Can Fibroids Cause Weight Gain

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Fibroids During Pregnancy – How Fibroid Tumors in Pregnancy Can Cause Problems

Both pregnancy itself and the time spent trying to conceive can be an exciting time for many women. However, for women who have fibroids it can be quite a worrying time as it is a known fact that fibroids during pregnancy can cause some complications. However, the good news is that with careful monitoring, most women conceive naturally and go onto achieve a perfectly normal pregnancy.

For some women though, fibroids can cause problems both when trying to conceive and during the pregnancy itself.

<b>Possible Problems Caused By Fibroids During Pregnancy</b>

* Infertility-Although fibroids do not account for a large percentage of infertility cases, for women who have unexplained fertility, those who shrink their fibroids or have them removed, have between a 40% to 80% chance of achieving a pregnancy.

* If fibroids develop just below the surface of the womb, they can interfere with the normal implantation of a fertilized egg and therefore cause a miscarriage even before the woman would know she was pregnant.

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Frequently Asked Questions

    Can uterine fibroids cause weight gain?
    I have a follow up appt with my doctor on Friday to determine if he found uterine fibroids. I just wanted to know if weight gain is a side effect. I’ve noticed in the past year I have had some weight gain but I have not changed any part of my lifestyle including my diet. If anything I eat a little less and healthier. Does anyone know about this?

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      I think the fibroids in themselves can sometimes get quite large and heavy. It might also pay to get your ovaries investigated for Poly-cystic Ovary Syndrome, which can cause weight gain.

    Hi. I am female and aged 28. In 2001 I was diagnosed as having fibroids. I am battling with my weight.?
    I have a very reasonable diet and go to the gym often. However, regardless of my effort I just seem to be gaining weight fast. In the past month alone i have put on about three kilos which is about 6 pounds. I have done some personal research and it appears that fibroids can cause weight gain. Can you help. My weight gain is really begining to upset me. Since 2003 I have been of the pill and now my period pain as well seems to be coming back. Any idea whats happening to me.

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      Has a doctor diagnosed you at all? I really think you ought to have a thorough check up to find out if the fibroids really unsettle your weight or if it is something else (thyroid gland for instance). I doubt it if nyone here is qualified enough to give you any advice.

    Is there a way to prevent or reduce the growth of fibroids?
    I understand that fibroids are common and once developed, it really doesn’t go away. But is there a way to prevent getting any more of them or having them grow larger? Is there a certain diet or lifestyle that can be contributed to them?

    I thought I read somewhere that although it is not a certain cause, fibroids seem to occur often in women who experience weight gain.

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      Fibroids develop from abnormal cell growth in the uterus (womb). The exact cause of these benign tumors is not known. However, both genetic and environmental conditions have been identified as contributing risk factors for fibroids. A number of factors may increase a woman’s likelihood of developing uterine fibroids. These include:

      Age. Although they can occur at any age after puberty, fibroids most frequently appear in women aged 30 to 40 years old. In addition, early age at menarche, especially before age 10, is considered a risk factor for the condition later in life.

      Genetics and heredity. Research indicates that many fibroids contain alterations in genes that code for uterine muscle cells. Women who have a mother or sister with fibroids appear to be at increased risk of developing them.

      Ethnicity. Fibroids tend to appear more frequently among black women than Caucasians. Also, black women tend to develop fibroids at younger ages, and also typically experience numerous and/or larger fibroids.

      Hormonal changes. Research indicates that the hormones estrogen and progesterone appear to influence the growth of uterine fibroids. When a woman with uterine fibroids experiences hormonal changes during pregnancy, the fibroids typically enlarge. However, after childbirth the fibroids tend to shrink back to the original size. In addition, when women stop menstruating (menopause), uterine fibroids usually shrink or disappear altogether. Other studies indicate that hormones that help the body maintain tissues, such as the insulin-like growth factor, may also affect fibroid growth.

      High-fat diet and alcohol consumption. Significant consumption of red meats (e.g., beef, ham) and alcoholic beverages, especially beer, is associated with an increased risk of developing fibroids in the uterus.

      Obesity. Having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater appears to increase a woman’s risk of developing these benign tumors of the uterus.

      There’s really a lot of great information on fibroids – their prevention, treatment, signs and symptoms at the women’s site below. Take a look – I’m sure you’ll find it helpful!

    Do you think I should get medicaid?
    Well, I have asthma and I had tha since I was two and now Im 24. Also I have cyst and fibroids which cause extreme pain and weight gain. I have a possibly that I have ploycystic ovary syndrome because of the cyst and fibroids. POS can cause infertilty and sometimes death. Ive tried to get medicaid once before a year back with this and was denied. I live in the stat of Ga. They told me I had to be either under 18, 65 or older, be pregnant or have children. What are your thoughts. Ive been laid off since Nov and when I was working I wasn’t making that much.

    • ANSWER:
      I recommend looking for a county health department in your area. they can offer services or point you in the right direction for free services. Asthma attacks (unhelped by meds, or if you’re out of meds) are worthy of an ER visit, as is a painful cyst. ER’s can work out a plan with you, or write it off entirely if it’s a true emergency and you truly can’t pay. BUT– a free clinic or health dept can give you a supply of inhalers to last.

      Try the health dept 1st–they have lots of information for folks hitting hard times!

    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 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.. 🙁

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