Is it okay to use elliptical and treadmill with fibroids?

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I'm 27 and diagnosed with fibroid. I find the social pressure (to get married and have kids etc) quite overwhelming. Depression and anxiety are already bad, on top of everything, I've always been overweight. 100 kg right now. I tried diet plans and everything but finally decided to hit the gym. I had lots of fears and was planning on only testing if I can do it or not. It went good. I don't feel any pain or discomfort after using elliptical and treadmill but I'm still anxious. Will gym workout make my fibroids grow or make me have heavy periods or something? I need to lose weight becaue I've faced health issues because of it and workout is woking in this sense, but I don't want my fibroids to get worse because of workout.

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    Hi Fatima54, 

    I've read a few articles on exercise and uterine fobroids for myself, and in summary, it's okay, and can be beneficial in some ways to exercise with fibroids.

    Although you should try to avoid high impact cardio as it could cause some pain to fibroids, and try to avoid anything that might put too much pressure on your lower stomach if you have a large fibroid or fibroids.

    I've always found that exercise helps to ease my cramping during heavy periods with a fibroid, personally.

    Good luck with your weight loss journey smile

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    Hi Fatima,

    Please keep on exercising, as long as you're comfortable with it. I find it helps with my anxiety and depression as well. Helps me sleep better also. Fibroids won't get bigger because of the exercise, if they grow it's not because you're going to the gym.

    I found it good to use an app to document my cycle and how heavy and long it was. It helped when talking to specialists when I eventually got referred. Have you had any scans yet to know how big or how many fibroids you have? Have you been given treatment options?

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    Hello

    I don't think any exercise will make your fibroids grow - and it's important to stay as fit and healthy as possible, so keep doing it if you can. I do a lot of yoga, this is great for anxiety and depression. And is a nice way to exercise in a more chilled way (!)

    All the best to you x

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    I was over 120kg last year I am now 84kg, I have fibroids and an under active thyroid I use a treadmill and a vibration plate I've also done Zumba, it can be done my Drs are really proud of me as I was due for weight loss surgery but have took the steps to change, I'm 41 soon to be 42 if I can you can too, it's willpower smile good luck 

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    Fatima,

    Exercise will actually help you. Even with your depression and anxiety.  My depression and anxiety peaked at 35.  Studies show that women that exercise regularly have fewer fibroids and when they get treatment for fibroids less will grow back.  So your doing good for your health on all levels.  

    Age and weight have an impact on chances of getting fibroids.  Young women with no children, overweight women and women of African decent most frequently get fibroids.  But more than 50% of all women will get fibroids before they are 50 years old.  Many don't even know they have them.

    Exercise also lessens heavy periods and helps with back aches.  I know this because I lived my entire life with endometriosis.  I weighed 89.35 kg when I was diagnosed with it.  I now had to add fibroids to that pile over a decade ago.

    There are treatments and choices for the many types of fibroids.  Its not all doom and gloom.  Some can be surgically removed, others cant. Hormone therapy can shrink fibroids.  Focused Ultrasound can zap the smaller fibroids.  Embolyzation cuts off blood supply to the uterus, killing fibroids.  Ablation helps reduce bleeding.  It all depends on your age, whether or not you want kids, the size of your fibroids and what you want to do with your body.  

    Some women just want it to be over with and jump at hysterectomy.  Many are convinced by their doctors that a hysterectomy is the only way to go.  Others want to avoid hysterectomy with every fibre of their being.  I'm in the last category at 51 years old.  I've learned methods of coping that eased my symptoms.

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