Can Fibroids Cause Weight Gain?

Can Fibroids Cause Bloating?

Absolutely, yes, fibroids can cause weight gain and bloating. In fact the largest fibroid on record weighed a staggering 140 pounds. Uterine fibroids are benign (non-cancerous) tumors that grow in or on the womb (uterus) - see some pictures. They can vary in size, location and quantity. You may only have one, or you could have many. Typically they range in size from a small pea to a cantaloupe or larger. If they are untreated they can grow over time and may end up weighing between 10 and 40 pounds. Large fibroids can cause tummy bloating which can make a woman look like she is 6 months pregnant.

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Personal Stories

I have a very healthy diet and go to the gym 3 or 4 times a week. However, regardless of my effort I just keep seeming to gain weight. In the past 3 months alone I have gained about 8 pounds or just over 3 kilos. I went to the doctor last week and he ordered a vaginal ultrasound. Turns out I have fibroids. I also have really bad period pain.
Susan L, Chicago

I had 2 large fibroids, one was the size of a grapefruit. I had them removed last month with a uterine myomectomy. Before the procedure I had this big stomach which was really annoying because I had lost a lot of weight, but still had this pot belly. After the operation my stomach really went down and I was much slimmer, so I was pleased. Just hoping they won't grow back again because the doc says that is still a risk.
Petra O, Dallas

My mother had fibroids and looked like she was 6 months pregnant. She had them removed but they kept coming back so she ended up having a hysterectomy operation. Her whole uterus, along with the fibroids were removed. Her tummy was much flatter after the operation but it meant she hit menopause which had its own issues.
Janet K, Detroit

I had a complete hysterectomy last year because the fibroids were just getting too painful. The surgeon removed a fibroid tumor weighing 8lbs 2oz. I looked really heavily pregnant, and it was getting really embarrassing when people started to congratulate me! I don’t know who was more embarrassed, them or me when I told them I wasn't pregnant. Still, I ended up wearing maternity clothes for the few months before my procedure because they were the only thing that fit. In fact, the tumor they removed ended up being bigger to any of the babies I actually gave birth to. Needless to say, I feel much better these days and my stomach looks normal again.
Julie, Birmingham

My fibroids weren't huge, so I didn't look pregnant, but they did cause bloating, like I had permanent PMS bloating. When I had a laparoscopic myomectomy, the doc removed a fibroid about the size of a small orange.
Sandra B, Phoenix

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