The human body is amazing, and some of the organs can do remarkable things. Can you believe that women have a part of their body that is tiny in size but can do mighty things? There is not one person who would be here today without this often overlooked organ, despite their gender.
Today we are going to talk about the remarkable uterus and all it is capable of. We are going to discuss the normal weight of the uterus in grams as well as ounces for those of us who were not paying attention during the lessons on metric conversions. We will also talk about circumstances that can compromise its functionality, or increase, or decrease the average weight of a uterus.
What Is The Average Uterus Weight For An Adult?
This small organ is only about 4 inches by 3.5 inches and an inch and a half thick, which would be close to the size of a medium lemon. The average weight of a healthy uterus in peak childbearing years is around fifty-five to sixty grams or a little over two ounces.
The Remarkable Uterus
All things considered, the uterus is akin to a superhero like Elastigirl; it can stretch to hold 500 times the volume it normally would by the end of a full-term pregnancy, not to mention it can grow an entire tiny human. It is also as strong as Wonder Woman, who is known as the strongest female superhero in the world. Although the jaw muscle is considered the strongest muscle in the human body, the network of muscles that make up the uterus just might deserve that title, or at least a close second, keeping in mind they can push an entire person out into the world.
This life-nurturing organ is the only one that can manufacture and create an entirely new organ (the placenta), which provides the growing fetus with vital oxygen, nutrients, and antibodies, and also filters out waste from the baby through the mother.
Studies have also started to surface showing a link between the removal of the uterus and other women’s health issues. A study of almost 2,100 women who had their uterus taken out before the age of 35 showed that they were at increased risk for heart disease and metabolic abnormalities than women in the same demographic and location who still had their uterus.
The weight of the uterus can fluctuate depending on the job it is currently doing or if it is interfered with by abnormal circumstances. Every woman is built slightly differently, so the average weight of the uterus will vary between them.
What Can Cause Changes To The Normal Weight Of A Uterus?
There are certain instances where the size and weight of a uterus might change, including:
- During pregnancy, the uterus expands from the size of a lemon to about the size of a medium pumpkin and increases in weight by approximately 94%;
- During the menstrual cycle, when the lining is built up and just before it is shed, the volume can increase between 10% and 15%, which may also slightly increase the weight of the uterus;
- After menopause, it is normal for the uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes to become smaller and a bit lighter than during the reproductive years;
- Uterine myomas (fibroids) are tumors that are benign and grow in and around the uterus. If there are many of these tumors present or they are large, they can distort the shape of the uterine walls and add extra weight. There have been fibroids discovered that were several pounds, and one was found recently in a patient from Germany that measured 20” x 10” and weighed in at over 35 pounds. Sadly, this woman was misdiagnosed twice by doctors and told that her abdomen’s increasing size was due to her lifestyle and that she needed to eat a healthier diet and exercise more;
- Endometriosis can also enlarge and increase the normal weight of a uterus. Many women gain weight due to this condition, but it is more water retention weight than actually the weight of the uterus becoming heavier.
For the many of you who have asked, “Can fibroids in the uterus cause weight gain? ”The answer is yes, it is possible, depending on how many fibroids are growing and how big they are getting. If fibroids grow large and are left untreated, chances are you will begin to experience unpleasant symptoms, and they can even create issues with you becoming pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy.
Non-Surgical Treatment for Enlarged Uterus Due to Fibroids
Taking out the uterus is a common treatment for fibroids and, surprisingly, the leading reason that women have a hysterectomy. Removing the uterus should be a last resort and reserved for such cases as gynecological cancer.
If you have symptoms of myomas or have been diagnosed and have been trying to deal with the side effects the best you can, there is no reason to continue to suffer. There is a solution that does not involve surgery on your uterus or the removal of this amazing organ.
The Atlanta Fibroid Center has been helping women find relief from these invasive growths for over 25 years. Dr. John Lipman and Dr. M. Ermentrout use a special procedure called uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) to block the blood flow to all the fibroids, thereby cutting off their entire support system. Without this blood to sustain them, they shrink and die, putting an end to their ruthless reign of heavy bleeding and other uncomfortable symptoms that rob women of their quality of life.
UFE is not a surgery and is done as an outpatient procedure that takes about 45 minutes to an hour, after which you and your uterus can go home to commence your short time of recovery. If you have never heard of UFE before, you are not alone, as the procedure is done by a highly skilled interventional radiologist who is an expert in this procedure and not by your OB-GYN.
Want to find out more? Contact the Atlanta Fibroid Center and set up a time to get all your questions answered and find out if UFE may be the answer you have been looking for.