Will Menopause Heal My Fibroids? Many of our patients report being told by their doctor to wait out their symptoms if they are close to menopause. The idea behind the strategy is that menopause will starve the fibroids of a major fuel: Estrogen. This, in turn, is supposed to reduce or eliminate the fibroids related symptoms.
However, it’s not as simple as that for the following reasons:
- There a tendency to think that age 50 is the cut-off number for menopause onset. Menopause, in fact, may set in years later even past age 55.
- Once menopause sets in, bleeding may stop but bulk related symptoms may still persist.
- Bulk related symptoms are secondary to the mass effect exerted by large fibroids on surrounding organs such as the bladder, kidney tubes and bowel in addition to increased abdominal girth.
- Bulk related symptoms need to be addressed as they have a major impact on the quality of life.
- Some women with symptomatic fibroids may be prescribed hormone replacement therapy which may continue fueling their fibroids.
If you have been officially told by your doctor you are already into menopause and you start spotting or bleeding again, it is called post-menopausal bleeding. This type of bleeding requires further evaluation to make sure you do not have malignancy.