Uterine fibroids are an extremely common type of nonmalignant tumor that many women are not even aware they have. 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.
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.
There are a few conditions and unique demographics that can contribute to your likelihood 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
- No history of pregnancy
- African-American ethnicity
- Being 40+ years of age
Treating Postmenopausal Uterine Fibroids
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 Uterine Fibroid Embolization.
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 an OBGYN specialist of Women’s Pavilion of South Mississippi, please contact our office today at (601) 268-9393.