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Thursday, December 5, 2013
Fibroids and smoking
Hi ive been diagnosed with a fibroid the size of a seven month old baby,im having Zoladex injections for three months to shrink it and taking livial every day,i will have a myocectomy in April.Ive read on the net that women that smoke are less likely to get them but i smoke 10 a day and have one,my question is will stopping smoking help the fibroid and how soes smoking affect it.Thank you
Fibroids are stimulated to grow by the female hormone estrogen. Smokers have lower estrogen levels (decreased production and increased metabolism) and therefore theoretically a lower incidence of fibroids. In reality it only has a small impact overall. You should quit smoking for reasons other than the fibroids.
Thomas A deHoop, MD
Formerly Associate Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
Director, Medical Student Education
No longer associated