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
Extreme bloating…what’s wrong?
I’ve always been a slender person with a fast metabolism (i’m 18 yrs. old,about 5’5, and weigh around 112 pounds)…but lately i’ve been feeling very sad and confused about my abdominal area. I’m not as active as I used to be, which obviously caused a little weight gain, but that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m concerned about extreme lower abdominal bloating. I wake up in the morning with a basically flat stomach, then the second after I eat something (doesn’t matter what or how much) I feel and look pregnant. This has been going on for a good while and I’m really upset about it… I want to be able to wear tighter clothes again like tank tops without feeling fat. Everyone keeps joking about it, saying things like “oh yea, you’re SO huge!” because they think I’m being ridiculous because they think I look fine. I showed my mom my stomach today, and for the first time she actually didn’t blow it off, she said we can ask the doctor..but I never trust doctors because they misdiagnose things so much and sometimes just blow things off saying “it’s not a big deal”. Any words of advice or past reference? I’ve researched so many things and nothing seems to help..
Other symptoms (i don’t know if they are related to the problem or not):
– Pain when running (doing cardio exercise)
– Frequent need to urinate
-On birth control
– My mom recently had fibroid tumors removed from her uterus that made her stomach look pregnant (but I don’t think that’s it since I’m only 18).
I appreciate any feedback! 🙂
I should have included this earlier, but I’m not pregnant. I’ve had my period normally every month with this problem still being present (like I said, this problem has been going on for a WHILE, like months)… so it’s not that.
See a doctor.
Is this HYPOTHYROIDISM?
I am forty and had a thermal ablasion on my uterus a couple years ago because of excessive bleeding with a fibroid tumor about the size of a golf ball/softball as described by my doctor.
After the procedure, I started gaining weight, but figured it was age.
Then last august, my hair started falling out, and did so for about three months or longer. Then, I began to start feeling ‘bad’—like dizzy and confused even vertigo like symptoms, and another doctor told me I had an ear virus. I took the meds–got even more meds including anitbiotics, yet I still have these symptoms.
I get tired easy now, my back muscles get sore easily and I’ve always worked out, but its harder when I feeling like I’m staggering around too much on the treadmill.
I think I have developed Hypothyroidism, and I understand this can cause fibroids anyway. I may have had it for a good while before the symptoms began.
My head feels odd, like some kind of pressure in it, and I’ve noticed I’ve had blurry vision and I’ve always had perfect eyesight.
This all started quickly after my hair began to fall out. It has stopped falling, but Im sure it could start again.
I do have an appointment this coming week, but does anyone else recognize these symptoms? Im quite sure I have a hormonal imbalance, and have excessive facial hair that I remove sometimes twice a week.
EEK! I’ve never felt this bad in my whole life and for an energetic person who’s turned into this, it’s absolutely baffling.
Hi. I have Hypothyroidism, and yes, some of your symptoms are common with it. Usually if your hair starts to fall out from being Hypothyroid, it will not just stop unless you get on Thyroid medication, and get your levels back to normal. In my opinion, it sounds like you have more of a hormonal problem. One simple way to find out is to go get blood work done. They should run a Thyroid panel, and check your hormone levels. It’s too hard to determine what the problem is just by your symptoms alone. Blood work is your best bet at this point. I’m glad to see you’ll be going to the doctor to get checked. Good luck with your appointment. Feel better soon 🙂
ok im only 25 and i have a fibroid on the left ovary the size of a tennis ball. It took the doctors forever to discover it because they feel i’m too young to have any major problems in and around my uterus. Anyway I believe the tumor(fibroid) is causing my stomach to increase in size because of how big it it. Not only that, my Doc claims there may may another one on the left side that right now is small and he wants to keep a close eye on it to see if the left side goes down before doing surgery. That’s complete BS to me! The tumor on the right side may be increasing and causing me to gain massive weight.
I want to know if it’s all in my head that i’m gaining weight in my stomach because of the tumor, or am i just getting Fat! I use to be so small, now i weigh 140 at 5’8 which isn’t that big but for me it is bigger than i’ve ever been. I now go to the gym disregarding the fact that there is a tennis ball in my stomach in hopes of slimming back down but am I just waisting my time??
hello – slow down a bit – fibroids are in the womb (sometimes swelling outwards) and your ovaries are NOT in your womb or the same as your womb. Lumps on ovaries are normally referred to as cysts. A tennis ball sized fibroid might make your abdomen swell, but think about pregnancy and how big a baby is before a woman ‘shows’. Your stomach might be retaining fluid…if you are only 25 its no wonder your Dr wants to wait before surgery – any surgery carries risk – usually you are offered eg mirena coil if there is pain or heavy bleeding – you aren’t too young to have major problems, but it is less likely – what do you mean by gaining massive weight? If you are sure about this, get yourself back to your Dr (and actually I think you should anyway – you sound awfully confused about your anatomy) . Look up fibroids on the net – there are some very good US and UK based sites with diagrams, validated by doctors – try NHS for the UK (that is the state run health service) – I’m assuming you are american but I’m not sure why. And try not to worry; but you should always question calmly and confidently and if you don’t agree or understand ask again, or get a second opinion. Also a fibroid won’t stop you going to the gym. Most fibroids are just an overgrowth of muscle tissue, completely benign and nothing to freak about (especially if you aren’t bleeding heavily). Lits of women have them and lead perfectly normal lives – but don’t let that stop you honestly assessing any problems you personally have.
On the other hand cysts on your ovary, if that is what you have might be polycystic ovarian syndrome PCS, which will make it harder to lose weight – its chicken and egg really, no-one seems to know whether you get PCS because you are fat or you get fat because you have PCS. My understanding of PCS is that they encourage you to lose weight because you can be prone to problems if you don’t, and that it is much harder to lose weight (but not impossible it just takes longer). Again, get back to your Dr and check what is wrong.
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