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.
Fibroids During Menopause
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:
- Acessa Procedure, a safe, effective and minimally invasive Laparoscopic surgery that addresses symptomatic uterine fibroids of all sizes and locations, without harming the uterus.
- Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)
It is important to discuss all of these options with uterine fibroid expert, Dr. Albert Odom, as he will be able to help you reach a decision based on your current health and outlook on potential treatments. Dr. Odom is a board-certified gynecologist with extensive experience diagnosing and treating women for uterine fibroids.