Big Fibroids And Pregnancy

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How to loose belly after delivery?
    I have really big belly after my first delivery. My baby is now 3.5 months old and it looks like I am about 4 months pregnant. I had/have big fibroids during pregnancy. Is it because of them?

    • ANSWER:
      Cardio is the best and quickest way to burn fat.

      Running is the fastest way for me to shrink my waist back to pre-baby size. (Just a note- time spend on the elliptical was a waste of time!)

      If you are not up for running, walking on an incline will work as well- just keep your arms moving, dont grab the treadmill for support because you are reducing your work out.

      Good Luck!

  2. QUESTION:
    How do I get read of fibroids without going thru operation?
    I developed fibroids some three years back and am advised to go for operation. But due to some velicose veins which I have I fear. And most of the time am anaemic. Pliz do advise. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Hope this helps. Fibroids are not generally life threatening. Most women that have fibroids suffer heavy menstruation and that tends to make you anemic. There are alternatives to surgery and they include use of a catheter to cut off the blood supply to the fibroid and it eventually sloughs off the uterine wall and you will pass out the pieces (falls out in chunks). A small tube is inserted in the main blood vessels that supply the fibroid and blocks the blood from reaching the fibroid. Generally takes a few months and is painless and no surgery or hysterectomy. Also, if they are not very large a D&C (Dilation & Cutterage) may be performed. Basically, they give you a general anasthetic, dilate your cervix and scrape the fibroids off your uterus. If you have not had a child, some doctors may recommend pregnancy depending on the size or location of the fibroids but you will have to monitor your pregnancy closely as fibroids my grow during pregnancy. Other doctors recommend partial or radical (total) hysterectomy; I disagree with that option unless your bloodloss is so great that your life is in danger or the fibroid is so big that it's putting you in danger. Finally, if you are not comfortable with your doctor's option of surgery, get a second & third opinion. Research treatment options and discuss them with your doctor(s).

  3. QUESTION:
    Have you had a uterine fibroid related to pregnancy that you can feel through your abdomen?
    I just had a baby and while still in the hospital, the day after giving birth, I felt a nodule the size of a quarter on the top of my uterus. The doctor felt it and said he thinks it may be a uterine fibroid and will check it at my 6 week post baby check up because by that time, it would most likely shrink due to decreasing levels of pregnancy hormones. I am pretty scared at the moment. I did not have fibroids with my first child.

    • ANSWER:
      I am currently pregnant and have 3 fibroids, one that is about 8 cm at the top of my uterus. Recently my belly got bigger and I can no longer feel the fibroid through my skin. A quarter sized fibroid is nothing to worry about. They grow during pregnancy because you produce more hormones and tend to shrink after you give birth. They are non-cancerous and you shouldn't worry -- your baby is fine, be thankful.

  4. QUESTION:
    My doctor suspect i have uterine fibroid and i will go for a scAn to cofirm that tommorow?
    He said if the size is big and will affect my fertility a sugery woul be carried to remove it. What are my chances of making babies if the fibroid is removed. Anybody with a similar situation who has had successful birth after sugery. Friends tell me something am very worried and would not want anything to affect my chances of having my own babies.

    • ANSWER:
      Don't worry at all.. If you have a big fibroid it needs to come out because it puts you at great rick of not being able to carry a baby to full term or miscarriage that is what I was told by my RE doctor.
      I understand how scared you must feel but trust me if they have to they will remove it and you will heal and be back on baby making duties.
      My RE said that you need a nice smooth uterus for a baby to plant on and I asked the RE if it will effect me having a baby and I was told NO.
      So don't worry I know easier said than done my body has been picked and probed and repaired for a baby. These are the things we must do to make sure we have healthy pregnancy's it could even be nothing for you.
      Baby Dust in 2008.

  5. QUESTION:
    What kind of conditions can a pelvic ultrasound identify?
    Is it a big ordeal then for the doctor to interpret the results when he recieves them from the radiologist? Does it take alot of time?

    • ANSWER:
      Your Doc will receive a written report of the findings from the Radiologist. A pelvic US is to evaluate the uterus, ovaries and to some extent , the bladder. It will show the size, shape and most abnormalities of the uterus ( fibroids, endometrial thickening,position, tumors, masses..) The ovaries ( enlargement, cysts, torsion, tumors..) Also any free fluid , an IUD or ( pregnancy- unless it is very early.)

  6. QUESTION:
    Has anyone had a Fibroid within the Uterine Wall and have fallen pregnant since?
    I have a 1cm fibroid and am trying to fall pregnant. I don't know if there is any hope for me to fall pregnant. Can anyone help me?

    • ANSWER:
      Well I have good news I have one too and I am 5 months pregnant. Mine is just a bit bigger than yours and it doesn't interfere with the pregnancy. Good luck.

  7. QUESTION:
    How soon can you get a fibroid removed after having a baby by c- section?
    If I am having a c- section, how soon after the baby is born can they remove a large fibroid? Mine is big and has caused problems in the past.

    • ANSWER:
      Fibroids grew during pregnancy and shrink after. If you are having a c-section, your doctor will be able to see exactly where the fibroid is and tell you if it can be removed without causing problems. I know women who had the fibroids removed during the c-section and later had more children without problems, but there are other women who could not have the fibroids removed because it would have caused too much blood loss. If the fibroid is not causing any problems during your pregnancy and you want more children, than leave it alone because it will shrink after giving birth. Only you and your doctor can decide if the fibroid must or can be removed and when.

  8. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to carry a baby to term with a large intra uterine fibroid?
    I just found out im pregnant. According to my calculations im about 8 weeks. The only problem is that i have a intra uterine fibroid which is 5.5cm and my doctor told me that it may be necrotic. Im very worried, i just found out today and since its sunday i cant go see the doctor> If you have had a similar experience can u please reply>

    • ANSWER:
      I have a fibroid almost the exact size of yours and I had my daughter last year. She went right up to term (born 2 days before due date) and was perfect. I did have some bleeding on and off through the pregnancy that they determined was from the fibroid. A lot of it really depends on where your fibroid is in relation to the fetus. Mine was located in the lower back side of the uterus which put pressure on my cervix (fibroids tend to grow during pregnancy because of the extra blood and hormones) and was painful from time to time. As I got to the end of my pregnancy I had pretty routine ultrasounds done to check the position of the fibroid and the baby and there was concern that the fibroid might prevent me from having a natural birth. I really wanted to try though, so my doctor stripped my membranes and induced me - I labored for 24 hours and only got to 1cm. (So frustrating!!!) The fibroid was blocking the baby's head from pushing on the cervix, which I guess really helps move things along. I ended up needing a c-section, but I was ok with that. When I found the fibroid years ago the doctor told me that may be a possibility just depending how it all works out.

      If your fibroid is necrotic that means it's dead tissue...which means it's not actively growing or feeding off your blood supply - which is good. It shouldn't get bigger during pregnancy.

      Good luck to you and congrats!

  9. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to become pregnant if you have fibroids ?
    If not how does one get rid of them (fibroids) ?
    ¡Que groserito Answe3r3r !

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, you can get pregnant if you have fibroids, BUT they can cause complications in pregnancies. Fibroids can cause LOTS of pain and grow to be very large where you can look pregnant even if you aren't. If they are bothering you, start monitoring your pain, etc. And have the doctor do a sonogram so you can see how big they are. It may be recommended to get them removed. It is espeically recommended to get them removed if you haven't had children yet. I had mine removed via a myomectomy, it was the best thing I ever did!!! Here's a site, it contains pics of an actual surgery. http://www.myomectomy.net/abdominal_myomectomy.htm

  10. QUESTION:
    Does anybody know what it means to have an enlarged uterus?
    I went to gyn for pap and breast exam. she is running 3 different test on some stuff leaking out of my nipples. now i have to go to the hospital for an ultrasound because my uterus is enlarged. it cant be pregnancy because my tubes are tied. I am so scared. Please someone give me some good advice or share an experience you have had.

    • ANSWER:
      Why do Fibroids Cause an Enlarged Uterus?

      The uterus is designed to expand to accommodate a growing baby. When fibroids develop, the uterus enlarges in response to fibroid growth. Some women notice a distended abdomen similar to pre-menstrual bloat; others experience expansion as big as a full term pregnancy.
      Adenomysis

      Occasionally, an enlarged uterus may be the result of Adenomyosis, a disease which mimics fibroids. Adenomyosis can only be diagnosed with biopsy and imaging studies.
      Can the Uterus Shrink Back?

      When fibroids are removed by surgery (Myomectomy) or are shrunk by Uterine Fibroid Embolization, the uterus will return to normal size. Unfortunately, Myomectomy can damage the uterine lining, impairing fertility. There is also a 30% chance of fibroid re-growth. Embolization has neither of these problems. As a non-surgical procedure, it also won't leave scars on the stomach or bikini area.

  11. QUESTION:
    Has anyone had fibroids that hid the ultrasound image of the fetus?
    I've had 2 miscarriages already, so I was all ready to accept that at 9 weeks, with no fetus visible on ultrasound that I was sure to be told the to expect a third miscarriage. But my doctor said that even though the yolk sac was empty, it was possible that large fibroids could be obscuring the image of the fetus. Somehow. I don't know. Now I have to wait another week for another image. He didn't think taking more HCG levels would help clear things up. I'm really frustrated with this roller coaster ride. I had high HCG levels in the beginning and I feel very pregnant. But that doesn't count for much, I suppose. I saw the scan and it looked like a black empty oval.

    • ANSWER:
      I had lot of fibroids inside my uterus and I had a surgery to remove them. After 22 months of that surgery I got pregnant but at the same time the fibroids grew again, even bigger in size. Now I'm 24 weeks pregnant. I'm not having a lot of problem other then a huge tummy and some minor uncomfortableness.
      Doctors tried to detect my pregnancy through ultrasound when I was 6 weeks pregnant but she couldn't see anything other then fibroids. She also tried vaginal ultrasound, still she could see nothing. The fibroids were so big that the hid the tiny yolk. She gave me blood test to be confirmed about the pregnancy and told me to wait 2 more weeks to get the yolk picture.
      After 2 weeks doctors could see the yolk at the upper side of the uterus, the lower part of the uterus was full of fibroids.
      I'm too careful about the pregnancy as its really risky. I'm hoping that I can give birth of the baby without any big problem. I don't know yet what the doctor is going to do with my uterus when I'll have the surgery to give birth of the baby.

  12. QUESTION:
    What causes heavy flow during menstraution?
    Is the egg bigger than normal? If so, what makes it bigger?

    • ANSWER:
      Heavy Bleeding- Why it Happens

      •Hormones: Generally, a woman nearing menopause or a young girl may experience heavy bleeding at least once within the first year of getting her period. This is a normal situation resulting from hormonal changes, but should be monitored closely because if either loses too much blood, it may lead to other complications.

      •Uterine Fibroids: Some women may develop uterine fibroids as a result of the excessive or quick production of estrogen in the body. It is important to note that a fibroid tumor is benign and non cancerous. However, it can lead to bleeding more than usual which causes much discomfort. Since it is caused due to estrogen, the tumor develops quickly during menstruation and pregnancy when estrogen is produced more.

      •Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID): PID is caused due to an infection in the uterine lining, the ovaries or the fallopian tubes. The causes of PID can be unprotected sex, surgical procedures like abortion or cesarean delivery, etc. This is a very serious problem and many sexually active teens are falling prey to PID without realizing its dangers.

      •Polyps: Uterine polyps are small in growths on the lining of the uterus. Polyps are generally caused by hormonal changes in a woman's body. Women in their late 20s to mid 40s have a greater tendency of experiencing polyps in the uterus, which is also a cause of heavy blood flow during one's period.

      •Medications: Some women may experience heavy flow while on birth control pills or medication for some other ailment. Other medications for inflammations may also cause heavy and continuous flow for quite some time. Hence, women must take care of what medications they're taking and take them only if prescribed.

      Buzzle

  13. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to get rid of a fibroid tumor??
    I was diagnosed with a fibroid tumor over two years ago. The thing has gotten bigger over time and is now starting to look like the early stages of a pregnancy,. I cannot wear any of my cute little dresses anymore because the stomach bulge from the tumor is embarassing.
    I haven't been to the obgyn in two years because I do not have very good health insurance and it is very expensive. The last time I did go she just told me that as long as I am not having any complications from it, than there is nothing I should do about it. I am starting to become embarassed with the way that I look and I want to get rid of it. I have done some online research about it but it talks about having surgery or getting pills to shrink it. Surgery is too expensive and I can't afford it and the pills seem like a gimmick.
    Is there anything that I can do to rid mysel of this ugly tumor?? Help
    I am only 30 and I do not want to have to dress like an old lady.

    • ANSWER:
      Que paso Stacy,

      Im drorganico, natural health practitioner for 12 years and have dealt with several dozens cases like yours and every single one of them, when they client followed every step of the protocol that is, has been cleared up with 6 to 8 weeks of detoxing and making the right adjustments in their lifestyles.

      As you said, your 30 and lots of carefree living in front of you so please get a hold of your emotions and forget the old lady analogies, lets get you back to the secure and sexy image that you know you have of yourself. This can be dealt with faster than you can imagine. However I do need to mention that lack of action on your part will make not being able to wear cute little things a very minor issue compared to other complications that will certainly come about.

      Forget surgery and forget additional costly "toxic legal poison" known as pharmaceuticals prescribed by docs that realy dont know that there are legit, effective and economic solutions that work in harmony with your body, not against it, Ill give you some basic info and if you cant find a decent natural practitioner in your city, and you want some detailed help, contact me through yahoo, my email is listed.

      Stacey, my business slogan is EDUCATE SO AS NOT TO MEDICATE, so bear with me while I give you some basic information so your informed and at least make informed decisions not just heresay, trendy and gossip decisions.

      The fibroid tumor is a hard, benign (noncancerous) tumor that generally occurs in the uterine wall. It usually has no toxic effects on the body and causes problems only if it grows large enough to physically encroach on vital structures. If such tumors are present in the uterus as a woman approaches menopause, they may produce abnormal menstrual bleeding.

      At times this bleeding can be controlled only by removing the uterus. In many cases, much less extreme and natural measures are more than satisfactory. The cause of fibroid tumors remains medicaly unproven though there are many solid theories. Researchers in my natural health field believe its due to certain trace mineral deficiencies via an imbalance of the body PH, more on that in bit.

      The balance of ovarian hormones must play some part in their formation because as a woman goes through menopause, the fibroids present frequently retrogress and atrophy along with the normal shrinking of the uterus.

      Many tumors are in the early stages respond well to the use of certain detox protocols and trace mineral supplementation, this in combination of consuming less acid forming foods and more alkaline forming foods and the all important stress management aspect which also plays a factor in why these tumors formed in the fist place since its a know scientifica fact that un managed stress releases a large amount of unnecessary acid in your system.

      To accomplish this, I recommedn certain detox herbs, supplements with natural detox agents; essential vitamins that reinforce the immune system, vegetable protein and supplementation.

      This combined with spiritual reconnection therapy is effective in virtualy all cases within a time frame of 7 days to get rid of pain, 8 to 12 weeks for the enitre detox process to take hold and at about 12 weeks after the process begins get an ultrasound to confirm what you will already know and feel, the tumor has been flushed out naturaly with no drugs or toxins.

      Now Stacy, about one of the main root causes of your tumor, PH out of balance. Let me explain.

      The body is dominated by 2 chemicals, alkaline and acid, when the acid takes over for a considerable length of time the entire cell structure and tissues are deprived of sufficient oxygen, this is called an "anaerobic enviroment" this was discovered by 2 time Nobel Prize winner in science and medicine, Dr. Otto Werberg, a German physician that won those prestigious awards in 1931 and then again 1938, he also documented that once you get the PH to get more alkaline than acid, the oxygen comes back and no way that any tumor, germ, bacteria, paraiste, fungus or any illness can stay in the body since it doesnt have its required food, acid.

      So as you continue to remain in a Candida state, over acid, fungus starts to form in the inner organs, in your case the uterus and fellopian tubes, to try and combat this over acid state the body now produces mucus, the same icky yellowy stuff we have when we deal with head colds, the reason is that the acid we consume via canned and processed foods or foods that convert into acid in your body, toxic medicines, untreated stress and other factors, these acids have the ability to damage the membranes of your nerves and tissues, therefore the body as a defense mechanism engulfs the acid/toxins with the mucus and in a body with the proper PH balance, it ejects it, detoxes from the body and no problem.

      However in a body out of PH balance, which I suspect is your case, resulting in candida and anaerobic enviroment, the mucus now begins to accumulate in the inner wall of the intestines, tissues, joints, lungs, cells and inner organs so now the body has to produce EXTRA FAT CELLS to engulf the mucus to protect the organs from damage.

      Stacy I dont know if weight gain is an issue in your case, but in most over acid states it is. So in one sense the extra fat cells are actualy saving your life, however the negative result is the weight that wont come off cause your are constantly over acid. That is why it makes sense to eat foods high in alkaline and that way your body wont need to make mucus or fat cells to protect you.

      The solution?....... forget about calories, forget about fat grams, forget about cholesterol count, concentrate on detoxing your body with natural foods I will recommend, get rid of excess acid, get and maintaing the proper PH balance and the tumors will go away, your other symptoms will disipate, your mood will change to positive, weight will come off naturaly and with out these fad diets or toxic pills.

      Glad to help, Live healthy,
      droorganico

  14. QUESTION:
    How much will surgery cost me, out of pocket?
    I have a mass in my abdomen the size of a big grapefruit,not sure if it's a cyst or tumor yet, (just had a CT scan Friday) and I need to know: about how much is it going to cost?
    And if you've had a tumor in your belly removed how did you feel afterwards? (I don't have insurance and I'm 27)
    Thanks girls, I really appreciate your answers! :) Yeah my belly looks like a 3 month old pregnancy... I'm pretty scared. :( and poor...

    • ANSWER:
      I had a complete abdominal hysterectomy back in 1994, without insusrance..My doctors were great & reduced their fees tremendously, in fact on didn't charge a penny!!! The hospital bill then was about 00, & the surgeon was about 0. I'm sure the situation is different now, its been 14 years.. I had huge uterine fibroids & was the size of a 7-month pregnancy.. I was FINE, felt better than in years within 3 days. I never even had a tylenol for pain..

  15. QUESTION:
    Will my fibroids need removed before another pregnancy?
    I know this is something I will discuss with my doctor, but thought some might have experience. My C-Section surgeon found some fibroids on my uterus while delivering the baby. Is this something that will need taken care of before I get pregnant again? I know they can get larger with pregnancy because of the blood supply, but just curious. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I would ask advice from your doctor. It really depends on the size of the fibroids. I had fibroids that was so bigger it cause me to have miscarriage twice. Yours probably not worst like mine. Most people have small fibroids that does not cause any problems. good luck.

  16. QUESTION:
    How to tell if my girlfriend is pregnant?
    Me and my girlfriend had sex once and I know it sounds stupid but I never cam or was even close to. But I seen her today and I felt some type of lump in her stomach, Is it too late to buy a pregnancy test to see if she is cause she still had her period and she has not gotten any bigger not even in breast size.

    • ANSWER:
      Go to a clinic and have a doctor examine your girlfriend to make sure that lump is nothing serious like a fibroid uterus. You can have a period when your pregnant. I would be very sensitive to her in this situation. You can do another pregnancy test and the results should be accurate. Why are you afraid. If you think you didn't do it maybe someone else did. That is when DNA comes in. When did you have sex with her from the next time you saw her. A lump is not a bump. I think you are also paranoid and young. They make these things..not sure if you heard of them...they are called ..i think..condoms. Try 2 at a time or just abstain. You don't sound ready for responsibility.

  17. QUESTION:
    Absess in my mouth and a uterine fibroid OMG I am almost 57 years old?
    A tooth ache. Does anyone identify with me. a bleeding fibroid. what is a girl to do, does anyone have any answers for me. I am sick and tired of being sick and tired. Also I am voting for McCain. But I would of voted for Hillary.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sorry you are going through this. I think it's best to ask your G yn dr. If you don't have one (my mom never went) then ask your family dr. who he can recommend for you. I had two uterine fibroids and also adenomyosis that was diagnosed (although adenomyosis is usually diagnosed after a hysterectomy because the ultrasound showed what it looked like. The dr. said he could feel two fibroids (not big or anything but they gave me so much trouble and two years after I had my third baby I ended up having a hysterectomy at age 29. I was like you and sick and tired of being sick and tired. There are treatments such as a myomectomy but usually that's for women who still want to have a baby. Another option if you are bleeding very heavy like going through a pad in an hour or less can be something called UAE or uterine artery embolization. I didn't want to do this since my chouices were either a hysterectomy (we didn't want anymore kids and I was really bleeding very heavy). I would go through a tampon in about 20 minutes. I also am aware that fibroids depending on the size can affect the bladder or make it difficult for someone to be able to have a hard time peeing if the uterus is pressing on the bladder. Also incontinence (wetting like when someone sneezes). I did see a urologist before my hysterectomy and was diagnosed and treated for urethral stenosis. My urologist told me that I'd feel so much better after a hysterectomy which I was planning on having done. I had to have support from my family because it is major surgery. Some women depending on the size of the fibroid can have a vaginal hysterectomy if the uterus is not any bigger than 9 weeks pregnancy size. An ultrasound can show how big in measurement a uterus is. Also a gyn dr. can feel if the uterus is enlarged, boggy (adenomyosis or endometriosis in the uterine muscle), or if the bladder is being pushed on making it difficult to pass urine or keep it in you like if you sneeze, cough, or do something else.

      With the technology today there are many tests to determine which treatment or cure is right for you. You are not alone. Many women do have fibroids. With some they don't bother anyone meaning they don't cause any bladder problems or heavy bleeding while with others they have problems.

      You can feel free to email me (emails are private and not given on here when you click on my email button). This site will give you a box that you can send email to and will not display your email address. I'm very confidential from being in the medical field already and I don't share anyones medical history or give out their email if they want to actually email me at my address I can give out if you want when you message me. I've went through so much since I was 28 and my energy level was low (probably from bleeding so much and feeling the pressure om my bladder due to the firbroid.

      From what I know there are three treatments for fibroids and as I mentioned before one is a myomectomy, another is UAE (uterine artery embolization), and another is a hysterectomy. You and your dr. will have to talk to see how you can make the best decision for you. My hysterectomy was one of the best things I had done and I don't have any regrets. My sex life was so much better and I didn't have to worry about anymore problems going to the bathroom. A urologist can help you if you have any bladder isssues and if necessary then there are other things that can be done either with a hysterectomy or to the bladder or urethra (for me as I had urethral stenosis in which I had to be dilated which worked awesome). The urologist told me it was most likely due to the pressure of my uterus on my bladder. Although I had three kids, I was actually at more of a risk for having problems with holding in urine or not having so much leakage without wearing something to protect my underwear. I was in so much pain. Usually fibroids don't cause pain but they can cause bleeding. There's also a site at www.hystersisters.com in which a woman can go to and read stories of how people were treated. One message board is for people who don't know what to do and they can type pretty much everything they have been going through in detail if they want.

      I wish you luck in finding the right treatment or cure for your situation. There are many ways one can have a hysterectomy. I had a vaginal hysterectomy and kept my ovaries. If my uterus was 10 week pregnancy size or bigger I would not have been able to have a vaginal hysterectomy. There is also an abdominal hysterectomy in which the belly is cut and the dr. removes the uterus that way. Some women who have bladder issues may decide to keep their cervix and that's up to them and can get advice on if keeping the cervix will help "hold" the bladder up so they don't have to many issues anymore. Your best bet would see what your dr. thinks is right for you to do. Be honest with your dr. I wrote down on paper of what I was going through in detail. I wanted to keep my ovaries so I could get the hormones needed.

      As for the abscess in your mouth, if it's in a tooth you should see your dentist. If it's not in a tooth I would still see a dentist. Here is one link about what to do for an abscess.
      http://www.2homeremedies.com/abscess.htm

  18. QUESTION:
    How is a uterine/ovarian cyst/fibroid diagnosed?
    Hi guys! I was just wondering, how does a Dr check for a uterine/ovarian cyst/fibroid? Does he/she perform an ultrasound on you, similar to the one done on pregnant women?
    Afterwards, what treatment options are available? Can a woman have sex/children afterwards?
    Thank you so much for your help!!

    • ANSWER:
      If they're big enough, the doc can feel it during an exam. Then the doc will order an ultrasound and can see it on the ultrasound. For ovarian cysts, the doc will usually do an internal ultrasound--the ultrasound wand is put in your vagina. It's easier to see small things that way. But for something large, then the doc will do an external ultrasound (on your belly) like they do for pregnant women.

      For ovarian cysts, there are 3 things possible to do:
      1) nothing--wait and see if it goes away on its own
      2) birth control pills--see if they make it go away
      3) surgery to remove the cyst

      Sometimes cysts interfere with pregnancy, sometimes not. Depends on the type of cyst. Sometimes when removing the cyst, the ovary must be removed too. But you can be fertile with just one ovary.

      For uterine fibroids, there are several possibilities. They will never go away on their own.
      1) uterine artery embolization (UAE)--a relatively new procedure to non-surgically shrink the fibroid so it goes away, via blocking the artery supplying it with blood.
      2) surgery to remove the fibroid only--called myomectomy
      3) hysterectomy
      With UAE, you can remain fertile. With hysterectomy, you won't be fertile anymore. And having a fibroid can interfere with carrying pregnancy.

  19. QUESTION:
    Would you still be able to conceive if your cervix was slightly damage during surgery?
    I had an abdominal myomectomy surgery done on the 14th february 2009 to remove a big fibroid in my womb after the surgery the doctor told me that the cervix was slightly damaged during the procedure would it be difficult for me to become pregnant?
    She said if I were to become pregnant I would have to have a stitch done on the cervix to keep the baby inside the uterus because they had to cut the back of the uterus to take out the fibroid

    • ANSWER:
      I had a LEEP (where they remove an entire section of your cervix) in March 2007 and got pregnant in July 2007. My pregnancy was complication free and I'm pregnant again. :)

      EDIT: The "stitch" you're referring to is called a cerclage and I've heard they're very painful, but extremely effective to those who need it. I was warned about the possibility of a cerclage at my surgery, but it never even came up during my pregnancy.

  20. QUESTION:
    Anyone have any luck getting pregnant after taking Vitex (Chasteberry) with uterine fibroids?
    Hello,

    My SIL has a couple very large uterine fibroids and has been having a lot of trouble getting pregnant. She definatly doesn't want to get surgery. I have been looking into homeopathic medicine and found some materials on Vitex for shrinking the fibroids....Just wondering if anyone has used this, or know of success with this....Thanks so much!

    • ANSWER:
      hi i don't know about vitex but I had huge fibroids when i got pregnant. i even had a surgery before getting pregnant to remove the fibroids which were as big as 20 weeks pregnancy. but they grew back within the heeling period. so i had no other option other than to try to conceive. i was lucky enough to get pregnant but the fibroides got bigger during the pregnancy. my daughter was born premature at 30 weeks pregnancy, doctors removed the uterus when my baby was taken out which was nearly 6kg big due to all the fibroids. my daughter was 2 lb when born, she stayed in hospital ISU for 2 months. Now she is 2 years old and she is fine.

  21. QUESTION:
    Has anyone gotten neg hpt and blood tests only to find out they were pregnant on an ultrasound?
    My last period was October 13, so it has been two and a half months since I had a period. I've taken countless HPT's and even two blood tests that have come back negative. My periods are usually rather heavy (I go through a super tampon in an hour's time) and are pretty adamant, they usually last a little over a week with a lot of clots and come every month. Having sex a day or two before my scheduled period will bring it on. The latest I have ever been is two weeks, I have never completely missed a period (or two for that matter) so I'm pretty worried. I was on birth control for three years, I have been off of birth control for a year and a month. I have been experiencing some pregnancy symptoms. I visited a OB/GYN after my period was a week and a half late, she didn't seem to be concerned about my late period and brushed it off as it were no big deal. She gave me a pelvic exam and said it was probably a bacterial infection. During her pelvic exam, she felt my uterus and ovaries and was very rough with me but she was really digging in there to find my uterus. Fast forward to recently, I changed doctors and visited him yesterday. He did a pelvic exam and this time I noticed he didn't have to go as near to my pubic bone as the last doctor did, so I'm not sure if my uterus grew or not, however I'm sure he'd know if he was feeling a 9 1/2 week sized uterus, however, he said doctors won't usually do anything until they've missed 6 periods but he believes that to be too long and recommends testing after 3-4 missed periods. I was welcome to come back after a month and if nothing had happened, we would start testing, or I could take a urine pregnancy test, or a blood pregnancy test. Finally, he offered for me to come in and get an ultrasound as well as a blood pregnancy test. I took that option because I want to know what's going on. If it isn't pregnancy, which at this point, I just want to know what's going on!, then I need to know. Is it fibroids? PCOS? Endometriosis? Cysts? I had a chemical pregnancy in August but my periods have been normal since then (with the exception to the two weeks of being late the period after the miscarriage).

    So my question is this: Did you or someone you know get negative urine and blood tests only to find out they were in fact pregnant?

    My symptoms are this:

    SLIGHT cramping and pulling (more cramps a few weeks ago, more pulls recently)
    Some nausea (really only after I eat)
    MAJOR heartburn (when I wake up to when I go to bed)
    Acne has worsened
    Tired
    Hungry for foods I'm not normally hungry for (I WANT CHEESE and I HATE cheese)
    Constipation (could be from the cheese...Haha)
    My boobs have gained a cup size and then some, my fiance brought this to my attention.
    Watery discharge (more than normal)
    Gas
    Vivid Dreams that I am pregnant (but it could be my conscience) which is funny because even my fiance had I dream I was pregnant the other night and he doesn't really even think I'm pregnant, but it could be possible
    Heaviness in my uterus, almost like it's bigger than normal
    Pulsation in my stomach area (Obviously my pulse, I just felt like this suddenly started happening maybe a week or so ago)

    Is it possible it's eptopic? I'm really nervous about next week's ultrasound but excited to finally figure out what's going on with me!

    I previously asked this question and had only received 3 answers and I want to know! Thanks all fore reading my novel ;) <3
    Also recent developments that I forgot to add (recent since I last posted a similar question)

    I have had a consistently bad taste in my mouth
    I've been having to pee more (because of that pressure feeling on my uterus)
    I've been slightly hungrier

    • ANSWER:

  22. QUESTION:
    I delivered a premature baby on 9th May 2008 but he died on 31st may 2008.Doctor gave the reason that my uteru?
    Doctors said that my uterus size is big so i delivered a baby in just six months.To prevent next pregnancy he will stitch my uterus in 2-3 months pregnancy and will open the stitch in 9 months.Is it safe for me?I had already get operated on Aug.2007 for Fibroid.

    • ANSWER:
      I am so very sorry for your loss, I know how you are feeling. I went into premature labor at 24 weeks and delivered at 24 weeks 4 days Nov. 4, 2007 and he passed away on Nov. 30,2007. So I know exactly what you are going through. I have heard of the surgery and it is a normal thing that they have to do sometimes. I've head of two different ones though. They stitch your cervix or they stitch your uterus, usually the more severe cases they stitch your uterus. If you would like to chat feel free to e-mail me or IM me.

  23. QUESTION:
    How right is it to use intra-uterine contraceptive device when a couple is concerned about being 'pro-life'?
    And what are the options if the lady is a hypertensive?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, I'm pro-choice, but I don't see the big deal about an IUD. It makes your uterus inhospitable so fertilized eggs won't implant there. If that's abortion, every time you have sex if you have had a hysterectomy is abortion, untreated uterine fibroids are abortion, having hormone abnormalities like low progesterone is abortion, and having sex late in your cycle so the egg fertilizes too late is abortion. We do not recognize any of these things as abortion; we don't mourn each month as if we have lost a child. That's because you haven't lost a child. There are a large number of steps that need to take place before a pregnancy advances enough to become viable. An IUD interrupts that sequence. Some pro-life advocates keep extending and expanding the definition of abortion such that they are trying to make people think that birth control is abortion. You'll have to work out yourself when you think birth control becomes abortion. But it becomes increasingly tricky to identify this kind of thing as abortion--where do you draw the line between controlling your own body's processes, and abortion?

  24. QUESTION:
    Are meopausal symptons common after a hysterectomy, where you still have your ovaries?
    Also, is there still monthly pain, if you retain your ovaries?
    Are there hormonal changes, if you retain your ovaries?
    Lastly, is depression associated with a hysterectomy, in the instance you retain your ovaries, shown to be caused by the physical changes or only psychological perceptions of a loss of femininity?

    • ANSWER:
      Some women don't have any symptoms of menopause. Some were in peri-menopause for years, and didn't realize it, so they may not notice the symptoms.

      I had a total abdominal hysterectomy too last year, but I kept my ovaries. I haven't had any feelings of menopause since then. Although, I have had hot flashes, shortness of memory, etc. for the last few years anyway. I may still be in the peri-menopause state since I still have my ovaries. But I tell ya, I don't miss the periods every month!!!

      I still have the normal issues with having ovaries, but no more cramping!!! There are no hormonal changes when you still have your ovaries. If you keep your ovaries there are no psychological issues. In fact, since I got rid of those fibroids, I feel sooo much better. My fibroids were so big and many, my uterus was the size of a six month pregnancy.

      I HIGHLY recommend you check out www.hystersisters.com. They helped me EXTREMELY with my questions and advice on hysterectomies. It's a support group and it's FREE.

      I wish I'd found the site before I had mine. A lot of my questions and concerns would have been answered with just looking at the responses on this website. But I stumbled on the site a few days after my hysterectomy and learned of various things I should do before the surgery, things I'm entitled to at the hospital (which the hospital doesn't tell you), questions to ask the doctor, etc. It's an awesome site for women.

      I hope it helps you, it has helped me and my family and friends

  25. QUESTION:
    What are some things that can cause preterm labor?

    Umm.. I wasn't asking so I could try and cause preterm labor! Are you crazy? I was worried that it could happen, so I was wondering what I should avoid so it doesn't happen. WOW.

    • ANSWER:
      Preterm birth is the leading cause of death in a newborn. It is also the leading cause of death for infants in many states. Unfortunately the trend is expected to get worse.
      We are still trying to understan why preterm labor happens, causing babies to be born before their time. However, currently we only know what has caused the preterm labor in about half of all of the labors being effected.

      •Infection. About 40-50% of all preterm labor can be traced to infection. Many women do not show classic signs of infection, like fevers. One good note here is that with antibiotic treatement for Group B Strep, we have seen a reduction. Other than for Group B Strep, antibiotics usually lead only to antibiotic resistance and not a reduction in preterm labor rates.

      •Bleeding. This does include placental abruption, where the placenta tears away from the uterine wall too early. It also includes bleeding disorders that may be genetic or acquired. Bleeding of any sort should be reported to your doctor or midwife.

      •Stretching of the uterus. The stretching or overdistension of the uterus has also been linked to preterm labor and birth. This can be caused by fibroids, multiple pregnancies (twins, triplets, etc.), or even having too much amniotic fluid (polyhydramnios).

      Research is ongoing as to the causes of preterm labor and how to prevent this dangerous complication. The biggest thing to be aware of are the signs of preterm labor and what risk you are at with your current pregnancy.

      Add:
      http://pregnancy.about.com/cs/pretermlabor/a/causesptl.htm

  26. QUESTION:
    Will my belly go down a little after my overgrown uterus is removed?
    My uterus is the size of a 5 TO 6 month pregnacy and my belly feels and looks so swollen. I hope the hysterectomy will relieve some of this.

    • ANSWER:
      oh, yea. most definitely. i bet you're so excited. i have a 12 week sized uterus, ( in addition to the fact that I'm 10 weeks preg. ) and so far you cant tell.. but if my fibroids get much bigger after this pregnancy I'm getting mine taken out too. aahhh, sweet relief. good "luck"

  27. QUESTION:
    How rare is it for a woman in labor to get a uterine rupture if she is not induced and has never had a c-sec?
    Someone we know got a ruptured uterus and lost the baby and nearly died. She was not induced and had never had a c-sec. How rare is this?

    • ANSWER:
      What causes uterine rupture?

      Ninety percent of uterine ruptures happen at the site of a scar from a previous c-section. And ruptures are most likely to occur during labor because a scar is more likely to give way under the stress of contractions.

      If you've had one c-section with the typical low-transverse uterine incision and are considered a good candidate for VBAC, most studies estimate the risk of rupture during labor to be less than one percent. On the other hand, if you've had a "classical" c-section, in which the incision extends vertically to the upper, more muscular part of the uterus, you have a much higher risk of rupture and should be scheduled for c-section before the onset of labor. The same is true for women who have had other kinds of uterine surgery, such as an operation to remove fibroids or to correct a misshapen uterus, or repair of a previous rupture.

      It's possible for an unscarred uterus to rupture, but that happens in fewer than 1 in 15,000 pregnancies, almost always during labor. Risk factors include having had five or more children, a placenta that's implanted too deeply into the uterine wall, an overdistended uterus (from too much amniotic fluid or carrying twins or more), contractions that are too frequent and forceful (whether spontaneous or from medication such as oxytocin or prostaglandins, or as the result of a placental abruption), and a prolonged labor with a baby that's too big for the mother's pelvis.

      Trauma to the uterus, from such things as a car accident or a procedure such as an external cephalic version or a difficult forceps delivery, may also cause a uterine rupture, as can a difficult manual removal of the placenta.

      Hope this helps!

  28. QUESTION:
    What are fibroids and what happens when you have them when pregnant?
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Fibroids are just a growth of muscle from the uterus wall. They are very, very common, and most women don't even know that they have them. They can vary greatly in size from less than 1cm to 30+cms. They can be found growing from the outside of the uterus, inside the lining of the uterus, or into the uterine cavity. Some grow on stalks and some are flush against the muscle of the uterus. There is no cure for fibroids. In some cases, they have to be removed through surgery (if there are many of them and if they are interfering with the woman's life), and sometimes they can be shrunk by taking birth control pills. In most cases, they shrink during menopause, when they are starved of hormones. In most cases, doctors prefer to leave them well alone, and they are mostly harmless and even if they are removed, they can grow back.

      Generally speaking, fibroids won't have an impact on pregnancy. They won't cause problems, unless they are positioned badly, eg: right under the placenta, near the cervix or near a fallopian tube, cause ectopic pregnancy. Sometimes the extra blood flow to the uterus and the extra hormones from pregnancy can cause them to grow, sometimes just a bit, and sometimes rapidly. If they are growing rapidly, your doctor might suggest keeping a close eye on them (through ultrasounds) to make sure they don't interfere with your pregnancy, or steal resources from the baby. If the fibroid is positioned badly, it may require the baby being induced early, or call for a scheduled C-Section. Sometimes a fibroid can grow too fast during pregnancy and eventually "die". While this is completely safe for the baby, it will cause quite a bit of pain for the mother, and might require a hospital stay while it continues to die.

      As you can see, there are a lot of "maybes" and "sometimes" with fibroids. Each woman's case is unique, and you will need to consult with your doctor to make sure that all is well and to figure out what your options are. I have a fibroid that is 10cms big (currently 30 w pregnant) and while it was a concern at the beginning of my pregnancy due to how fast it was growing, now I have been given the all clear by my doctors that it is harmless. I have been for a LOT of ultrasounds, though, over the course of this pregnancy, and I still have two more scheduled before I give birth to make sure everything is still fine.

      Hope that helps! Good luck!

  29. QUESTION:
    Has anyone ever had an abdominal myomectomy to remove fibroids?
    I am having this surgery at the end of July. I am wondering about other's experience with it. I have three fibroid tumors that the Dr. is going to remove. One submucosal, this is the major one. It is the size of a 16 wk old baby. They tell me that this is the best surgery to preserve fertility. Is it really 4 week recovery time? My gosh, I am dreading this!

    • ANSWER:
      I had abdominal myomectomy when I was 24. The fibroids were many and as big as size of 16 weeks pregnancy. I didn't feel any pain for those fibroids but I had heavy bleeding and anemia. So doctors decided to go through surgery. Before surgery, doctor gave me 4 shots of Luprone to reduce the size of the fibroids ( I don't understand why was that necessary)
      After that I had surgery. Doctors removed 28 tumors and many more were left inside the uterus which were so tiny that could not be removed.
      It took around 4 weeks to recover. I had to take light food during this time. The most painful time was when I got sense from aneshthia effect. I felt vomit, temperature then but doctors gave me medicines to reduce the pain.
      Just after 6 days of the surgery I took a flight, after 7 days I had an interview and after 1 month I started my MBA classes.
      I hope you will have the surgery with no problem with the surgery.
      By the way, the tumors grow back within 1 year as big as size of 20 weeks pregnancy. But luckily I got pregnant after 22 months of the surgery. Now I'll have surgery to give birth of the baby but I don't know what my doctor would do with my uterus.
      Good luck.

  30. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have fibroids if so how di it affect your pregnancy?
    I had my first ultrasound today and was quite happy considering that I had minor brown spotting that resolved in less than 5 days and also passing what appears to be brown clotted dried tissue, but nevertheless teh Ultrasound was a success and I did hear my baby's heartbeat and also saw my precious in the sac. For those who have experience spotting, I want to encourage you not to lose hope.
    Perhaps the question was worded wrongly, but I am 8 weeks and 3 days pregnant and have been informed also that I have fibroids. Just want people who have been pregnant or are pregnant share with me their experience with having fibroids and how they affected their pregnancy.

    • ANSWER:
      I have a fibroid. I was told it was going to grow right along with the baby. So would that in essence give me the feeling of carrying twins? Greeaaat *sarcasm*. The thing I am worried about is that I have read a fibroid can leech too much blood from the baby and so the baby will suffer and pass away.

      They didn't tell me how big it had gotten at last ultrasound but baby is still going good at 21 weeks. It is also on the back of the uterus which i guess is an ideal spot (not covering the cervix so far). I have heard of other women who had fibroids also and they were fine.

      I would just keep an eye on it and try not to worry.

  31. QUESTION:
    Fibroid tumor pushing uterus to one side?
    What do you do if you have a fibroid tumor pushing uterus to one side, so therefore sperm can't find its way to the egg? I have been examing and my tubes and everything looks good to get pregnant.

    • ANSWER:
      "There are 3 general locations for fibroids:
      Subserosal - on the outside surface of the uterus

      Intramural - within the muscular wall of the uterus

      Submucous - bulging in to the uterine cavity "

      "The only type that is supposed to have a large impact on reproductive function (unless they are large or numerous) is the submucous type that pushes in to the uterine cavity. These are much less common than the other 2 types of fibroids. Because of their location inside the uterine cavity, submucous fibroids can cause infertility problems or miscarriages."

      "The decision to actively treat fibroids can only be made on an individual basis. Most women require no treatment at all. If the tumors are small and cause no problems, most physicians will simply schedule an examination every six months to make sure the fibroids aren't growing.

      Reasons for Treatment
      Your doctor may decide to treat fibroids if they start growing rapidly, cause serious pain or discomfort, or may interfere with your ability to become pregnant"

      Option : " Myomectomy. Understandably, the prospect of any type of gynecologic surgery is upsetting to a woman who hopes to become pregnant. Yet continued presence of fibroids may in itself make pregnancy impossible. For women faced with this dilemma, a myomectomy is the procedure of choice.

      A myomectomy is the surgical removal of each tumor separately without damaging or disturbing the uterus. The procedure is successful in almost all women who choose to have it performed. Generally, it doesn't matter how numerous or how big the fibroids are or where they are located."

      "Physicians are starting to evaluate ways to treat fibroid tumors without surgery. A few have begun using lasers to remove them or reduce the size of fibroid tumors. Several scientific studies are underway to test a new drug treatment that shrinks fibroids. Most of the women who have used the drug had their fibroids shrink to half their starting size. The drug is leuprolide acetate (Lupron), a synthetic form of the naturally occurring substance known as gonadotropin-releasing hormone (also called GnRH)."

      If it's pushing your uterus to the side, wouldn't it push a baby also? I guess that's something to ask the doctor.

  32. QUESTION:
    Is there any medecations that I may take to concieve a baby?
    Hi, my name is Jessalyn. I may only be 16; however, I wanna get pregnant. I know many elders may say that I'm just a baby myself; but, it's hard not to want a child. I've been pregnant a couple times and I miscarried the first two, and delivered a stillborn baby boy the third time. I am have ing ovulation issues and I need to know if there is any pills that I may take to increase my chances of conceiving. Or if I have to go to a fertility clinic and go through the process of in vitro fertilization. Please help me I would love to be pregnant as soon as I can.

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  33. QUESTION:
    I took the depo shot and now something weird happened while on my period?
    I got the shot in April and I just got my first period since then... but a big clump of tissue or something came out while I was on my period.. it wasn't like a typical clot it didn't break up.. it almost looked like a sac or something.. freaked out and a little scared.. what was it?

    • ANSWER:
      Causes of Blood Clots

      Hormonal Changes
      Hormones called estrogen and progesterone, are responsible for the production and shedding of the uterine lining. If this balance is disturbed, blood clots can be formed. The main reasons of hormonal changes and hormonal imbalance in young women are given below:

      Enlarged Uterus
      The uterus enlarges during pregnancy so that it becomes easy to accommodate the child. After pregnancy, the uterus shrinks back to the normal size. However, it may not happen in some cases. At such times, blood gets collected and forms a clot before it is released from the body, and that is when you see blood clots during menstrual cycle.

      Endometriosis
      Endometriosis is another reason that can cause hormonal changes. This is a medical condition which occurs due to the wrong growth of a tissue. This tissue is supposed to form on the lining of the uterus, but if it grows inside or any other place, it results in heavy bleeding and blood clots. Endometriosis should be treated by a physician only.

      Side Effects
      If you are undergoing some medical treatment, specially if the prescribed medicines are steroids, than you can experience blood clots during your period. Steroids also cause weight gain, which is another reason for these clots.

      These were the hormonal changes that are responsible for blood clot during period. Besides these, there are some other reasons which are given further.

      Fibroids
      Fibroids are tumors which are non-cancerous and grow in the womb. A woman having uterine fibroids can experience blood clots during menstruation. Heavy flow is also seen along with blood clots. Premenstrual syndrome can also be one of the reasons.

      Miscarriage
      Women who have had a miscarriage in the past, may pass blood clots or gray clumps of tissues from the vagina. The women with a history of miscarriage should immediately consult a doctor if they notice these symptoms, during the next pregnancy.

      Heavy Periods
      A heavy flow can also be one of the reasons for blood clots during periods. A woman's body has high anti-clotting ability, but during heavy periods, this ability is used up, and this results in clots.

      Quarter-sized or small blood clots are no reason to worry about. But if they are bigger than that, consult your doctor immediately.

  34. QUESTION:
    What is the best home remedy for dysmenorrhea. I have PMS and often bloated and have loss of bowel movement.?
    It is commonly associated with severe abdominal pain and cramps and often relieved when i induce vomiting. There are times when i have loss of consciousness. Health experts, i hope you can enlighten me by an advice and best home remedy.

    • ANSWER:
      Dysmenorrhoea
      Period pains, or dysmenorrhoea, affect 40-70% of women of reproductive age.
      For about one in 10 women the discomfort and pain is bad enough to interfere with their daily lives.
      A certain amount of discomfort around the time of ovulation and menstruation is normal and it has been proposed that it is related to the movements of the womb and the hormones and chemicals that circulate around the body at that time of the month.
      However, sometimes dysmenorrhoea is a sign of an underlying disease.
      The pain typically occurs in the lower abdomen and/or pelvis and can radiate to the back and along the thighs, lasting somewhere between eight and 72 hours.
      It can occur before or during menstruation or both. Headaches, diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting may accompany it.
      When there is no underlying cause, simple analgesia with a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug such as ibuprofen might be all that is needed.
      Some women find that going on the combined oral contraceptive pill lessens the discomfort.
      Others have reported being helped by acupuncture, TENS therapy (a painless way of stimulating the nerves using pulsed energy) or a hot water bottle applied locally to the area of discomfort.
      If there is an underlying disease causing the dysmenorrhoea then this should be treated.
      Often there will be other symptoms too, such as heavy bleeding or pain or bleeding after intercourse.
      The most common diseases associated with dysmenorrhoea are endometriosis and fibroids.
      Endometriosis is a condition where the cells that make up the lining of the womb are also found in places other than the womb.
      With each menstruation, this tissue outside of the womb responds to the same hormones that control periods and therefore builds up and breaks down and bleeds in the same way as the womb lining.
      This can lead to inflammation and pain. Endometriosis can be treated with hormones or surgery to shrink or remove the problematic tissue.
      Fibroids are non-cancerous or benign growths in the uterus.
      A fifth of women develop them in their lifetime. They can be very small or as big as a melon.
      Some cause no problems while others cause significant pain and heavy periods.
      Treatment options include hormonal therapy and surgery.
      Other less common causes of dysmenorrhoea are previous pelvic surgery and a pelvic infection.
      Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
      Many women experience physical and mood changes around the time of their period, but for some it can be a particularly difficult time.
      There are more than 150 symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome (PMS), but the common ones include low mood and irritability, breast tenderness and bloating.
      Typically PMS symptoms appear before in the days before period and cease once menstruation begins.
      It is not known what causes PMS but hormonal changes are thought to be involved. PMS severity often increases around hormonal surges, such as puberty and pregnancy.
      Women aged 30-45 often experience the most severe PMS.
      Treatments are available to ease the symptoms. These include hormonal contraceptives and more potent hormonal drugs.
      Some may prefer to try non-hormonal alternatives such as vitamin B6 and evening primrose oil.

  35. QUESTION:
    Period got off to slow start, then really heavy for 2 days. Hormonal?
    I have had issues with premenstrual spotting since coming off the pill 10 months ago. Now this. I have had a transvaginal scan and other tests,,,not showing anything. Ideas please? I am TTC

    • ANSWER:
      It is entirely possible that your body is undergoing hormonal changes as you get older. That might cause spotting before your cycle actually starts. It's also possible that your progesterone levels are low. Have you had blood work done to check your hormone levels throughout your cycle?

      My last thought is that you might have a polyp or fibroids, but I would say the ultrasound should have shown that if they were of a considerable size (ie: bigger than an inch or so). Polyps and fibroids can cause infertility, but generally they are benign.

      I wouldn't be too concerned about the spotting, unless it happens mid-cycle and is consistently happening on every cycle. I would just check your progesterone levels to make sure they are high enough to support a pregnancy and if they are, try not to worry too much about it.

      Good luck!

  36. QUESTION:
    Why am I peeing myself at 8 weeks pregnant?
    I am pregnant with my third child. A couple of days ago i was sitting on the couch and all of a sudden I could feel something warm, when I stood up i had peed myself with out even knowing. i am just 8 weeks pregnant. i have frequent urination, but no burning or pain.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not sure. Usually that happens when the baby is pushing up against the bladder, but at 8 weeks, i'm not sure if that can happen yet or not. I would talk to your doctor about this, just to rule out any infection that may be coming on. I know that having fibroids can cause bladder issues while pregnant, because the pregnancy can make them bigger and play havok on the bladder. Don't freak out about that, a lot of women have them, and they aren't cancerous. I have one, and many women do too. Just check with your doctor to ease your mind. Good luck!! :)

  37. QUESTION:
    Is it healthy for a women to clot so much when she has her period?
    I am 31 have 3 kids and got my tubes tied after my last child which was there years ago...I didn't have my period for 2 months and just started 2 days ago. I have been bleeding really really bad(so much that I change every half an hour) I have huge clots and am a bit worried. It the weekend so I haven't went to the Dr's.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sorry you have been dealing with this. How long have you been bleeding like this? I went for about two years but before my hysterectomy at 29 I was going through super plus tampons and a pad in 20 minutes. I also passed clots. The term for heavy bleeding is menorrhagia and it applies to women who go through stuff in an hour or less.

      I didn't have my tubes tied cause after the third baby I just resorted to barrier methods since I was previously diagnosed with endometriosis. I went to my gyn one year and told him about my heavy bleeding but I didn't go into detail. He did say my only options at the time were the depo shot or a hysterectomy. The following year before my visit I was away during the summer and I called about three months before my well woman visit. He was able to give me vicodin for the pain since the Tyelenol #3 wasn't helping as much. I wrote down some things and had questions on paper. I basically handed him the paper of what I went through and listed things such as passing clots, severe pain, bleeding up to two weeks every month, going through supplies in 20 minutes, and so on. He said that he wanted to do an ultrasound and mentioned that my uterus was enlarged to about the size of a 6 week pregnancy size. He thought I had adenomyosis and two fibroids. The ultrasound I had in the office the following week looked as if I did have adenomyosis (endometriosis in the uterine muscle). There really is no cure except a hysterectomy for this. I think you should see your dr. when you are able to. Lots of women have passed huge clots before resorting to a hysterectomy. I'm not saying you will need one as you only listed a couple of months bleeding this way unless it's been longer. You can call your dr. and ask him/her what you need to do and if he/she thinks it's necessary then you can go to an urgent care center or E.R. If you are not dizzy, anemic, or in severe pain he/she may tell you to come in next week. How big are the clots? Mine were the size of grapes with some being the size of a strawberry. I was so sick of bleeding and being inconveinienced for so long. If it only happened a few months and then got better I wouldn't have resorted to a hysterectomy. You may have an underlying cause for this. If it continues after you see your dr. and nothing helps that he gives you then you may want to discuss what kind of options you want. I was put on a certain pill and bled the entire time and got headaches so I stopped it). I had tried different forms of pills to see if it would help and no available thing.

      I've heard of something called uterine artery ablation, Thermachoice for heavy periods, uterine artery embolization, depo shot (which I didn't even want to try), and that was about it.

      You could just be having a weird period this time around especially since you went two months without having one. Maybe your body is playing catch up sort of like when women bleed for a long time after having a baby cause the uterine lining was there to help protect and nourish the baby is not needed anymore after the birth.

      I don't know if it's possible but since you missed your period for two months and just started clotting like this, do you think there may be a chance that you got pregnant even with your tubes tied? It's not common but I've heard of women who have gotten pregnant after their tubes have been tied. If you don't think that is the cause I would just contact your dr. and see what he/she wants you to do. If you feel dizzy or about to pass out don't drive yourself. I hope you feel better. Also don't worry about seeing a dr. while you are bleeding. I had to unfortunately go for my yearly while bleeding cause it wouldn't stop. I did cancel before I had my second child three times for a physical and I was very inconvenienced by it. Finally I just said no I'll keep the appointment so he can see how bad it was. I heard that seeing a dr. while bleeding is the best time a pelvic exam can be done. Some people would say that I was so young to have a hysterectomy but it's now more common for dr's to help women out if they are suffering rather than waiting till they are older. I needed a better quality of life and was so much healthier after my surgery. My dr. never said I was to young for this and if anyone dared to say anything I just said that age doesn't have anything to do with it and it was medically necessary for me to have the surgery. It was one of the best things I did.

      I have seen that Playtex makes all sorts of absorbency from lite, regular, super, super plus, ultra, and with an Always infinity pad overnight that may help. If you are already doing this you may want to try looking up the Instead menstrual cup. I was able to go two hours wearing one when they can usually be worn for up to 12 hours with very little to no risk of TSS. Here's a link for it. http://www.softcup.com/

      Anyway I hope you find some answers. Feel free to email me.

  38. QUESTION:
    Can you still have children after having Fibroid's removed?
    I was told 2 years ago that i had 2 Fibroids and i can still have kids. I went on with Life i found out 2weeks ago that i was with Child but i was only 5weeks and my fibroid went fro 5cm to 9cm with in that 5weeks of being with child. Well i end up being pg in the tubs so they had to remove it. So now today i'm thinking and talking to my dr about removeing it because i will be trying to get pg again and i don't want the fibroid to grow bigger when i'm with child.

    • ANSWER:
      I also had two fibroids while pregnant with my now 4 yr.old son. One grew to be the size of a grapefruit. I had to have c-section because the larger fibroid prevented my son from turning. When the doctor delivered my son she also removed both fibroids. My doctor did not want to risk taking the fibroids out prior to delivery so I dealt with off and on pain for about 7 months of my pregnancy. I would have the fibroid removed before attempting pregnancy again. Good luck.

  39. QUESTION:
    Does anybody knows a natural cure for fibroids, only serious answers please?
    I have fibroids and they are very big, my GYN doctors prescribed 6 months of Lupron they help a little bit but the fibroids are growing back, does any body know any natural cure for fibroids, I will appreciate it

    • ANSWER:
      There are a few things that you can try.

      Vitex
      Vitex is one of the most widely known women's herbs.
      researchers believe that vitex works by regulating the pituitary gland,the one that tells other glands how much of each hormone to make.
      The hormone in question here is estrogen,on which vitex has a regulating effect.
      Vitex needs to be taken for 6 months for it's full benefits to be felt.
      An alternative practitioner typical dosage prescription would be any where from 2,000 to 5,000 milligrammes in capsules per day,or one to two dropperfuls of tincture 2 times per day.
      Caution-to not take during pregnancy,and Vitex can also lesson the effectiveness of oral contraceptives.

      Dietary supplements
      To help shrink fibroids,try taking the following supplements once daily for 3 to 4 months.
      Vitamin C: 1,000 to 2,000 milligrams
      Selenium: 400 micrograms and Zinc: 30 milligrams.

      Uterine fibroid tea.
      This tea combines hormone balancing herbs with those that ease cramps.
      2 teaspoons vitex
      1 teaspoon black cohosh root
      half teaspoon dandelion root
      half teaspoon prickly ash bark
      quarter teaspoon cramp bark
      quarter teaspoon cinnamon bark
      4 cups of water.
      Combine the herbs and water and bring to the boil.
      lower heat and allow tea to simmer for a few minutes.
      Remove from the heat and steep for 20 minutes.
      Strain and drink at least 2 cups a day for 3 to 4 months.

      When you have a bath,you can add several drops of rosemary,lavender,or juniper essential oils to stimulate pelvic circulation.

      You could also try a castor oil pack
      The skin absorbs warm castor oil's active constituents,lectins,which stimualate the immune response to help shrink fibroids.
      Five drops of essential can also be added to a castor oil pack to encourage relaxation.
      to make a pack,soak a clean cloth in castor oil,then place it on the abdomen or on any painful areas.
      Cover the cloth with plastic wrap,then another clean cloth.
      Then apply a heat sorce-A hot water bottle,a heating pad,a cloth bag of lentils,corn,or rice that has been microwaved for a few minutes.
      Leave on for about an hour.

      red raspberry
      This herb is useful if your fibroids cause excessive bleeding during menstruation.
      herbalists believe that it gradually improves the tone of the uterus.
      A typical dosage would be 1 to 2 cup of tea 2 or 3 times a day.
      (steep 1 teaspoon of dried leaves in a cup of hot water for 10 to 15 minutes).
      Caution- If you are or think you might be pregnant,use only under the supervision of an experienced practioner.

      Also in traditional chinese medicine,it is believed that taking milk thistle can also help.
      I hope I was of some help and I hope that you are feeling alot better real soon.
      Take care.

  40. QUESTION:
    Im 36 weeks pregnant. I have a fibroid in my uterus that's taking up alot of my babys space?
    It hurts so bad when she moves around, I guess because she is so cramped. i'm thinking of talking to the doctor about inducing me next week at 37 weeks simply because of how much space the fibroid is taking up. As any other mothers out there ever had this problem during pregnancy?

    • ANSWER:
      Cherry,

      How big is the fibroid? Have you had an ultrasound done lately to measure it? Obviously it is going to grow when you are pregnant because of the hormones in your body, however unless it is causing the baby problems most likely the doctor wont induce you just because it hurts and ill tell you why. The doctor wants to be sure that your baby's lungs are developed, and grow inside you as much as they can before they will consider induction, unless there is a danger to you or to your baby. In the last 4 weeks of pregnancy is when the baby gains most of his/her weight, they gain about .5 to 1 pound a week. And trust me you do not want your baby on a breathing tube. I have had to scan babies that are premature and they have a breathing tube, you don't want to do that. Im sure your doctor is aware of your fibroid when you got pregnant, and he/she should be having you do routine ultrasounds to see how big the fibroid has gotten, if they aren't you need to tell them too, because yes, depending on where the fibroid is exactly it can cause growth restriction to your baby. Now of course if the doctor decides it is in the best interest to deliver you early they can give you a steroid shot to help develop the lungs of the baby.

  41. QUESTION:
    My period is really heavy and i have clots ?
    i'm using a super tampon in less than an hour and i feel like i'm dizzy . should i go to school today ?

    • ANSWER:
      Heavy Menstruation Bleeding
      During menstruation, the egg is released from the ovary. If this egg is fertilized by the sperm, it goes to the uterus through the fallopian tube and gets attached to the lining of the uterus. Hence to support the fertilized egg, the lining of the uterus thickens. If the egg is not fertilized, the lining of the uterus starts shedding which can be seen as blood. The normal menstruation cycle is of 28 days but it may vary in some women. Some women may have a cycle of 21 days and some may have a 35 days cycle. The period normally lasts for 2 to 7 days and the amount of blood lost is around 4 to 12 teaspoons. But some women experience heavy bleeding during periods which can be serious. Due to the heavy bleeding the body is not able to excrete the entire amount of blood which results in blood clots.

      Causes of Heavy Menstrual Bleeding Clots

      There are many reasons behind prolonged menstrual bleeding which need to get diagnosed.

      Following are some of the possible reasons behind it.

      •Uterine fibroids can be a major cause of severe blood flow during periods. These are non-cancerous tumors which form inside the uterus. They do not have any other symptoms but they restrict the flow of the blood which results in clots and heavy bleeding.
      •Very heavy menstrual bleeding may be a sign of a miscarriage. If you are pregnant and are experiencing this condition then consult the doctor immediately. You will observe blood clots or gray clumps of tissue.
      •Hormonal changes can also cause severe bleeding during periods. Progesterone and estrogen are two hormones which regulate the thickening and shedding of the uterus lining. Any problem with these hormones may result in excess bleeding clots.
      •During pregnancy the uterus enlarges and usually comes back to its original size after the childbirth. But in some cases, the uterus size does not decrease completely which results in a large uterus. Hence the blood takes time to collect inside the uterus which results in blood clots during periods.
      •Any type of obstruction in the blood flow may result in blood clots. The flow of the blood slows down at the time of menopause which may further result in collection of blood which clots.
      Symptoms of Menorrhagia
      Menorrhagia symptoms can be easily noticed. Following are some of them.
      •Dark brown to black big blood clots.
      •Heavy blood flow for more than 7 days.
      •Severe menstrual cramps with fatigue.
      •Pale complexion with some anemic symptoms.

  42. QUESTION:
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  43. QUESTION:
    Fibroid in your twenties and pregnancy?
    I know that having fibroids can cause complications with pregnancy, however if you have a small fibroid and you want to have children and you are in your twenties, but will prefer to wait a few years to do so. However you are not sure if the small fibroid will grow in those years.
    Would you consider having the children now the fibroid is small so that you can guarantee that you can have children before complications of the fibroid steps in later.
    Can taking birth control increased the chance of the fibroid growing bigger faster?

    • ANSWER:
      I have a small fibroid and am currently pregnant. A small fibroid should not cause problems with pregnancy. However, if you are planning to wait a couple of years, there is always the chance it can grow. Removing a fibroid really only usually requires a laparoscopy. Women are also often more fertile after one. So, if you wanted to wait and felt your fibroid had gotten larger, you could always opt for the laparoscopy before getting pregnant.

  44. QUESTION:
    Why do I have a late period and a negative test i am not stress or ill i just want some answers?
    Yes i did have sex duh why would i think that i am pregnant. I know i am i have cramps, my breast are getting bigger and etc.

    • ANSWER:
      There could be something else going on. Are you under a lot of stress? Stress tends to be one of the major factors that would make your body respond this way. Have you had this problem with your cycle before? What is your normally like...is it heavy/light? Do you have bad cramping? Are you overweight?

      You could have endometriosis, PCOS, fibroids, or polyps...polyps I know from personal experience will cause BAD cramping because your cervix is contracting to try and remove the tissue as if in a normal cycle.

      As you could see there are several reasons as to why you are having symptoms that resemble a pregnancy. I hope I have helped.

  45. QUESTION:
    What could cause spotting 4 days before your period? & is this a bad thing?
    So on sunday I noticed that my boobs felt like they were getting bigger than On monday morning when I awoke I was feeling very nausea so than I went back to sleep and slept the rest of the morning and afternoon and than when I awoke than I still was feeling nausea and tired I just wanted to sleep than I look at my panties and I noticed I was spotting 4 days before my period at first it was a light brown and now its red is this normal? what's going on?

    • ANSWER:
      What are the normal and abnormal reasons for spotting? Many women experience spotting at some point during their cycle, be in after the major bleeding period, in the middle or days before their period is due.

      There are times when it’s perfectly normal to spot, and there are times when spotting is an indication of something wrong, be it minor or major.

      First, let’s define “spotting”. Spotting is when a bit of blood is passed through the vagina. Normally it doesn’t reach the underwear, but rather is swiped with toilet paper after a bowel movement or urination. The blood can be pink-tinged mucus, rusty brown or bright red. Spotting can be a one-time occurrence, or it can last for several hours or even several days. Spotting does NOT define the first day of menstruation. The first day of menstruation should always be the first day of actual bleeding.

      “Normal” Spotting

      Normal spotting is what may occur at the very end of your bleeding days. A day or two of spotting after 3 to 5 days of bleeding is normal, and just the end of the bleeding period.

      Spotting that occurs in the middle of your cycle or spotting that occurs some ten to fourteen days prior to the start of the next cycle is normal too. This spotting may occur during ovulation. Seeing a spot of blood during ovulation is considered an excellent fertility sign. It is thought that mid-cycle spotting occurs for one of two reasons. First reason is possibly that when the egg bursts through the follicle, a little bleeding may occur. This blood will then make its way out and show up as spotting. Or, during ovulation, the level of estrogens rise, and this sometimes prompts the uterus to shed a bit of lining, which shows up in the form of spotting.

      Spotting that occurs about a week before the cycle is due – and only lasts for less than one day- is possibly considered implantation spotting. This happens as a result of the fertilized egg burrowing into the uterine lining. Or another reason for seeing implantation spotting may be due to a slight rise in estrogen and drop in progesterone before the corpus luteum takes over the production of progesterone. The corpus luteum takes over the production when the implanted fertilized egg signals the body that pregnancy has occurred and that the lining must be maintained. Keep in mind that spotting that continues for days is not implantation spotting.

      “Abnormal” Spotting

      Abnormal spotting shows up at times other than the above mentioned times. Abnormal spotting lasts for days. It’s abnormal to spot days before your menstrual cycle is due. The causes of abnormal spotting vary.

      One common cause of spotting several days before the menstrual cycle is due is low progesterone. It’s the hormone progesterone that helps to maintain the uterine lining for pregnancy and when progesterone level drops, the menstrual cycle occurs. In women who are deficient in progesterone, they will see spotting several days to a week before their cycle is due. This can also cause minor infertility and early miscarriage.

      Another reason spotting may occur could be uterine fibroids, which are fairly harmless, but need to be kept an eye on. Endometriosis, birth control pills are a few other reasons spotting may occur. The most harmful reasons for spotting are possible sexually transmitted diseases and some cancers.

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  46. QUESTION:
    Just lost my baby at 21 weeks, now my sister is pregnant?
    9 days ago, I lost my baby boy. Today I found out my sister is pregnant. I must admit, that I was a little jealous. I decided to read my bible today and surprisingly, I happened to stumble upon the scripture in Matthews about jealously and now I'm fine. I'm now just worried about her and her pregnancy because she have fibroids and is bleeding. She is about 2 months and she have 2 fibroids a little bigger than a quarter. Will she be ok and the baby?

    • ANSWER:

  47. QUESTION:
    I am 12 wks pregnant and my dr. says I have a 9 cm fundal fibroid. Anyone had this and had a normal pregnancy?
    The fundal fibroid apparently means that it's at the top of the uterus. So far, my dr says it is not pressing down on the uterus, so it's not affecting the baby, but I'm worried that it will get bigger as the pregnancy progresses, as it feeds off of estrogen and other pg hormones. Anyone had this and went on to have a successful pregnancy?? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I have fibroids and two pregnancies. They found the fibroids when I was pregnant with my first.

      Both my boys were born healthy (7.5 pounds) and I had normal pregnancies, labors and deliveries.

      I now have a teenager and a pre-teen. I'd say I had successful pregnancies. Ask me in another ten years whether the parenting style ultimately worked out...

  48. QUESTION:
    my babys head is measuring to big is this something to worry about?
    well im 36 weeks pregnant and last week i had to have an ultrasound to see how bub is n the lady was saying tht my babys head is measusering to big for the weeks im at the baby head is measuring in at 38 wks is this something to worry about ??? would i maybe have to have a c-seation ??

    • ANSWER:
      Don't panic and, by all means, don't stop eating! Modern medicine can tell us a lot about how babies are doing before they're born, and even what they look like; but guessing how big or fat they are is just that — a big, fat guess. Especially in the third trimester, when your baby is maxing out on the space available in your uterus (and subsequently on an ultrasound screen), his or her weight is notoriously difficult to predict. (A late-stage ultrasound estimate could be off by a pound or more — which makes a huge difference in a five-pound baby!)

      Typically at each prenatal visit, your practitioner checks your fundal height (the distance from your pubic bone to the top of your uterus) with a tape measure (high-tech, right?). That number in centimeters is approximately equal to the number of weeks along you are — but one or two centimeters in either direction is no cause for alarm. If your measurements show a discrepancy of three weeks or more, as in your case, your practitioner will do a little investigating to try to learn why. Most of the time, there's a harmless explanation: Maybe your due date is off by a few days or a week (that's also an estimate, remember?), or your baby is in a funny position or sitting high in your uterus, and that's throwing the tape measure off. You may have a uterine fibroid or extra amniotic fluid (neither of which is necessarily a big deal; but in some cases can indicate a problem, so your practitioner will check via ultrasound).

      If you've been diagnosed with gestational diabetes (which is generally screened for at 28 weeks), you are, in fact, at a greater risk for having a bigger baby. And if that's the case, your practitioner will put you on a special pregnancy diet. Otherwise, you should continue eating healthfully (and plentifully) for the remainder of your pregnancy, and try not to worry about the scale or the measuring tape for now. Even if your baby is on the roly-poly side, chances are still good that you'll deliver on schedule, vaginally, and without being induced. And whether your baby comes out at six pounds or nine, the day he or she arrives will be thrilling, no matter what!

      Here's to an easy delivery and a healthy baby!

  49. QUESTION:
    Im having my period and just passed a blood clot that would fit in the entire palm of my hand. Any ideas why?
    I am 41 and last 2 - 3 years have heavier periods and a few late at times. I am not pregnant.

    • ANSWER:
      Dark, chunky clots of blood can be perfectly normal. Many women get them during their menstrual period when they have days of heavy cramping and heavy bleeding. Your body usually makes things called "anti-coagulants," that keep your blood from clotting as it moves to your vagina and out of your body. But during days of heavy bleeding and cramping, your body is pushing blood so quickly out of you that your body does not have time to release these anti-coagulants. Your blood then clots. If you have clots that are bigger than a quarter, it is a good idea to talk with your health care provider.

      Menstrual clots are normal for many women, but they can also signal changes that may or may not be significant. I'll try to explain the whys and wherefores of clots.
      What Are They?
      Clots are the natural result of your body taking care of you. They are a natural way of controlling bleeding. Scientifically, it is a complicated and involved process that leads to fibrin being formed into a matrix.

      On a scraped knee, this mechanism leads to scab formation. But inside the uterus, the process results in a clot. Because blood in the uterus is mixed with many other cells and endometrial tissue, there is a difference between this clot and those seen on the skin.

      Whenever blood pools or is retained inside the uterus it is likely to clot. When menstrual blood and cells pass immediately outside the body, clots are less likely . As a general rule, the redder the blood is, the faster it has reached the outside. The blacker it is, the longer it took to exit the body. If the blood is accumulating faster than the body’s ability to transfer it out of the uterus, clots are the result.

      Are Clots Ever Normal?
      Yes. Many women routinely have some clotting during menses. Factors that determine whether clots will occur include:

      the size of the uterus
      the ability of the uterine myometrium (muscle) to contract
      fibroids
      adenomyosis
      the diameter of the cervical canal through which the blood must flow
      any obstruction to the outflow of menstrual products such as polyps, adhesions, etc.
      How Should Clots be Evaluated?
      The most important indicators are the blood count (hematocrit) and the duration of clotting. If a woman can maintain a normal blood count without developing anemia, and the clotting does not last more than the length of her normal period, it is usually considered within acceptable limits.

      What Else Can it Mean?
      When there is a significant change in the amount or duration of clotting, we should consider several possible explanations.

      Pregnancy: When pregnancy is a possibility, it should always be tested for. Problem pregnancies, miscarriages, and ectopic pregnancies can all be associated with clotting.

      Hormonal Changes:
      Short term: Hormone production can vary for many reasons. Some of these include failure to ovulate, ovarian cysts, and medication. It is not uncommon for any woman to experience an occasionally bizarre menses with unusual clotting. The majority of these occurrences are short-lived and followed by normal periods.

      Chronic: Other factors that can change hormone production on an ongoing basis include peri-menopausal changes, chronic illness, significant weight gain or loss, and use of certain long term medications such as steroids, or prolonged failure to ovulate.

      Changes in the Uterus:
      Fibroids: Called leiomyomata, fibroids are very common. They are benign growths of muscle that form spheres occupying space within the normal muscle of the uterine wall. They can grow into the inside of the uterus (submucous), stay within the wall (intramural), or grow from the outside surface (subserosal). Sometimes they grow on a stalk (pedunculated). If they interfere with the ability of the entire uterus to contract, bleeding will increase and clots are likely to form.

      Adenomyosis: When this abnormality occurs, it is commonly associated with a reduction in the ability of the muscle fibers in the uterine wall to contract. This, in turn, can result in clotting.
      Large Uterus: After multiple pregnancies or multiple births, the uterus may remain larger than it was pre-pregnancy. If the cavity of the uterus enlarges, more pooling of menstrual blood may occur. This results in an increase in clotting.

      Polyps: Polyps or other growths inside the uterus can act as an obstruction to the outflow of blood during menses. This can increase clotting. These growths can also bleed themselves.

      Outflow Obstruction: Anything that can partially block the outflow of fluid from the uterus during menses can contribute to clotting. The most common form of outflow obstruction results from natural changes after menopause when hormone levels drop. Without estrogen stimulation, the cervical canal may atrophy, or shrink. This can restrict the flow of blood, so clots are likely to form. This problem does not surface unless there is some reason for the post-menopausal woman to bleed. Then she may notice that the bleeding is not at all like her menstrual period used to be.

      Does Endometriosis Cause Clotting?
      In my experience about 30-40% of endometriosis patients experience abnormal bleeding, which may or may not include clotting. In general, I feel this is an indirect effect and not a direct one. For example, a woman who develops a large endometrioma may find that it interferes with normal ovulation. This could indirectly lead to abnormal bleeding and possibly influence clot formation.

      In Summary
      Clots in and of themselves are generally not harmful. One menstrual cycle that is different from your normal pattern probably doesn’t mean anything. But if changes continue, you should bring them to the attention of your physician.

  50. QUESTION:
    When should I be worried about "measuring too large"?
    I'm 14 weeks and 3 days based on a early U/S. I got measured and am at 21.59CM. This is my 3rd pregnancy and I have another U/S scheduled for next week but, should I be worried about this? Is this normal for a 3rd pregnancy or should I be thinking about twins?

    • ANSWER:
      How early was your first ultrasound? Unless it was SUPER early, they should have found twins the first time if that were the case. Multiples is one of the big things that they look for during the first ultrasound. Although it's not impossible that it was missed if you went prior to 7 weeks or so.

      You're right that 21cm is very large for 14 weeks. Once you start the second trimester, the fundal height should mirror the number of weeks along that you are, within a couple of centimeters, so you should be in the 12-16cm range.

      If you were measuring 7cm off, then why didn't they do another ultrasound? It could be that your due date was miscalculated or that there is a twin that was missed on the first ultrasound... or it could be excess amniotic fluid or fibroids. In any case, you need your doctor to be a little bit more proactive in determining what's causing you to measure drastically further ahead than you believe you are!

      EDIT: Some people seem to be under the impression that you're talking about the length of the baby. I have to assume you're talking about the fundal height, which is the measurement from your pubic bone to the top of the uterus. Many doctors don't even bother to measure fundal height this early in a pregnancy... especially if you've had two healthy babies before. But since they took the time to take the measurement, they should at least follow up if it's abnormal. Don't you think??

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