Menopause And Fibroids: Is There A Connection?
There is a popular myth that menopause can cure uterine fibroids. It doesn’t.
It makes sense to think that when you are no longer having periods, chronic conditions of your female reproductive organs (like fibroids) will also go away.
But that isn’t necessarily true. Women who are close to menopause are often advised by their doctors to “just hang in there,” and a lot of women do just that for many years, without seeing their fibroids shrink or their symptoms diminish.
Fibroids (non-cancerous tumors in the uterus) affect up to 80% of women of childbearing age and are most common in African American women ages 35-50. It has been reported that many women experience more severe fibroid symptoms before the onset of menopause, which is called perimenopause.
Perimenopause usually begins several years before menopause. It’s the time when the ovaries gradually begin to make less estrogen. It usually starts in a woman’s 40s, but can start in her 30s or even earlier. Symptoms of perimenopause can begin