully.

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(question got cut off) new 1.1cm intramural fibroid, told repeat u/s in 4 months. Why is this important since fibroids r so common & a benign finding?

Fibroids: I am not sure why you were suggested to have ultrasound repeated. I would assume that there may have been either incomplete visualization or the radiologist wanted to make sure it is not something else. Talk to the ordering doc and ask him that question. He may contact the radiologist and ask him directly.

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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

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Dr.'s please explain what happens when hormones are imbalance? How does that affect 1 with urine fibroid? Are imbalance hormones making fibroids grow

Dr.'s please explain what happens when hormones are imbalance? How does that affect 1 with urine fibroid? Are imbalance hormones making fibroids grow

Hormone balance: Fibroids in the uterus can be affected by the imbalance of female hormones. Estrogen and Progesterone have a normal cycling which produce the female menstrual cycle. Imbalance can affect the growth of the inside of the uterus including fibroids.

Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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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