Unexplained Sudden Weight Gain in Women: What To Look Out For
Have you noticed lately that your pants are feeling tighter? Has the number on your scale suddenly increased, even though you haven’t changed how you eat? We want you to be aware that sudden weight gain in women can be caused by a range of underlying health conditions, including hypothyroidism, diabetes, perimenopause, and uterine fibroids.
Fibroids are common, non-cancerous tumors that grow on or within the muscular walls of the uterus. They can affect about one-third of women under the age of 35. If you have fibroids, you may experience symptoms such as pelvic or lower back pain, heavy or irregular periods, anemia, and frequent urination.
Unexplained weight gain is a lesser-known symptom of fibroids. If you have sudden weight gain in the stomach area, this may indicate an enlarged uterus due to fibroids. Fibroids can also lead to constipation or menstrual bloating, and weight gain sometimes follows.
If you believe that you may have uterine fibroids, we recommend contacting your doctor or a fibroid specialist for a full medical evaluation. In the meantime, here is some basic information about unexplained weight gain in women due to uterine fibroids.
Can Uterine Fibroids Cause Sudden Weight Gain in Women?
As discussed above, uterine fibroids can cause sudden weight gain in women. They can also damage surrounding organs, impact fertility, and cause a range of painful, uncomfortable, and inconvenient symptoms.
Many women with uterine fibroids don’t experience symptoms because their fibroids are about the size of a pea. However, some fibroids can be up to the size of a grapefruit, and some women may also develop multiple fibroids. Growth can occur even when women don’t experience symptoms, leaving them unaware of the possibility they have uterine fibroids.
Larger or multiple fibroids can cause severe symptoms to appear. Women usually experience an enlarged uterus when pregnant, but big or numerous fibroids can also cause your uterus to enlarge. An enlarged uterus will cause you to feel bloated, full, or have sudden weight gain.
Women with an enlarged uterus due to fibroids often notice something is wrong when their pants don’t fit the same way anymore. They may also see a noticeable fullness in the lower abdomen area.
How Do Fibroids Cause Weight Gain?
The correlation between fibroid tumors and weight gain is simple: the bigger your fibroids grow, the more they will weigh. This directly impacts weight gain in the abdomen and can make a woman’s stomach appear larger and more full. Because uterine fibroids cause this weight gain, it is difficult to diagnose without a doctor’s help.
Additionally, other fibroid symptoms may impact your lifestyle and affect your weight. Symptoms like anemia, heavy bleeding, increased menstrual cramps, and pain in your back or pelvis can lower your energy levels and make it more difficult to maintain an active lifestyle. There is a direct relationship between fibroids and weight gain, and seeking treatment from a fibroid specialist can help alleviate this symptom.
How To Treat Fibroids and Stop Weight Gain
Women suffering from uterine fibroids and symptoms of an enlarged uterus may find it difficult to stay active, which in turn can contribute to putting on extra pounds. However, exercising regularly and eating a balanced diet of whole, unprocessed foods can help reduce weight gain, along with the painful symptoms of uterine fibroids.
We suggest eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy. It is also a good idea to avoid added sugars, sodium, unhealthy fats, and alcohol. If you struggle to appropriately manage your diet, visiting a registered dietician may help. You can ask your doctor for a referral.
We want you to understand that maintaining a healthy lifestyle is only a temporary solution for symptomatic fibroids. Fortunately, effective treatment exists that can alleviate your symptoms. Many women believe that a hysterectomy, the complete surgical removal of the uterus, is their only treatment option. This isn’t true. There are a range of available fibroid treatments that include surgical and non-surgical techniques.
At USA Fibroid Centers, we perform a minimally invasive, FDA-approved treatment called Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE). Uterine Fibroid Embolization is a non-surgical, office-based treatment performed by our skilled interventional radiologists. It shrinks uterine fibroids and reduces painful symptoms. This is done by blocking blood flow in the uterine artery that feeds into the fibroids: without that steady supply of blood, the fibroid tumor shrivels up.
The UFE treatment can be done fairly quickly (about 30 to 45 minutes, depending on the size and number of fibroids) in our state-of-the-art treatment facilities. You can go home once the procedure is over. Most women resume normal activities within a few days, with full recovery expected in one to two weeks.
Shrinking your fibroids can allow the uterus to return to a normal size because it won’t have to compensate for the fibroids. When you find relief from your enlarged uterus, you are likely to feel better physically and mentally, as you can return to your normal lifestyle. We recommend keeping up with healthy habits such as eating nutritious meals and exercising regularly.
Schedule a Consultation With USA Fibroid Centers Today!
Fibroids can cause unexplained weight gain in women when they grow to larger sizes or multiply. If you think fibroids might be behind your weight gain, we recommend contacting your doctor or a fibroid specialist. The good news is that treatment such as UFE could help you feel better.
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We have many convenient locations across the country, staffed by compassionate and experienced fibroid specialists who can give you a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan. We also offer telemedicine consultations. Get back into your favorite pair of jeans by talking to one of our fibroid specialists to learn more about fibroids and weight gain.