Sorry to be so repetitive, but I keep on noticing descriptions of women's uterus and fibroid sizes and wonder. Did I hear correctly? Could my doctor have said that my post-op uterus looked like a seven pound baby and that it was as a14 week pregnant uterus. Are those two descriptions compatible? I wonder if I was still fuzzy when heard it ? I keep reading softball size, melon size, ect. Any thoughts?
My Dr mentioned I had a 8wk uterus and I didn't understand that comment either. I assumed it was relating to a pregnancy size.
After my Op I requested a copy of my Lab report and it did indeed show my Uterus was not normal size, but enlarged due to myriad conditons. So it is possible you heard correctly. Can you confirm this with your Dr? or ask for Lab report to clarify.
Look at a copy of your pathology report. The 8 week size or 16 week size is how TALL your uterus is in pregnancy terms. They measure by how close the top of your uterus is to your belly button (or fundal height).
The size of the "baby" and the week comparison really aren't the same. Doctor said I had a uterus the size of a sixteen week pregnancy, but my uterus weighed 432 grams (normal is about 80 grams). Part of my uterus weighed that, it came out in two pieces, requiring a very long vertical incision. If it had been a 16 week baby, it would have easily been removed with a bikini incision......
My doctor said my uterus was the size of a 12-14 week pregnant woman. I was shocked. I knew before the surgery my uterus was enlarged with lots of fibroids. But I never would have guessed it was that enlarged. I am waiting to get the results of my pathology report. Thank God it's out! I can't wait to get better so that I can live life again without having to reschedule things because of bad bleeding.
Hello!!! My fibriod was the size of a 16 inch clicher softball. My doctor said I was the size of a woman entering the second trimester of pregnancy. I even waddled like a pregnant woman!!! I so glad it is gone!!! I am feeling better everyday!!! I hope you do too!!!
A seven pound baby is quite a lot bigger than a 14 week uterus. Although they use fundal height (the height of the uterus based on the distance from your pubic bone to the top of your uterus)to tell if a uterus is growing at a normal rate, with the sophistication if ultrasound they also know how large volume-wise (not just from bottom to top) a pregnant uterus is at each stage of pregnancy based on volume and use that as a gauge for sizing a fibroid uterus. They alsu use fruits like grapefruit or melons so that patients can have a better understanding of what they are talking about, since many don't really know the size of a pregnant uterus at any stage.
My doc said my uterus was about a 12 week size, it turned out to be 317 grams, or just about 3/4 of a pound.
As Gypsy wisely advises, ask your doctor to go over the path report with you next time you see him/her, or if you aren't going again, ask the office for a copy of the report. There may be things on it that you won't understand unless you are a medical person; they tend to use a lot of medical-ese in those reports since they are meant for doctor to doctor communication. But certainly you can ask your doctor if you have questions about it.
My dr said I had the size uterus of a 5 month pregnancy. I was having trouble breathing and had to watch it if I sneezed or laughed too hard as it was placing pressure on my bladder. He didn't know how much it weighed but a week after surgery on a visit to get the staples out I had lost 13 lbs! There were 3 or so tumors that had taken up the entire body cavity. Dr was mad that I had let them get that big but I told him if I had wanted to have surgery I would have come in sooner!
My dr seemed like he didn't want to talk about the fibroids, he didn't know how much the tumors weighed and rolled his eyes when I found out I had a vaginal incision. I didn't know I had one since he went thru the abdominal wall. Even the nurse didn't want to talk about it. She just said it was interesting to be there and see it. She did tell me the uterus had about 3 tumors on it that took up the body cavity but thats about all she would say. Wonder why? When all my girlfriends knew their sizes and more details than I know. ?????