When there is a rapid growth of fibroids after menopause, the risk of the tumor becoming malignant or cancerous increases. Normally fibroids are benign tumors which are non cancerous. The probability of a fibroid tumor becoming malignant is 1 in a 1000. This probability changes to 1 in a 100 for women whose fibroids start growing rapidly after menopause.
Hence women in the post menopausal stage must be very cautious and consult a doctor immediately upon noticing any of the following symptoms:
Fibroid tumors can cause pelvic pain and pain during intercourse. Depending on the location of the uterine tumor, bowel movements can also become painful. Many women suffer from lower back pain due to the pressure generated by the tumor on the internal organs.
2. Urinary Symptoms
Women with fibroid tumors that are attached to the uterine wall near the bladder may experience urinary problems. These include difficulty in passing urine or very frequent urination. This happens because the fibroid tumor as it increases in size begins to press on the bladder.
3. Pelvic Pressure
As the uterine tumor grows in size it can cause a feeling of heavy pressure in the pelvic area. Some women may even be able to feel a hard spot through the skin when the area is examined. This happens because large-sized fibroids distort the shape of the uterus and press on organs near the uterus.
4. Abdominal Bloat
Abdominal bloating is very common in women suffering from fibroids.
It is believed that growth of fibroids after menopause is a remote possibility. This is because after menopause the body stops producing estrogen which is the main trigger factor for fibroids growth. However in some women the uterine tumors continue to grow even after menopause. This is really a cause of concern which must be closely monitored to ensure that the tumor does not turn cancerous.