Fibroids, Weight Gain and a Bloated Abdomen.
You’ve put on pounds. Maybe developed a pooch you can’t get rid of. Could it be fibroids? Consultation with a doctor and radiological imaging are really the only ways to know for sure.
But if you’ve been experiencing unexpected weight gain and haven’t changed your eating habits, if your stomach is expanding and you know you’re not pregnant, if you have abdominal bloating for no apparent reason…fibroids may be the cause.
Fibroids are a common occurrence in women over 30 years of age. A fibroid is a benign tumor that appears in uterine tissue. It’s important to know that fibroids aren’t cancer. Yes, the word ‘tumor’ may sound scary, but ‘tumor’ is, by definition, just an unusual tissue growth. Warts are a kind of tumor. Cherry moles are a kind of tumor. They grow and create masses that are sometimes unsightly or inconvenient. But this kind of benign tumor isn’t life threatening.
Fibroids can appear as a single large benign tumor, a cluster of small benign tumors, or mix of both. Despite extensive research, no one has isolated a specific cause for fibroids. We do know they are linked to estrogen.
Women with high estrogen levels tend to develop fibroids. It’s also suspected fibroids are hereditary. If your mother or grandmother had them, it’s very possible you will too. Certain ethnic groups are more prone to fibroid development than others. African-American women have the highest incidence of fibroids and fibroid issues.
Why do fibroids cause weight gain and abdominal bloating? Let’s start with the idea that fibroid tumors can be so tiny they are hardly detectable. But they have the capacity to grow very large, very fast. Estrogen surges, such as those during pregnancy, or pre-menopausal hormone swings, can cause a growth spurt.
Environmental influences like diet or stress may play a part. Whatever the reason, suddenly, a fibroid that was no bigger than a pinhead, begins to grow. The larger it gets, the heavier it gets. As fibroids gain weight, you will too.
What’s the Solution?
You have a range of treatment options. Surgery is certainly one of them. But more and more women are opting for an alternative, non-surgical approach called Uterine Fibroid Embolization. Uterine Fibroid Embolization is a low-trauma, minimally invasive procedure. It stops fibroids by restricting their blood supply. Fibroids can only grow when they have plenty of blood to bring them oxygen and nutrients. Starve a fibroid of blood, it begins to shrink and dwindle.
Uterine Fibroid Embolization selectively targets the blood vessels feeding into each fibroid. By blocking blood in a very precise way, Uterine Fibroid Embolization eliminates the things a fibroid needs to exist. Because fibroid embolization is very exact, it only blocks vessels supplying fibroids. Blood supply to the rest of the uterus is unaffected.