Uterine fibroids are an extremely common type of noncancerous tumor. Many women don’t even know they have fibroids, because they don’t experience symptoms, like pain or heavy menstrual flow. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t there, waiting to cause problems, even after your monthly period slows down or stops.
Fibroids During Menopause
During menopause, your body’s sudden lack of reproductive hormones can cause fibroids to shrink. Typically, the change also prevents 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.
Certain conditions or factors that can contribute to your likelihood of developing uterine fibroids. These include:
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Low vitamin D levels
- A family history of uterine fibroids
- An extended period of extreme stress
- No history of pregnancy
- African-American ethnicity
- Being 40+ years of age
Treating Postmenopausal Uterine Fibroids
There are several treatment options available for woman with uterine fibroids including:
- Oral contraceptives
- Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)
Many of these treatments are the same for all women, regardless of age. Still, menopause may make a more permanent surgical option, like a hysterectomy, more attractive since your childbearing years are over. Younger women that still plan to have children typically prefer to take oral contraceptives or undergo a minimally invasive procedure like UFE.
It is important to discuss all of these options with your women’s health specialist as they will be able to help you reach a decision based on your current health and outlook on potential treatments. To schedule an appointment with one of the fibroid specialists of Houston Fibroids, please contact our office today at (713) 575-3686.