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Fibroids and smoking

02/04/2010

Question:

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

Answer:

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.

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Response by:

Thomas  A deHoop, MD Thomas A deHoop, MD
Formerly Associate Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
Director, Medical Student Education
No longer associated