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What are the symptoms of fibroids after menopause?

The symptoms of fibroids after menopause depend on the individual and the location and size of the fibroids. While the presence of fibroids does not necessarily need to result in any symptoms, commonly reported symptoms after menopause include increased abdominal bulk, bloating, abdominal pain or pressure, anemia, constipation, urinary frequency or incontinence, lower back pain, and pelvic pressure or pain.

Hormonal changes associated with menopause can also influence fibroid symptoms. For example, a decrease in the body’s natural estrogen and progesterone levels can cause fibroids to shrink in size, potentially resulting in fewer symptoms than prior to menopause.

On the other hand, increases in testosterone levels can cause fibroids to become larger, potentially resulting in additional or worsening symptoms. Furthermore, the drop in natural hormones after menopause can cause the digestive system to slow down, resulting in symptoms such as constipation and bloating.

It is important to discuss and monitor any symptoms experienced after menopause with a medical professional.

What does fibroid pain feel like?

Fibroid pain can vary greatly, depending on the size and location of the fibroids within the uterus. Generally speaking, fibroid pain typically feels like dull, aching pain that is usually constant, but can sometimes be sharp or come and go.

This type of pain usually occurs close to the area of where the fibroids are located, such as in the lower abdomen, pelvis, or lower back. It may also cause intense menstrual cramps and an enlarged abdomen.

Additionally, fibroid pain sometimes may cause pressure or fullness in the abdomen, bladder problems, and groin or lower back pain during periods. Severe cases of fibroid pain may also be accompanied by fever, nausea, or vomiting.

What happens if fibroids go untreated?

If fibroids go untreated, they can grow in size and become more painful. As the fibroids grow, they can press on nearby organs and cause additional complications. These can include increased risk of urinary tract infections, increased menstrual bleeding and cramping, constipation, rectal pain, and excessive pressure in the abdominal area.

Some women may experience heavy menstrual bleeding and anemia, which can lead to weaker bones and feelings of fatigue. In some cases, the fibroids can interfere with fertility or cause pregnancy complications, such as miscarriage or premature labor.

In extreme cases, surgery might be required to remove the fibroids and correct the complications they cause. In women approaching menopause, small fibroids may shrink on their own, but larger fibroids might require a doctor’s intervention.