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Fibroids and enlarged uterus

By July 16, 2014 - 6:01pm
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Hi, I am 48 years old, proud mom of identical 24 year old boys and having some "female" issues. Heavy and frequent cycles (every 14-18 days) lasting up to 6 days. I am about 5' 9" and was....135-140 #, the last 6 months is when I started getting my periods so frequently and heavy and am currently 146 #. Went to my GP with my concerns and she ordered the ultrasound. Here's what it showed...uterus is twice the size is should be (at 11.9cm at length) and I have 2 Fibroids...1 @ 4.3cm and the other at 2.7cm. I asked...Is this what is making me feel so bloated? OB stated yes...like you are 3 months prego....confirmed!!! LOL.....I also have a 1.8 cm simple cyst on one ovary. She said the "burning the uterinal lining is not an option) and did the biopsy. She ordered another ultrasound next month. Dr's words...we will see what the biopsy tells us and we will see what next month's ultrasound tells us (growing or not). We will decide at that point to do anything or nothing.

I'm certainly hoping for good/negative results, but hate the bloated/pregnant belly. I know that there is a minor surgery that can be done (I think) to destroy the fibroids, but is there anyway to "shrink" the uterus? Or do I have to go buy another wardrobe because my pants are terribly uncomfortable. I work long days and am at a computer most of the day which makes it more uncomfortable. Any advice would be appreciated!!!! Thanks for reading.....CC

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tell her to take the uterus nip it in the bud know dont wait i did only to have to have a removal of uterus and ovaries uterus was like i was5 months pregnant fibroids were size of grapefruits uterus was full of them thats what caused uterus to grow that size they believe hormone levels not being right cause fibroids to grow massively i thought my weight was caused i workout thinking it was muscle weight but 6 bls i gained in 2 days no that s not right also periods lasting 2 weeks then start back up for another 3-6 days plus urinating all the time i would go then the other soon as i started to walk had to go again i had gotten used to the crazy periods and just dealt with it but the urinating that was when i had enough oh and im 42yr old and on hormonal meds man iv always been moody but somedays i cant even stand myself so please please dont wait then u will be cut from one side to the other in bikini line but if i had not of waited so long they could have done it with a noninvasive method .i urge to take care of it now.good luck

August 9, 2017 - 1:05am
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I would like you to know that an embolization was a great avenue for me. I had one fibroid the size of a fist and the other the size of a golf ball. Dr. Kwan of St. Josephs hospital in Paterson New jersey did the surgery on me and now even my period is shorter days and the uterus is no longer enlarged. I will not tell you that it does not hurt, because it does and I was happy after the same day surgery I was sent home but then ordered for one week to stay in bed. After that procedure I must say I am so happy no more problems. I had this done in 2006.

October 30, 2014 - 12:00pm

Hello mother0ftwins48inwi,

I would like to welcome you to the EmpowHER community. Thank you for reaching out to us with your concerns about uterine fibroids and an enlarged uterus.

Uterine fibroids are one of two common causes of an enlarged uterus.

Uterine fibroids are common noncancerous tumors of the muscular wall of the uterus. Eight in 10 women are diagnosed with fibroids by the age of 50.

In severe cases, treatment may involve a procedure called embolism to cut off the blood supply to the fibroids so that they shrink and eventually die, or surgery to remove the fibroids or the entire uterus (hysterectomy). Other treatments include endometrial ablation (when the inside lining of the uterus is removed) and myolysis (when freezing or an electric current is used to destroy the fibroids).

During your next appointment with your gynecologist, discuss the treatment options that are available to you. Consider making a list of any questions you may have and bring that to your appointment.

Wishing you well,

July 21, 2014 - 5:22pm
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