Why Fibroids Can Sometimes Continue After Menopause
Uterine fibroids are an extremely common type of benign tumor that many women don’t even notice are there. Typically, these tumors do not cause any problematic symptoms such as pain or heavy menstrual flow, which is exactly why so many women are unaware of their own uterine fibroids.
Fibroids During Menopause
During menopause, the body’s sudden lack of reproductive hormones often causes these fibroids to shrink and prevent new fibroids from forming, but this is not always the case. Menopause is not a guaranteed cure for fibroids, which means that you may continue to experience uterine fibroid symptoms during and after menopause.
Who is the Most Likely to Get Fibroids?
There are a few conditions and unique demographics that can contribute to your risk of developing uterine fibroids such as:
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Low vitamin D levels
- A family history of uterine fibroids
- An extended period of extreme stress
- Unsuccessful attempts at pregnancy
- African-American ethnicity
- Being 40+ years of age
Treating Uterine Fibroids After Menopause
There are several treatment options available for women with uterine fibroids, including:
- Oral contraceptives
- Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)
Many of these treatments are the same for all women with uterine fibroids, regardless of age, but your transition into menopause may increase your likelihood of choosing a more permanent surgical option like a hysterectomy since your childbearing years have come to an end. Younger women that still plan to have children typically prefer to take oral contraceptives or undergo a minimally invasive procedure called Uterine Fibroid Embolization.
It is important to discuss all of these treatment options with your gynecologist, as they will be able to help you reach a decision that is best for you and your lifestyle. To schedule an appointment with a gynecologist of Women’s Health Partners, please contact our Boca Raton office today at (561) 368-3775, or our Boynton Beach office at (561) 734-5710.