Weight gain can be caused by a number of different factors. Sometimes the reason for your weight gain can be figured out easily — a break from the gym, a change in medication, or a switch up in your eating habits. But what if you can’t figure out where those extra pounds came from? Unusual weight gain that comes on suddenly, without an obvious reason could be related to uterine fibroids.
Fibroids are common, non-cancerous tumors that grow on or within the muscular walls of the uterus. Sudden weight gain is one of the lesser known symptoms of fibroids, but weight and fibroid growth are closely related. Uterine fibroids could be the cause of unusual weight gain, particularly around the belly.
How Do Uterine Fibroids Cause Weight Gain?
Many women with uterine fibroids don’t experience symptoms because their fibroids are about the size of a pea. However, some women’s fibroids grow larger and can be up to the size of a grapefruit. Women can also have multiple fibroids. These larger fibroids can cause severe symptoms, including an enlarged uterus. Women usually experience an enlarged uterus when they are pregnant, but large or numerous fibroids can cause your uterus to become enlarged. 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.
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 this weight gain is caused by uterine fibroids, it is difficult to diagnose without the help of a doctor.
Additionally, other fibroid symptoms may impact your lifestyle and affect your weight. Symptoms like anemia, heaving 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.
How to Treat Weight Gain Due to Uterine Fibroids
Women who suffer from uterine fibroids and symptoms of an enlarged uterus may find it difficult to stay active; however, exercising regularly and eating a balanced diet can help reduce painful symptoms of uterine fibroids.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is only a temporary solution for symptomatic fibroids. At USA Fibroid Centers, we perform a minimally invasive treatment called Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE), that shrinks uterine fibroids and reduces painful symptoms. By shrinking your fibroids, your uterus will be able to return to a normal size because it won’t have to compensate for the fibroids. When you have find relief from your enlarged uterus, you will feel better physically and mentally, as you can return to your lifestyle.
If you think fibroids might be behind your weight gain, treatment could help you feel better. Take our symptom quiz today see if you could benefit from treatment for uterine fibroids, then reach out to us to schedule an appointment.