Pregnant…with fibroids?

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Pregnant…with fibroids?

“Congratulations! When are you due?!” Though saying this is appropriate when there is indeed a pregnancy, sometimes this congratulatory statement is given or received when there is no pregnancy. Which, needless to say, is embarrassing and uncomfortable for all involved.

But how, you might ask, could someone mistakenly assume a woman is pregnant?

Though sometimes weight gain, especially in the form of excess belly fat can make a woman’s body appear pregnant, it’s not the only underlying cause.

In fact, sometimes, weight gain has little to do with it, and the appearance of pregnancy can be caused by something else entirely.  And, that something else, could be uterine fibroids.

That’s right.

For starters, uterine fibroids can range in size… and location.

Sometimes they are as small as 1-5 centimeters, which is about the size of a small seed or a grape. Other times they are medium-sized which is usually between 5-10 centimeters or about the size of a lemon or even an orange.

Large fibroids are 10 centimeters or more and can grow to be the size of a mango or grapefruit. And, in some cases, they can even be as large as a watermelon.

So now, imagine what a woman’s body might look like with a watermelon-sized fibroid in her uterus, and you’ll see how an erroneous “Congratulations! When are you due!?” could happen.

Fibroids can sometimes grow to the point where they distort the abdomen, making some women appear pregnant. Furthermore,  depending on their size and the number of them, fibroids can not only lead to an increase in clothing size, but they can also lead to an increase on the scale as well.

In fact, when left untreated, some larger fibroids can weigh as much as 20 to 40 pounds!

And, as if that isn’t bad enough, fibroids regardless of their size can come with a slew of terrible life-interrupting symptoms such as long and painful periods, anemia, excessive bleeding in between cycles, pelvic pressure, and pain, frequent urination, constipation, and fatigue.

All of these symptoms can not only affect a woman’s day-to-day life, but they can adversely affect the way she feels about herself and her body.

In our next article, we will take a look at the effect that fibroids can have on a woman’s body image.

In the meantime, if you or a loved one are experiencing body distortion from large fibroids, or painful symptoms from any size fibroid, you are not alone. Read this recent blog post to find out if you are a good candidate for Uterine Fibroid Embolization.

Help is available, and you can even call us today and set up a consultation where we can work together to help determine the best treatment plan for you.

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