When there are hormonal changes in the body, sudden weight gain is common. Women who have an enlarged uterus may have unexplained weight gain around the waist. Weight often increases with age in women without any cause for concern. Women should discuss their weight with their doctor if they're experiencing weight gain without another explanation.
The reason that an enlarged uterus can lead to weight gain is because of all the extra room in your body, this means you can eat more and burn less energy. Also, having an enlarged uterus means that you are likely to be pregnant which will also increase your appetite due to hormones changing too. During pregnancy, mothers-to-be can lose up to ten percent of their pre-pregnancy weight - this is called "uterus shrinkage". After childbirth, the uterus returns to its original size but it takes about a year for it to return to its normal size.
So yes, an enlarged uterus can cause you to gain weight.
This article was written by our editor, Dr. Steven Schubach.
Common Uterine Fibroid Symptoms Because of a hormonal imbalance or the size of the fibroid, fibroids induce weight gain and bloating. Larger fibroids may cause a woman's abdomen to acquire weight, giving the impression of typical belly fat. Simply simply, the larger a fibroid becomes, the heavier it becomes. Whether this is due to increased cellular content or more collagen present within the mass, it is difficult to say. However, one thing is for sure: The larger your fibroid, the more likely you are to experience excessive weight gain.
Large uteruses can also cause obesity by blocking the passage of food through the digestive system. Since larger fibroids take up more space than smaller ones, they force other organs out of place including the stomach and intestines. This creates room for more adipose tissue (body fat). In addition, since large fibroids make digestion more difficult, a person will feel hungry more often. Finally, the stress caused by not being able to digest food properly may lead to eating habits that further contribute to weight gain.
If you're obese and suffer from infertility, there's a good chance that you have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is a common condition that affects millions of women worldwide. It's characterized by two main symptoms: irregular menstrual cycles and excess body hair. Although there is no cure for PCOS, there are many treatments available that can help control symptoms and improve fertility.
Common Uterine Fibroid Symptoms Because of a hormonal imbalance or the size of the fibroid, fibroids cause weight gain and bloating. However, this is only due to their presence; there is no actual tissue growth. The only reason people think these fibroids are causing weight gain is because they're lying in wait for oxygenated blood to pass by so they can be removed via surgery.
Fibroids do not cause weight gain. But if your fibroids are large enough, they might cause you to look bloated. During pregnancy, the hormones estrogen and progesterone cause muscle mass to build up in the uterus. After childbirth, these hormones remain in high levels in the body for several months after you give birth. As a result, post-menopausal women lose muscle tone and begin to look heavier. However, this is not due to any growth of tissue inside themselves but rather their larger appearance due to excess skin and swelling from the pregnancy hormones.
In addition, large fibroids can cause heavy bleeding during menstruation or even lead to miscarriage if they become large enough. However, it is possible for women with small fibroids to suffer from excessive menstrual bleeding as well.
Pregnancy and uterine fibroids are two medical diseases that can cause the uterus to grow in size. As your uterus grows larger, you may feel a weight in your lower belly or observe your abdomen bulging. However, you may not have any obvious symptoms. Being pregnant when you have large fibroids can cause pain, bleeding, and infection. The only way to find out if this is happening to you is by having an ultrasound exam.
Uterus size varies between women. In fact, the average uterus is 32-36 grams (1-1.4 oz). A uterus that is too small is a common problem for older women; they may experience difficulties with fertility or menstrual problems. Women with small uteruses often require hormone therapy to regulate their periods or delay menopause. Women with large uteri also experience problems such as infertility or excessive bleeding during menstruation. In some cases, surgery can be done to remove part of the stomach or intestines and fuse them directly to the uterus as a treatment for heavy menstrual bleeding or uterine fibroids.
Women with very large uteruses (more than 100 grams or 3.5 ounces) may experience difficulty giving birth. The baby's head may not fit through the cervix, and there may not be enough room in the pelvis for the baby's shoulders and hips. This condition is called occipitocervical disproportion.
Certain types of cancer may induce swelling in the abdomen (belly), resulting in weight gain. Alternatively, you may gain weight because many anti-cancer medications lead your body to retain additional fluid. Cancer itself can also cause eating disorders as well as poor appetite and malnutrition. These issues are very common among people with advanced disease.
Tumors often cause problems by blocking organs such as the intestines or kidneys. They may also press on vital organs such as the heart or lungs. If a large tumor is blocking an organ, it may prevent that organ from functioning properly. For example, a large tumor may cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. An obstruction caused by a small tumor may not cause any symptoms at all for years. The only way to know if a tumor is causing problems is through clinical exams and testing.
People with cancer often need special nutrition support. This may include oral nutritional supplements, total parenteral nutrition (TPN), or tube feeding. Your oncologist will work with you to determine the best type of nutrition support for you. For example, someone who is unable to eat enough nutritious food for their body may be given oral supplements. Those who require a more continuous source of nutrients may receive TPN via a vein.
Ovarian cancer symptoms include abdominal swelling and bloating, which many may associate with weight gain. Additionally, some patients with ovarian cancer may gain weight as a result of treatment or simply living with the condition. If you experience any significant weight loss or loss of appetite, contact your doctor immediately.
A pelvic mass can be anything within the pelvis that isn't part of the skeletal system. These could be organs such as the ovaries or uterus, or it could be other structures such as fibroids (noncancerous tumors of the muscle tissue) or lymph nodes. The pelvis is the area between the abdomen and the lower back, and it contains the reproductive organs as well as the legs and arms when they go beyond the rib cage. The mass might be hard or soft depending on what it is; for example, a uterine fibroid is usually soft and smooth-surfaced while a tumor from cancer of the prostate is usually harder.
Pelvic masses can be found during a physical examination or through imaging tests such as ultrasound or CT scan. It's important to get tested because there are several conditions that can produce similar symptoms including endometriosis, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, and chronic fatigue syndrome. The only way to find out what's causing your symptoms is by getting checked by a physician.