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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

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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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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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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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

Dr. John Lipman
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Uterine Fibroids (Definition)

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


Dr. Stephen Scholand
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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