Ask the Nurse

I’m 45 years old. I am not pregnant and do not have a period. I do have a large fibroid. Can the fibroid shrink on its own if I’m going through menopause? Should I get a hysterectomy to get rid of the large fibroid?

Fibroids are benign growths in the uterus. They are very common and most fibroids will shrink after menopause.

Treatment is usually recommended if fibroids become symptomatic like:

  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Irregular bleeding
  • Pelvic pressure or pain
  • Affecting fertility

You should discuss the various treatment options with your gynecologist and determine whether you need surgical or medical intervention, or whether watchful waiting is appropriate.

All My Best,
Speaking of Women's Health Nurse

August 31, 2012 at 3:03pm