Can fibroids cause weight gain?

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Uterine fibroids are very common and normally benign tumors that originate in the womb. Although physicians have not been able to establish a single fibroid cause, many believe they are somehow related to the production of female hormones and/or genetics.

Although many women do not experience negative symptoms from uterine fibroids, some cases can be problematic and might require medical intervention. This is especially true if the fibroids begin causing symptoms that are extremely disruptive to a woman’s way of life. One such symptom that can have both physical and emotional effects is the unexplained gaining of weight, which is certainly an unpleasant experience for women diagnosed with uterine fibroids.

Fibroids Can Get Very Large

In many cases, the growth rate of fibroids is very slow, leading physicians to advise patients to just “wait and see” if they become large enough to become problematic. However, if things get out of hand, a fibroid can grow to be quite large and heavy, causing unnecessary weight gain. In addition to causing a woman to gain weight, very large fibroids also cause associated effects such as difficulty urinating or defecating and discomfort due to pressure on the bladder.


Fibroids Can Cause Bloating

Bloating is another common symptom associated with uterine fibroids that might be the source of an unexplained increase in weight. In addition to the overall feelings of discomfort of bloating, women who are bloated can also become emotionally discouraged if they notice their clothes are suddenly not fitting as well yet they haven’t been eating any more than usual to warrant gaining weight.

It’s also important to realize that cancerous tumors can cause unexplained gains in weight. Women who've stepped on the scale recently and just can’t put their finger on why the numbers are consistently going up should visit their doctor for a checkup to determine whether the rising weight is connected with a common and benign problem, such as most uterine fibroids, or something much more serious.

An Appealing Way to Treat Uterine Fibroids

Women who are diagnosed with uterine fibroids and, more importantly, bothered by the symptoms they cause, should consider discussing the Acessa procedure with their physician. It uses an FDA-cleared system to remove fibroids. The chances of reoccurring problems are very low, and for that reason, this minimally invasive procedure is very worthwhile for women who are tired of dealing with the numerous symptoms caused by uterine fibroids. Many patients can go back to work in only four to five days after undergoing the Acessa procedure.

Although gaining weight is not one of the main symptoms associated with uterine fibroids, it’s still a possibility, and one that can adversely affect a woman’s lifestyle and self-esteem. Women who are suffering from uterine fibroids and a resulting weight gain should discuss their options with their healthcare practitioner.