Why do Fibroids Cause an Enlarged Uterus?The uterus is designed to expand to accommodate a growing baby. When fibroids develop, the uterus enlarges in response to fibroid growth. Some women notice a distended abdomen similar to pre-menstrual bloating. Others experience expansion as big as a full term pregnancy.
AdenomyosisOccasionally, an enlarged uterus may be the result of Adenomyosis, a disease which mimics fibroids. Adenomyosis can be diagnosed with biopsy and imaging studies.
Can the Uterus Shrink Back?When fibroids are removed by surgery (Myomectomy) or are shrunk by Uterine Fibroid Embolization, the uterus will often return to normal size. Unfortunately, Myomectomy can damage the uterine lining, impairing fertility. There is also a high possibility of fibroid re-growth.
Embolization has neither of these problems. As a non-surgical procedure, it also won't leave scars on the stomach.