A woman’s uterus can change in size overtime, especially with pregnancy. But pregnancy isn’t the only possible reason for an enlarged uterus. An enlarged uterus is common and can be a symptom of uterine fibroids (or a number of other medical conditions). The other common cause is adenomyosis.
If you have enlarged uterus, you should speak to your doctor about potential reasons. If fibroids are the reason, they should be treated.
While some fibroids are very small, others grow to weigh several pounds, and a woman may have more than one fibroid at the same time.
If symptoms are severe, treatment may involve uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) to cut off the blood supply to the fibroids so that they shrink and eventually die. UFE is nonsurgical and entirely outpatient. Other treatments include endometrial ablation, myomectomy, hysterectomy.
Adenomyosis is a thickening that occurs when the tissue that normally lines the uterus (endometrium) moves into its muscular outer wall and behaves like the endometrium. Adenomyosis can be treated by uterine artery embolization (UAE).