Can Fibroids Cause Weight Gain?
- Created: January 7, 2019
- by: Admin
Let’s start with the fact that you simply won’t know if you don’t get yourself to a doctor, get some medical imaging and establish whether or not fibroids might be the cause of that expanding belly.
Every year, thousands of women discover they have (thankfully) benign, but (awkwardly) ballooning fibroid tumors. What started as a pinhead-sized growth in the uterus, suddenly starts expanding into a larger and noticeable issue.
Fibroids are non-cancerous tumors. Let’s repeat that. Fibroids are tumors. But not cancerous tumors. They are growths. That can grow very quickly. And unchecked, they can lead to massive, distended, abdominal blowouts.
So what causes fibroids? Wish we could answer that. Medical wisdom ties their appearance and growth to estrogen levels. Those of you who naturally have a lot of estrogen? You’re the sweet spot in fibroid occurrence. Anyone experiencing hormone surges? Think pregnancy, pre-menopause, menopause and all the ladies taking estrogen supplement. You are officially on fibroid alert.
Fibroids and Weight Gain
So now what? First, you need to confirm what is causing your weight gain and protruding midsection. Could be cake. But it could be fibroids. A simple pelvic exam and medical imaging will determine this.
Next. If you have fibroids and those fibroids are growing at a rate that is impacting your body, you will need to decide how you want to deal with it.
Many physicians will advise surgery. Some will jump right to suggesting a hysterectomy. (No uterus, no uterine fibroids.) Take a breath. Hysterectomy is one option. It’s not your only choice.
You could try a diet that dramatically lowers your estrogen levels. This will involve strict regulation of things like red meat, yams, soy products, dried fruits and most beans. Essentially anything and everything that ups the body’s estrogen intake. A strict diet could help. It’s unlikely to solve a serious fibroid problem, but it may help slow fibroid growth.
You could talk to your doctor about medication. Some medical compounds help regulate hormones. The relief will be temporary, because it involves a type of hormone manipulation that isn’t healthy on a long-term basis. The relief you get will be mostly be menstrual-related, (less excessive bleeding). And large fibroids that extend your stomach aren’t likely to reduce much with this approach.
You could bite the bullet and opt for a fibroid surgery that isn’t hysterectomy. It’s called myomectomy. Myomectomy scrapes off or cuts out the fibroids in your uterus. Just one little catch. There’s 50% chance fibroids will grow back. If even a few fibroid cells are left behind, post-myomectomy? Well, fibroids are like the worst kind of lawn weed. They will regrow. As will your stomach.
At this point, some of you are ready to pack it in and close out this page. Don’t. Do your research. Look into an alternative treatment called fibroid embolization. It’s a non-surgical and minimally invasive procedure that reverses fibroids growth. The method is simple. Starve fibroids to stop them. Block the blood supply feeding fibroids and those fibroids will cease and desist. Embolization shrinks fibroids instead of surgically removing them. And, (bonus points), as fibroids shrink, so will a fibroid-distended stomach.
You can learn the specifics of the fibroid embolization here.
You can hear from women who have had the procedure here.
You can read why fibroids can cause incredible and excessive weight gain here.
Embolization, Fibroids and Weight Gain
To learn more about your treatment options for Fibroids, including fibroid embolization and to gain more insight into the relationship between fibroids and weight gain, visit The Fibroid Treatment Collective. As a medical group solely dedicated to treating fibroids, we are proud to have been the first to preform a uterine fibroid embolization and continue to work towards treating women without the need for major surgery.abdominal distended fibroids growth symptoms weight gain