Fibroid Bleeding

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I have been told I have a fibroid in my uterus that is causing my uterus to be enlarged and distended. My uterus is approx 3 times its normal size. Dr just wants to do a hysterectomy but as I'm 49 I've opted to wait and see how menopause goes in shrinking it etc. I'm bleeding after sex sometimes and the dr says it's the fibroid as everything else is healthy. Does anyone know why I don't bleed after jumping around with my grandchildren then?

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    Hi Sharon, I was around the same age as you when I was diagnosed with fibroids, mine were small but numerous then. I opted to do the same as you, watch and wait, but in my case this was not a good idea, the fibroids continued to grow, bleed and cause pain for the last 10 years! I still have them (I have taken 4 courses of Esmya which has shrunk them temporarily but then they have grown back) and am finally hoping that menopause is here. The fibroids seem to hold back menopause as once large they produce oestrogen. Good luck with treatment just beware that menopause may not be as close as you think! x
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    Hi Sharon, I am 51 and have been waiting for the menopause for the last three years, unfortunately it is showing no signs! I have done three courses of Esmya and although a God send while on them, the breaks were horrendous and the blooming fibroids are bigger than ever! I have now left it so Iong I can no longer have the less invasive options so am scheduled to have a TAH on Thursday, I wish I had been braver and dealt with this sooner! I am happy that I tried other things before I made the decision to have a hysterectomy as it did give me time to get my head around what I am doing and am now looking forward to finally getting on with my life without constant pain, bleeding etc......has taken up way too much of my life!!

    I wish you well and hope you find a option that works for you (try not to let them get so big tho, although a lot depends on where they are as well apparently). Take care,

    Barb xx

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    Hi Sharon. I've been waiting and hoping for my fibroids to shrink and start menopause for 10 years. I'm 58. still had periods until last summer and now having regular spotting, light bleeds, after sex, pilates, playing with grandchildren. My tummy is getting larger and it's getting me down.

    I wish I'd had a hysterectomy years ago but was too scared. Considering it now.

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      Maisie my experience is so similar to yours. Never really stopped having periods, I am now 59 and it does seem I am at last into menopause. I have had a few small bleeds, after sex, after playing tennis, Pilates, then sometimes for no reason at all. It gets me down and I wonder if I will go back to major bleeds and thefibroids are growing again. But I am also having hot flushes and sweats every few hours so maybe not. It's all very confusing. My last course of Esmya finished at the beginning of May so fingers crossed. My stomach is still large but softer than before.

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    Hi Women, I'm an Interventional Radiologist that specializes in Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE). You absolutely don't have to have a hysterectomy if your fibroids are the only source of the problem. UFE can treat fibroids of almost any size. I've treated women whose fibroids go up to their ribs. Ninety percent of the time UFE will take care of your symptoms. The recovery time is usually a week. Most patients I treat are between 35 and 55 years old. And it's not the right choice if you want to get pregnant in the future. If you don't mind having surgery, a hysterectomy is fine. But if you don't want surgery or don't want to lose your uterus, you have another minimally invasive option. You can search online for an Interventional Radiologist in your area that performs UFE. 

    Suzanne Slonim, MD

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    I would suggest you look into UFE. I had mines done approximately one month ago. The pain is high for two days, but could be managed with pain meds. It took me a month to feel better, I tired easily for the first three weeks. From what I've read most women feel better at the third week. I would definitely recommend a UFE, I had large fibroids and can already see and feel a difference. Just know recovery is NOT one week.

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    Hi Sharon! I suffered with two fibroids for about a year. I had the UFE procedure about 3 weeks ago. I'm so relieved right now. However, im still experiencing some cramping from the fibroids shrinking. Best decision ever.

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