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Fibroid Reoccurance

By Anonymous January 6, 2013 - 9:46pm
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I am currently in menopause. I had heavy bleeding toward the end of peri-menopause with a 3.3 cm fibroid. After menopause I never had any problems with it. I was on low dose hormones and it never grew or gave me problems. Two and a half years ago I was overdosed on testosterone for 10 months, and it just tore my adrenals up and my endocrine system. I went to doctor after doctor and no one could figure out why I was so weak. Then I had the pellets inserted by a specialist and they level my system out very well, but the Estrogen pellet caused the fibroid to double in size and I had a withdrawal bleed after the pellet wore off as my OB/GYN wanted me off of it. I was in the hospital for two days and had to have a transfusion. They gave me another huge hit of estrogen to stop the bleeding and of course the fibroid grew again. They left me on estrogen only for three weeks. I kept spotting until I finally went back on my progesterone. Then week later I started bleeding again and it has been on and off from spotting to blood when I urinate for five weeks now. I have managed to slow things down with some herbs, as I was apprehensive about any surgical procedure because I am already quite weak, and wasn't sure how I would hold up with something terribly invasive. I am sensitive to everything and have not been able to work for over two years now. I am getting desperate for answers and have an appointment tomorrow with a new OB/GYN that was referred to me by the pellet specialist. I have been doing a lot of reading about UFE, but I can not find cases like mine that are in menopause, as I feel this is a unique situation. I have tried slowly cutting my dose of estrogen, but this has been a huge mental albatross and it wearing me down not knowing how long this is going to keep bleeding.

Can you give me any advice on menopausal woman that you have seen with this kind of problem?

Thank you,
Merry Citoli

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Hi Anon,

Welcome to EmpowHER. No one knows exactly what causes fibroids. However, it is believed that fibroids are affected to some degree by the female hormones estrogen and progesterone. According to the Mayo Clinic, fibroids appear to decrease significantly in size (or disappear altogether) once a woman has gone through menopause

Since fibroids often shrink after menopause. Some other treatment can also include medications like Danazol, surgical operations like a hysterectomy (removal of the uterus and fibroids) or myomectomy (uterus is left in place, but fibroids are removed), as well as other types of procedures such as a focused ultrasound (destroys fibroids without need of an incision). 

Seeing a specialist is the best decision on finding the right treatment for you.



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