Dear Fibroids: I’m Tired of Looking Pregnant When I’m Not

Why Am I So Bloated I Look Pregnant?

One of the many things women hate about having fibroids is that they can make them look pregnant when they are not. Fibroids are hard and firm tumors made up of smooth muscle and fibrous tissue. As they enlarge, they will bloat the stomach enlarging the uterus like a pregnant woman.

The length of a woman’s uterus in centimeters is the approximate month size of a corresponding pregnant woman. For example, a 12 cm length uterus is approximately a 12-weeks (3 months) size pregnant uterus. Anatomic landmarks can also be used to gauge the size of the uterus. If a woman’s uterus is enlarged up to the belly button, this corresponds to a 16-weeks (4 months) size pregnant uterus.

Do Fibroids Make Your Stomach Feel Hard?

Generally, a woman’s abdomen is soft, but fibroids are usually hard as rocks and this difference may be felt when a woman tries to figure out why she is “poochy”. Many women are diagnosed with fibroids at their routine OB-GYN appointment during their pelvic exam because the doctor can feel these hard fibroids.

Before her appointment, she may have thought that she was experiencing bloating and a protruding abdomen due to the normal progression of aging or lack of physical exercise. A bloated lower pelvic area may be the first sign of fibroids and unfortunately, no amount of targeted exercises can address bloating that is caused by fibroids.

How Can I Stop Looking Bloated Or Pregnant?

If you have been diagnosed with uterine fibroids and you do not wish to look pregnant or bloated, uterine fibroid embolization may be able to shrink your uterus to the size it should be.

The Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) procedure is done to eliminate fibroids and while not specifically done to shrink the uterus, one of the many benefits is that women lose their poochy belly.

The UFE procedure works by cutting off the blood supply to all of the fibroids in the uterus. Without a blood supply, the fibroids will die. As this occurs, these hard and firm tumors become increasingly soft and begin to shrink as well. Three months after the procedure the vast majority of women have their bellies back and no longer look pregnant.

In addition, women who could feel their fibroids will no longer be able to feel them because what is left of the fibroids are not only significantly smaller, but they’re also soft like the tissues surrounding them. On average, the fibroids will shrink approximately 50% by 3 months after UFE and 60-70% by 6-12 months after UFE.

If you’re suffering from uterine fibroids and you’re tired of looking pregnant, give Dr. Lipman and the Atlanta Fibroid Center a call today at 770-953-2600 or make an appointment online at ATLii.com.

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