What is Menopause...?

...and When does it occur?

Menopause is the permanent cessation of menstrual cycles and is determined retrospectively after 12 months without menses.123 Menopause occurs for most women and menstruators around the age of 51.  Menopause can also be surgically or medically induced.

Menopause and Fibroids Conversation with Dr. Lauren Streicher

Did you know?

There are 400 estrogen receptors in the body

Menopause & Fibroids FAQs:

It’s a common misconception that all fibroids shrink during menopause. While many fibroids do decrease in size due to reduced hormone levels, some may not shrink significantly. Larger fibroids may grow independent of their hormone “food” source and continue to grow. Individual experiences vary, and factors such as the fibroids’ location and size play a role.

Menopause won’t “cure” fibroids but can lead to a reduction in their size and the severity of symptoms for most women due to decreased estrogen and progesterone levels. Many fibroids do not disappear completely, and some women may still require treatment.

Not necessarily. Although some women experience relief from fibroid symptoms after menopause, others may continue to have symptoms or even develop new ones. It’s important to consult with your healthcare provider to determine if continuing treatment is necessary for your specific situation.

Menopause can lead to changes in fibroid symptoms. While many women report a decrease in symptoms due to reduced hormone levels, some may continue to experience or develop symptoms such as pelvic discomfort or pressure, also know as Bulk Symptoms. It’s essential to monitor your symptoms and communicate any changes to your healthcare provider.

Regular check-ups with your healthcare provider, including pelvic exams and possibly imaging tests like ultrasounds, can help monitor the size and impact of fibroids during menopause. Reporting any new or worsening symptoms is also crucial. If you experience post-menopausal bleeding, contact your provider immediately.

This is a very complex answer, and it is different for every woman. HT can be a double-edged sword for women with fibroids. While it can alleviate menopausal symptoms, there is some evidence that it might also contribute to fibroid growth in some cases due to the introduction of hormones. Discuss the potential risks and benefits thoroughly with your healthcare provider, preferably one who specializes in menopausal care and fibroids.

Yes, heavy bleeding should always be evaluated by a healthcare provider, especially during menopause when menstrual periods should have ceased. Bleeding could indicate that fibroids are still active or there may be other health concerns.

Yes, lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy diet, regular exercise, and stress management can positively impact fibroid symptoms and overall well-being during menopause. These changes can also support hormone balance and weight management, which may indirectly influence fibroid symptoms. You may find that a reduction in the intensity of your workouts is beneficial. Yoga practice can be particularly helpful for adrenal fatigue, stress management and balance during perimenopause and menopause.

If your fibroids do not shrink or if symptoms persist or worsen after menopause, it’s crucial to seek medical advice. There are various treatment options available, ranging from medication to surgical procedures, tailored to your specific needs and health status.

What are the symptoms?

Mood disturbance

Bone density loss

Breast tenderness

Dry eyes

Dry skin

Hair loss

Heart palpatations

Hot flashes

Itchy skin

(feeling of skin crawling)

Memory fog

Night sweats

Painful intercourse

Ringing in ears

Skin loosening

Sleep disturbance

Urinary frequency

Vaginal dryness


Weight gain

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