Fibroids After Menopause

Fibroids and Menopause - Do Uterine Fibroid Symptoms Disappear With Menopause?

Author: Melanie

One of the popular methods to treat fibroids is to do nothing about it. Doctors often recommend the wait and watch approach to women close to menopausal age. However contrary to popular conventional theory, in some women uterine fibroid symptoms get worse during or after menopause. Often fibroids and menopause can happen together.

Estrogen is mainly responsible for boosting the growth of fibroid tumors in uterus. During menopause the production of estrogen decreases by almost 50-60%. Logically if the body does not produce enough hormones to feed the uterine tumor, it should automatically start shrinking on its own.

However you will be surprised to know that irrespective of age, in many women during the post menopausal stage, the symptoms of fibroids start getting worse. In these women the uterine tumor grows despite the fall in levels of estrogen which occurs at menopause.

Why does this happen?

Substances which act exactly like estrogen are referred to Estrogen Mimickers. There are "good" estrogen mimickers and "bad" ones. The former are known as phytoestrogens and are usually found in vegetables. This type of mimicker ensures that the body maintains good level of estrogen balance at all times.

The "bad" estrogen also known as xenoestrogens refer to artificial chemicals. These chemicals are capable of disrupting the entire endocrine system and reproductive functions. They can cause several other health problems like breast cancer, fibroids and endometriosis.

Xenoestrogens are found commonly in household detergents and cosmetics. They are present in the hormones used to feed livestock which produces meat and milk. Pesticides used to grow fruits and vegetables contain this type of estrogen mimickers. It is also found in plastic containers which hold our food and water. Xenoestrogens cause fibroids to grow irrespective of whether estrogen is produced naturally by our bodies or not. Therefore fibroids continue to grow in women in the post menopausal phase too resulting in the uterine fibroid symptoms getting severe. This is also the reason for rise in number of women suffering from fibroids these days.

How to tackle this problem?

Do not be under the impression that fibroids and menopause do not mix. Start following simple natural remedies which can be easily made a part of your daily diet and routine. Go for organically grown foodstuff wherever possible. Avoid using cosmetics and detergents which contain harmful chemicals that may aggravate the growth of fibroid tumors in uterus. Try using glass or ceramic containers to store your food and water instead of plastic ones. It is easy to get rid of uterine fibroids symptoms if you follow some of these simple home remedies.

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I am an ex banker turned home maker. As soon as I reached the age of 40 I started experiencing a number of typical "women's problems". Like most others I too always resorted to modern medicines as my first line of treatment. Needless to say it was always accompanied by a number of side effects. Sick and tired of bearing up with the side effects I decided to do some research of my own. Thanks to internet I came across ideas and methods of natural cure for most of these typical women's issues. I have tried these out personally and now am a strong believer in nature cure. Nature Cure is absolutely safe, has no side effects and offers permanent solution for most of our problems.


  1. Cami J
      April 27, 2011

    How long does it take fibroids to shrink after menopause?
    About a year ago, I was diagnosed with fibroids. Now that my course of menopause is about over, when will the fibroids begin to shrink?

  2. Renie
      April 29, 2011

    Is hysterectomy after menopause the best answer for hormone therapy when you have uterine fibroids?
    I have uterine fibroids and have gone through menopause. I desperately need HRT but due to uterine fibroids my doctor recomends hysteroctomy. I have also had steph infections in the urinary tract due to enlarged uterus. My urologists also recomends hysterectomy.

    • i ♥ hershey ♥♥♥♥♥
        April 30, 2011

      if you have both doctors telling you the same thing then I say go for it ~ i never made it to menopause I had a hyst 8 years ago & all though it was a little mind boggling for me I made it through just fine & I did do hrt for about 1 month & quit due to the high risk of heart attack & stroke & death ~but I am fine without it & have no strange hair growing any where so I did well i do believe♦

  3. helen c
      April 30, 2011

    Fibroids after the age of 60?
    Hi, my mum has just had her gallbladder removed and we thought after pain she’d had with that she’d be on the road to recovery. Now she’s been suffering with needing to got to the toilet all the time, back ache, bad trapped wind and really swollen belly that she says feels like she’s pregnant and feels as if she’s been kicked!

    She has just visited the doctor again after being told it was IBS and now they are saying it may be fibroids and she will probably need a hysterectomy. Have been trying to find some information out on all of this and am bit worried cause everything I read comes up saying fibroids shrink after menopause and you don’t get them and just wondered if anyone else had had similar diagnosis late on in life cause everything I read points to more sinister causes which doesn’t help when Im trying to find info out that makes her not worry so much.

    Thanks for any help
    She’s had bloods done when she first had symptoms after a gallbladder attack and is in for an ultrasound next week.

    If its not fibroids then should I be worried its something more sinister or are her symptoms something that could be treated by say a hysterectomy?
    Thanks Rhianna,

    My mum did have polyps few years back and had them removed. At the time she was told she had fibroids and would need to have a hysterectomy then she was told they wouldn’t preform one cause of her age and they would shrink. At the doctors today the doctor did do an internal exam and said she thought it felt like fibroids. Just baffled that people are saying can’t be one cause of her age etc but then the doctor saying different. I know her symptoms are simliar to ovarian cancer too so thats making me worried. Think her urnie has been slightly dark but she hasn’t been bleeding.
    Thanks Patricia, Thats interesting to hear that your mum had them at her age, makes me feel better and gives me at least something positive to tell my mum. Would love to find out why people say you can’t get them later in life when obviously your mum has got them. I did wonder if the gallbladder treatment did set something off, so much the doctors don’t tell you after these op’s. Fingers crossed her ultrasound will go ok next week.
    The poor lady to get to 77 and have them. How long did your mum take to recover from her op by the way? Just wondering cause we’d planned a trip to canada in the summer and hopefully we can still go and is something she can look forward to as long as she’s better.

    • Rhianna does Medicine Year 1
        April 30, 2011

      Fibroids are more common with women of child bearing age because oestrogen stimulates their growth. During menopause oestrogen of course decreases. What your mother may have is polyps. Is there actually any PV bleeding?

      They will probably want to do a TV ultrasound and check her ovaries are not enlarged and depending on her symptoms a colonoscopy might be indicated.

      Any post menopausal bleeding is cause for concern, they will want to run different tests, it’s least likely to be fibroids at her age though- but certainly not imposable, the above poster is not really correct. For example, if she is overweight, oestrogen can be produced by fat cells, so overweight women have more circulating oestrogen in their bodies.

      Yes Patricia is right. Nothing is always text book in medicine, good Drs know this. Although rare, fibroids are indeed possible post menopause. Your mother may not have something sinister at all, however all PMB (post menopausal bleeding) needs investigating and other more serious conditions ruled out. If her blood work does not indicate any disease activity then it’s most likely to be a benign cause. You’d really need to wait for the results of whatever tests they are doing. It could even be something to do with her bladder/gallbladder etc.

  4. no name
      April 30, 2011

    Do polyps or fibroids bleed after the menopause, I noticed some blood on the tissue after I had a wee.Help
    please I am so scared, had my smear test done two weeks ago, not had the result yet.

    • Dr Frank
        April 30, 2011

      Fibroids tend to regress at the menopause. Polyps can be traumatised and bleed. I am afraid however that you really have to wait for your results.

  5. pixles
      April 30, 2011

    Female reproductive expert please!! Can you still have fibroids and ovarian cysts after menopause?
    I haven’t had a period in 6 years? Prior to my period ending I had ovarian cysts and fibroid tumors. I would have ultrasounds and they got smaller; then finally I had my menopause. I was led to believe that when my period stopped I wouldn’t get them anymore. last year when I had gallbladder surgery they told me I still had them. Until today, though, I had really not had any pain. Today I had severe cramps and swelling, my back hurt, just like when I used to have my period.. I feel like I have the fibroids again. How can I have them if I am not reproducing anymore? Is this possible? Please help!

    • nobodyinparticular
        April 27, 2011

      If you are not taking hormones, the fibroids should shrink after menopause. Obviously, the cysts haven’t.

      If one of those cysts breaks, it can dump fluid into you abdomen that can be irritating.

      The pain you are having may be totally unrelated to either your fibroids or your cysts. See a doctor ASAP.

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