Yes, probably. After the menopause, the amount of the hormone oestrogen in your body decreases. This will usually cause your fibroids to gradually shrink, and in turn, your symptoms should get better or go away completely.
The main cause of fibroids isn’t known. But the hormone oestrogen may be involved in how they grow. Some things can increase your risk of getting fibroids, such as your age as they’re more common in your forties.
See our section: Causes of fibroids above for more information.
Not always. If you don’t have any fibroid symptoms, you probably won’t need any treatment. If they’re large, you may need to have them removed in an operation. This is because large fibroids can press on your bladder or bowel and cause problems such as constipation and problems peeing.
See our section: Treatment of fibroids above for more information.
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Reviewed by Rachael Mayfield-Blake, Freelance Health Editor, December 2021
Expert reviewer, Dr Madhavi Vellayan, Consultant Gynaecologist
Next review due December 2024