Do Fibroids Make You Gain Weight?
If you are wondering "do fibroids make you gain weight" then the answer is that they can, but this doesn't always happen. The amount of weight gain depends on a number of factors, including your genetic make-up, the severity of the fibroids and what you are doing to manage the symptoms.
Fibroids themselves can sometimes grow very large, and the fact that they are comprised of solid, muscular tissue, then their density means that large fibroids will inevitably carry some weight and this will show as an increase on the scales.
The largest fibroid ever recorded tipped the scale at a massive 140 pounds and although this is extreme, there are a number of cases where fibroids have grown as large as 50 pounds. However, although most will never reach sizes like this, it is not uncommon for fibroids to grow so large that they give the appearance of a 6 or 7 month pregnancy in slimmer women. Most fibroids though are so small that they are never detected or problematic, with many women never realising that they have them in the first place.
If you are wanting to know "do fibroids make you gain weight not just on the abdomen" then the answer is no. What does not happen is an overall increase in body fat, with any weight gain being attributable just to the fibroids themselves.
The good news is that fibroids will naturally shrink around the time of the menopause and this will cause the abdomen to shrink. However, if you are interested in trying a natural way to eliminate your fibroids now, there is much you can do if you are prepared to make a number of dietary and lifestyle changes.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Fitness goal...sound reasonable?
I have been a long time sufferer of PCOS and uterine fibroid tumors.
I enjoyed my childhood as a very skinny person...and then, I gained 80 lbs in 6 months and haven't lost it since...that was almost 15 years ago.
I have 2 sets of doctors on 2 sides of the fence.
One set of doctors believe my weight gain was from the PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) and fibroids...hormone imbalances in other words...and without getting treatment for them, I'll never lose more than 20 lbs.
The other set of doctors believe that I overate and the weight gain caused the PCOS and fibroids...which I tend to not believe because I only eat 1 or 2 meals a day...I've never been into eating like those that suffer from disorders...just when I get a tummy grumble...stop when I feel full.
So, with this said, I plan to try to lose 30 pounds by June 30. IF I don't, and give it my best shot, I will seek treatment for my fibroids and PCOS.
Sound reasonable to you, or what should I do?
I wanted to add that I would do this without "starving" myself, and would increase my exercise levels (even though I am fat, I do play basketball and soccer with my children, etc...I'm hardly "inactive").
I just think that if I end up not losing over 20 lbs with a big effort on my part, that it would tend to suggest something more than overeating, wouldn't you think?
I can't imagine anyone eating so much they could GAIN 80 lbs in 6 months and still be in taekwon-do and softball and a bowler (the things I was doing when I gained the weight).
Thanks for listening, if anything.
Letswatch...it appears you have your questions blocked, so allow me to explain in regards to my other post.
Your post had the huge undertone of anger/hatred...and though I do agree with the message you were saying somewhat...I guess I am just saying your delivery was off.
I meant no offense, and I am saddened that you would post here and then "hide" when we could have had a mature dialogue, even if we didn't have a complete "meeting of the minds" so to speak.
I know more than you think about that subject...I have 2 children that came to us through adoption...so it's a pity we both couldn't learn from each other.
no it doesnt sound unreasonable...i think its a very good goal to try to do something about it on your own instead of just jumping to a "miracle cure" like a lot of people do
congratulations!!!! and i wish you the best
sides aches, back aches, unintentional 8 pound weight loss, just not myself?
Started 7 mnths ago, I am a 45 year old female.. always healthy, until 7 months ago. had some constipation problems.. then a fluttery weird feeling on my left side by rib cage,...burning in stomach, and lost some weight, that i still have not gained back 7 months later. Just weird come and go side aches, and lots of stomach gargle noises.. Had all the tests, colonoscopy, endonoscopy, CT scan, abdomnal US and peliv. Only thing to show up was a cyst and fibroids. I went again for the pelive and the cyst had disappeared and showed up on the other ovary..so was told functioning cysts. Maybe its the fibroids causing all this? I exhausted the GI doctor, but the scopes all came back fine.. so maybe this is all female related. Not sure about the weight loss thing, but noone seems to be able to help me. Had all types of blood work too? How can I feel this way, yet... no tests are coming up with anything?.. Course been told it could be IBS (but i don't know if you lose weight because of that)..or stress.. but i have known my body for 44 years.. and I just can't see all this being stress. My life has come to hault, and its all depressing me.. Will continue to bug doctors.. but not sure what test besides a MRI, I haven't taken.. Thanks
Thanks for the answers so far...but.. I should make clear that I am "trying " to gain weight, not lose it. Last summer , with this ilness (whatever it is).. I lost about 8 pounds.. I am already to think aat 5'10..and now weight 135. I normally weight always.. over 140, like 144 pounds.. This unexpected weightloss is not good news but for some reason my body won't let me gain it back, and get over my usual 140. very weird.. My stomach grumbles too like crazy.. i wonder if my intestines are not digesting properly or something. My Gi doctor has tested me for stuff, stool, etc.. colonoscopy, endoscopy.. all good..
questions about hysterectomy?
I had a complete hysterectomy about 2 weeks ago.The Dr had me start Premarin in the hospital because of hot flashes and a headache that wouldnt go away..he thought maybe the drop in estrogen was causing the headache.Anyway..I took just one Premarin and havent continued them at home.I have hot flashes but nothing I cant handle right now.I know your risks for heart attacks,stroke,and breast cancer are increased by taking HRT but what if anything is your risk of NOT taking any HRT?? I know 2 weeks isnt a lot of time to know how bad my side effects will be but right now I feel like I dont have any side effects,nothing to worry about anyway.
btw...Im 36...I had the hystrectomy because of heavy periods,fibroids,poly cyctic,and endometrosis [sp] that caused andometrosis which caused my uterus to be 3 times the normal size.
I had laproscopic surgery with the uterus removed vaginal. So recovery is going pretty well I think.
Do most women gain weight after a hysterectomy? is that just from the surgery?not having estrogen or being on HRT?? Im also hypothyroid and of course dont want to gain weight =]
Any information is greatly appreicated =]
I had a complete hysterectomy at the age of 46 and was already having hot flashes. They put me on estrogen patches in the hospital and I used them for a year, but didn't really like them. I decided to stop using them and do nothing and did that for another year, but the hot flashes got the best of me, also very nervous, jittery, lots of symptoms I didn't enjoy. I started premarin and took it for 7 years but stopped when the breast cancer scare came out a few years ago. I personally think that the hrt helps with hot flashes, but more than that with the aging process of the skin, face, breasts and everything that estrogen provided before. I actually gained more weight after stopping the hrt, and ended up diabetic three years ago because of weight gain in the mid section. Estrogen protects women from getting a "beer gut" like guys tend to get, and the loss of it takes away that protection.
It is totally your choice along with your doctor, but I am glad that I took advantage of the technology for a few years.