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Menopause, Fibroids and Your Symptom Burden

Posted on May 06, 2024

While some people think that menopause can cure your uterine fibroids, that is not the case. In fact, you may still experience intrusive symptoms after the cessation of your periods. So, what should you expect to happen to your fibroids after menopause? Below, you'll find all the important information.

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What is menopause?

Menopause (the permanent end of your menstrual cycles) begins when you've gone 12 months without getting your period. For most women, menopause begins in their early fifties. However, medically induced menopause will begin immediately after a hysterectomy or some other medical procedures.

Will menopause shrink fibroids?

Contrary to popular belief, not all fibroid tumors will shrink when you enter menopause menopause. Of course, some will, due to the falling hormone levels in your body. But for some women, that shrinkage won't be enough to eliminate many of your painful fibroid symptoms. Moreover, some of your tumors may still grow after menopause. So you need to closely monitor any new or persistent symptoms, and tell your doctor about any changes during this time period.

Fibroid symptoms after menopause

After menopause, fibroid symptoms can change. For some women, that could mean noticeable symptom relief. But for others, this time of life will bring new or worsening symptoms. Keeping track of any changes and discussing them with your healthcare provider or our fibroid specialists in Georgia can help you find the solutions you're seeking.

Managing symptoms through lifestyle changes

Getting regular exercise and following a fibroid friendly diet can help you manage your symptoms while improving your general well-being. Not sure what exercise is best for women with fibroids? Check out our suggestions here.

Bleeding after menopause with fibroids: when to worry

It's important to discuss any post-menopausal bleeding with your doctor. This non-menstrual bleeding could mean your fibroids are still symptomatic. But it could also be a symptom of other underlying conditions.

Does menopause cure fibroids?

Menopause doesn't provide a reliable fibroids “cure”, though you may experience tumor size reduction and symptom relief after you stop getting your period. However, while fibroids often shrink at this stage of life, they don’t always vanish. For that reason, you may still experience fibroid symptoms and need to seek treatment in order to find relief.

What if I still have fibroid symptoms after menopause?

Post-menopausal fibroid symptoms can be relieved with medical treatment. And, just because you don't need to worry about preserving your fertility doesn't mean you need to subject your body to an invasive surgical procedure like a hysterectomy.

Want fibroid relief without overnight hospital stays or invasive procedures? Click here to request an appointment with our Georgia fibroid specialists. We provide Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE), a minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure to shrink your fibroids while preserving your uterus. When you come into the office, we can review your UFE candidacy to see if this is your best treatment option.

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