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Are Fibroids After Menopause Still a Problem?

Posted on March 11, 2024

While fibroids after menopause often shrink, some women continue to be troubled by symptoms after the end of their monthly periods. But what why would menopause affect fibroid growth? And what should you do if menopause doesn't resolve your symptoms? Here's what you need to know!

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Fibroids Through the Stages of Menopause

Menopause is not a set event in a woman's life. Rather, reaching this stage is a gradual progression that could take years to complete. Before menopause, women enter perimenopause, a time during which hormone production in the ovaries starts to decrease. Usually beginning sometime in your 40s, this stage of life is characterized by unreliable menstrual cycles and improved fibroid symptoms due to lower estrogen levels in your body.

However, perimenopause can last for as long as ten years, though it lasts between three and four years for most women. During this stage of life, you can still get pregnant, so hormonal birth control could still play a role in your fibroid experience. Plus, during perimenopause, some women experience surges of estrogen, which can make fibroid symptoms worsen. For this reason, many women choose to treat their fibroids during perimenopause.

Now, perimenopause ends when you're in menopause. And that happens when a full year passes without your experiencing a menstrual period. As such, entering menopause should mean the end of certain symptoms such as heavy periods. Yet you may still need to seek treatment to relieve other persistent fibroid symptoms.

What to Expect from Fibroids After Menopause

Some women's fibroids shrink naturally after fibroids due to reduced hormone levels in the body. And new fibroids are unlikely to develop during this time period. However, menopause is not always a cure for these non-cancerous uterine tumors. So, even after you no longer get a monthly period, you may need to seek medical intervention in order to experience fibroid relief.

Exploring Treatment Options

If you wish to control your fibroid symptoms after menopause, you may consider:

While many post-menopausal may see hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus) as their best treatment option, it is still an invasive procedure with an extended recovery period. Plus, this bservational study proved that UFE reduces fibroid size and symptom burden for post-menopausal women, all while allowing you to avoid surgery and overnight hospital stays. So, if you want to get rid of fibroids after menopause, we want you to know that surgery isn't the only option! Instead, click here to request an appointmentwith one of our Georgia area fibroid specialists. We can help you explore fibroid treatment options so you can find relief!

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