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Doctor insights on: What Is Considered A Large Uterine Fibroid

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How do I tell if I have uterine fibroids?

How do I tell if I have uterine fibroids?

Assess your symptoms: More common symptoms of uterine fibroids are: bleeding between periods; heavy menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia); menstrual periods that may last longer than normal; need to urinate more often; pelvic cramping or pain with periods; sensation of fullness or pressure in lower abdomen; pain during intercourse.
Pelvic exam may be revealing. Pelvic imaging may be done. ...Read more

Dr. Gregory Moneta
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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 size of an uterine fibroid considered big?

Depends: Fibroids can be from 1 inch to 8 inches, however the symptoms of the fibroid are more important. Does it cause significant bleedign or pain. Also, is it growing rapidly?
Generally, 80% of fibroids do not need to be treated. ...Read more

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What are the options to treat pain for large uterine fibroids?

What are the options to treat pain for large uterine fibroids?

Uterine embolization: Another good option is uterine artery embolization, a method of cutting off the blood supply to the fibroids causing them to shrink and die. While it does not remove the fibroids it is 95% successful for bleeding and 85% for bulk symptoms. It is performed as an outpatient procedure without the need for stitches and is well tolerated. Performed by interventional radiologists (image guided surgeons). ...Read more

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How big can a uterine fibroid get and what kind of symptoms do you have?

How big can a uterine fibroid get and what kind of symptoms do you have?

There isn't a limit: Fibroids can get to be as large as basketballs or bigger, but usually they start to cause symptoms by this time, and removal may be recommended. Usually the symptoms are changes in bowel or bladder habits, irregular menstrual bleeding, pressure in the pelvis or abdomen, and rarely; pain. ...Read more

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I want to know if fibroid can be too big to be treated using Uterine Fibroid Embolisation?

Possibly: The likelihood of embolization being successful decreases the bigger a fibroid is. There is also more pain associated with embolization of larger fibroids. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with uterine fibroids - large one right side- can this cause pain around umbilicus (right)? Scared of ovar. Ca.

Depends: Fibroids are like knots in a tree, that just exist as a irregularity, but have no effect on its ultimate health. They do not inherently cause pain unless they are degenerating and even then the pain is usually excruciating. If your pain is mild to moderate, it might be something else unless your fibroi is so large that it is compressing a structure. ...Read more

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Do large uterine fibroids (22 cm) shrink after menopause and how much, if they do? I am a 50 yr old caucasion. I was thinking of waiting until menopause and lettingt it shrink. It isn't causing any problems other than bulk related which I can handle. My d

Do large uterine fibroids (22 cm) shrink after menopause and how much, if they do? I am a 50 yr old caucasion. I was thinking of waiting until menopause and lettingt it shrink. It isn't causing any problems other than bulk related which I can handle. My d

Leiomyomas: Leiomyomas of the uterus (fibroids) sometimes shrink after menopause, but some women have them actually enlarge. It sounds like yours are very large which concerns me. I would recommend following your doctors advice, or at least obtaining a second opinion, because it sounds like your doctor is concerned they may compress your ureters which could cause kidney damage. Please be re-evaluated or at least seek a second opinion as I am concerned by that. ...Read more

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What's the best option to treat big (18 weeks) uterine fibroids?

Fibroids: Removal (myomectomy) if wanting children/more children. You may need to be on Lupron first to stop any bleeding and help shrink the fibroid a bit before removal ...Read more

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I have a uterine fibroid about 60, 3* 63.6 mm in size I wanted to know if it's too big to remove or if it can be done with surgery?

Do you have symptoms: If you don't have symptoms then it is hard to make asymptomatic better. If you have pain, bloating, bleeding, any of the things fibroids can cause then you could potentially be treated with hormomes, surgery or uterine fibroid embolization. Talk with your gynecologist. Uterine fibroid embolization (ufe) is done by interventional radiologists. ...Read more

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Can a very large subserosal uterine fibroid cause dvt?

Yes: A large uterine fibroid can compress an iliac vein and cause dvt. It is fairly unusual, but certainly possible. ...Read more

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I have a big lowee segment uterine fibroid. I miscarried 4 months ago. I see brown stains and at times blood in my pants. Can I conceive soon?

I have a big lowee segment uterine fibroid. I miscarried 4 months ago. I see brown stains and at times blood in my pants. Can I conceive soon?

What does OB Dr say?: If you're still having brown stains it sounds like your body is not ready yet to get pregnant. Your gynecologist is in the best position to give a prediction about the impact of the fibroid on a pregnancy. ...Read more

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How long can one stay with large uterine fibroids? I have had fibroids for a year now. Afraid to loose my uterus. It is an organ that need to be saved.

How long can one stay with large uterine fibroids? I have had fibroids for a year now. Afraid to loose my uterus. It is an organ that need to be saved.

Kidneys: The main factor when deciding if it's safe to avoid surgery with large fibroids is whether the fibroids are blocking the flow of urine from the kidneys to the bladder. If this is happening, it can cause permanent life-threatening kidney damage. Otherwise, we go by heavy bleeding causing anemia and symptoms. ...Read more

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Is it at all possible for a large uterine fibroid to stop or delay your period?

Not likely: Fibroids distort the uterus and can make a period heavier (more bleeding). Stopping or delaying a period usually involves some form of hormonal manipulation either on purpose (pill/depo/shot/ring...) or pregnancy. If you have been sexually active and not protected (pill, etc. Or condom) then you should get a pregnancy test. If you have not been sexually active you should consult with your gyn. ...Read more

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How can I loose weight with uterine fibroids protruding the belly? I am tired of living with large fibroids.

See a Provider: You need to see a provider who can thoroughly evaluate you. Fibroids should not be protruding through the belly. If they are cuasing you pain and aggravation discuss this with a gynecologic surgeon in your local hospital. ...Read more

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How big does a uterine fibroid have to be to cause severe back pain? Severe back pain with weakness in left leg

Not usual: A fibroid should not be causing weakness along with back pain. This sounds more like a disk and with weakness you need to talk with a physician sooner than later. Fibroids can cause pain in the back but NOT weakness. ...Read more

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Post meno bleeding trans ultra showed uterine fibroid slightly larger minimal fluid in endometrial canal rt overy non shadowing focus pos vessel? Ok?

Endometrium: The most important part of the ultrasound with post menopausal bleeding is the thickness of the endometrium also called the endometrial stripe. A thin stripe is reassuring a thicker stripe requires further testing. ...Read more

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I have had large uterine fibroids in the uterus for a one year now, can they turn or become cancerous? I bleed a lot & protruding stomach.

I have had large uterine fibroids in the uterus for a one year now, can they turn or become cancerous? I bleed a lot & protruding stomach.

Very rarely: A mass in the uterus that looks like a fibroid can be cancer. Sounds like you are having symptoms from the mass. You should consult a gyn surgeon. ...Read more

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I have uterine fibroids, are eggs or eating eggs good for me or bad since they are considered dairy?

False: Any association that you read between dairy and the size of uterine fibroids is purely conjecture. There are no scientific studies to show that avoiding eggs and dairy will shrink fibroids. If this were the case, we wouldn't need surgery! there are a lot of people on internet with homeopathic remedies for fibroids, again if they worked....We'd definitely use them! Scramble up some eggs! ...Read more

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What causes Uterine fibroids?

What causes Uterine fibroids?

Unknown: Fibroids are benign muscle tumors of the uterus. No one knows their cause. Like many tumors (ie: breast lumps) their cause is unknown. ...Read more

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Can uterine fibroids affect sex?

No: They are fibrous masses that take up space in your uterus, can cause excessive uterine bleeding, but do not affect sex. ...Read more

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Can uterine fibroid grow quickly?

Sometimes, get US: Anyone can get a uterine fibroid, which is an overgrowth of muscle cells in the shape of a ball. Like moles on the skin, they come in different sizes/shapes; RARELY cancerous. You only need surgery if you have symptoms like pain/pressure/incontinence/bleeding/bloating. Size/location don't matter. Lupron (leuprolide) or embolization are ways to control w/out surgery. US follow up is very important. ...Read more

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How can I treat uterine fibroids?

Fibroids: Treating fibroids depends on multiple factors and I would suggest you consult a physician for your specifics. The main issue though is what problems it or they are causing. The most common problem is bleeding too much but may need to be managed in fertility issues. ...Read more

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Can uterine fibroids grow in size?

Yes: Fibroids grow all the time, in part due to female hormones. They stop growing from menopause or stopping your hormones with a Lupron (leuprolide) shot. Some fibroids grow slowly; fibroids in some women grow quickly. ...Read more

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How do you treat uterine fibroids?

Hysterectomy: Uterine fibroids are frequently treated with a hysterectomy. Other treatments are Uterine Artery Embolization; Focused ultrasound; myomectomy; and in selected cases, Hysteroscopic resection of fibroids. Best wishes! ...Read more

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How much pain are uterine fibroids?

How much pain are uterine fibroids?

Varies greatly: Fibroids are benign (non cancerous) tumors of the uterus that are associated with painful, heavy periods. They can be treated with medications that are hormonal or non-hormonal, and they are also commonly treated surgically by removing the fibroid (s) or the entire uterus. ...Read more

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How many women get uterine fibroids?

How many women get uterine fibroids?

As many as 40%: At autopsy, as many as 40% of women have evidence of fibroids. Fibroids are usually benign tumors of the uterus that are not symptomatic. Sometimes fibroids can be painful, cause heavy bleeding, miscarriage, preterm labor, problems voiding or constipation. Fast growing fibroids need to be monitored closely and may necessitate surgery. Certain ethnicities have higher prevalence of fibroids. ...Read more

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Can a uterine fibroid be causing pain?

Can a uterine fibroid be causing pain?

Yes: Most fibroids do not cause any symptoms. However, as they grow they can be responsible for increased bleeding and pain. Pain may be only during menses or all the time or only with activities such as sex. ...Read more

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What are the tests for uterine fibroids?

Tests: Initially your gynecologist may do an ultrasound. Also an MRI maybe done to better characterize your fibroids prior to treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Shari Jackson
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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