Uterine Fibroids Symptoms: Weight Gain
Uterine Fibroids are very prevalent in women with as many as 75% having them at some stage in their lives, often undiagnosed and unknown. Among the different symptoms of uterine fibroids is unexplained weight gain.
Since fibroids can grow from the size of an orange to the size of a watermelon, it is not uncommon for a woman with large fibroids to experience pain and weight gain. Diagnosis is initially via a bi-manual pelvic exam where a suspicious mass may be detected. The patient will then be sent for further tests such as ultrasounds and possibly MRI scans for a conclusive diagnosis.
Treatment Options for Uterine Fibroids and Fibroids Weight Gain
When uterine fibroids grow to the point where it causes a woman to gain weight, the fibroids are often treated. There are many uterine fibroids treatment options available today.
Serious cases of uterine fibroids may be treated with non-invasive procedures using laser or MR guided Focused Ultrasound Surgery (MRgFUS). In extreme cases, and most often in women approaching menopause, a hysterectomy can be performed. It should be mentioned that menopause often causes a regression in symptoms and a hysterectomy should only be performed as a last resort.
If the fibroids cause no side effects, often doctors will recommend watching the fibroid and embark on a planned course of oral treatment in younger women who still wish to bare children. When the condition becomes too advanced for herbal treatments or oral treatments to effectively control the size and weight of the fibroid, then surgical options may be considered.
Sometimes very large fibroids can outgrow their blood supply and may degenerate and die off. This leads to weight loss and a reduction in symptoms.
Women who have no other symptoms other than unexplained weight gain may not have uterine fibroids, however it is important to go to your doctor and undergo a pelvic exam to rule out the possibility.
- The Mayo Clinic - http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/uterine-fibroids/DS00078/DSECTION=treatments-and-drugs
- Women's Health Online resource - http://www.womens-health.co.uk/medicine_fibroids.html
- Merck Manual Of Medical Information - 2nd edition, Simon and Shuster Co 2004.