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)
  • Obesity
  • 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

Doctor explaining uterine fibroids to patient

Treating Uterine Fibroids After Menopause

There are several treatment options available for women with uterine fibroids, including:

  • Oral contraceptives
  • Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)
  • Myomectomy
  • Hysterectomy

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.

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Your Safety and Well-being is our Priority

On behalf of all of us at Women’s Health Partners, in these difficult times, we want to thank you for your support and confidence in our practice.

We want you to personally know that our patients’ health and well-being has and always will be our number one priority. This reminder bears repeating in the face of any challenges and especially now, given concerns posed by the corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic.

We are taking all necessary precautions to ensure your safety and well-being and that of our staff. To that end, we want to share some of the steps we are taking:

Furthermore, our staff will be asking several screening questions regarding your health. We ask that you do not enter our office if you, or someone in your family, or someone you recently were in contact with, has exhibited flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, severe muscle aches, shaking chills, or recent loss of taste or smell, or recently diagnosed with COVID19.

In order to help us participate with our social distancing effort, we are asking patients to enter the office without any visitors, including children.

You will also have the option of waiting in your car instead of the waiting room after you have checked in. The front desk staff will call your cell phone when we are ready for you to come in for your visit.

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