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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

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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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 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 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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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 ...Read more

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Hysterosonogram u/s dr saw a polyp. Then he & tech were discsing if it was a fibroid. Sched to remove. Is poss to not be able to difference btwn 2?

Hysterosonogram u/s dr saw a polyp.  Then he & tech were discsing if it was a fibroid.  Sched to remove.  Is poss to not be able to difference btwn 2?

Yes: Some polyps are fibroids and are referred to as pedunculated. Some polyps are from the lining of the uterus. Fibroids are almost never cancerous other polyps may or may not be. Only way to tell the difference is to take them out and sent to the pathologist. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What is a degenerated fibroid?

Dying fibroid: When a fibroid outgrows its blood supply, areas of it can die off. This event can be very painful to a patient, even causing her to go to the Emergency Room. For degenerating fibroid(s) on the right side, this can even simulate appendicitis. Degenerating fibroids often eventually calcify which can be detected on pelvic imaging (exs. x-ray, CT scan, ultrasound). ...Read more

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Anterior fibroid measuring 3.5cm ?

Anterior fibroid measuring 3.5cm ?

Not enough info: Fibroids are very common benign tumors. They are found in a woman's uterus and can be discovered during a routine pelvic exam or pelvic ultrasound. If there are no symptoms (exs. Heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain, increased urinary frequency) no treatment is necessary unless it is determined that the fibroid is preventing a fertility patient from getting pregnant or causing her to miscarry. ...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. Neigatha Graney
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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