Recognizing the Connection Between Weight Gain and Fibroids
Unexpected and mysterious weight gain can lead to concern, particularly in the absence of significant changes to your eating habits or routine.
It is common for women who have gained weight rapidly to discover that uterine fibroids are the cause. Approximately 20% to 80% of women are affected by fibroids. Fibroids are related to numerous symptoms, including weight gain, especially for those with larger fibroids that quickly grow.
At Dallas Fibroid Center, we realize that unexplained, sudden weight gain can result in physical and psychological strain.
Additionally, we provide next-generation treatments that alleviate fibroid symptoms, such as weight gain, getting you to a fibroid-free life without invasive surgery or prolonged recovery times.
We have exceptional treatment options if you’ve noticed sudden weight gain you believe might be caused by uterine fibroids.
Let’s take a look at the connection between fibroids and weight gain.
Do fibroids always cause weight gain?
Yes, weight gain is a common symptom experienced by many women living with fibroids.
Although fibroid symptoms, including weight gain, can vary from one woman to another, most women living with larger fibroids or a cluster of them will experience some level of change on the scale.
Why do uterine fibroids cause weight gain?
Uterine fibroids can grow to the size of a melon, sometimes causing the uterus to expand to make room for them, as it does during pregnancy.
Fibroids grow in size and tissue mass, resulting in sometimes significant weight gain and physical distortion. Very large fibroids will crowd other organs in the lower abdomen, causing the impression of bloating or even pregnancy.
What causes fibroids to grow?
Fibroids are benign muscle growths undergoing cycles of development and breakdown. Fibroids can grow in size, shape, and weight based on the amount of blood flow they receive. Fibroid growth may be more pronounced in some women than in others.
A fibroid specialist can help you determine the best treatment options if you have fibroids that lead to weight gain.
Symptom-Relieving Fibroid Treatment in Dallas
At Dallas Fibroid Center, we know untreated fibroids can cause symptoms that negatively affect your physical health, emotional health, reproductive capability, and lifestyle. If you are experiencing distressing symptoms that you think might be attributable to fibroids, you have multiple treatment options that could yield excellent outcomes.
Dallas Fibroid Center offers minimally invasive, highly effective treatments that can minimize and even eliminate fibroid symptoms. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact us today.
Dr. Luke Carlson
Interventional Radiologist Dr. Luke Carlson offers decades of experience successfully treating uterine fibroids using advanced uterine fibroid embolization procedures.