Fibroids-9 Things You Probably Didn’t Know (but should)
July is Fibroid Awareness Month. Fibroids are small muscular tumors that usually grow in the walls of the uterus. While they are common, most woman know surprisingly little about them. In honor of Fibroid Awareness Month, we hope to change that.
9 Things You Should Know About Fibroids
- About 50% of women develop fibroids in their uterus by the time they reach 50 years old.
- Many women with uterine fibroids have no symptoms at all.
- Symptoms can include heavy or long periods, pelvic pressure, frequent urination, and back and leg aches.
- Symptoms and treatment vary greatly depending on the size and location of the fibroid within the uterus.
- African-American women are more likely to develop fibroids than white women.
- Women who are overweight are at higher risk for fibroids.
- Fibroids are almost always benign (non-cancerous).
- Having fibroids does not increase a woman’s chances of getting other forms of cancer in the uterus or reproductive tract, but can mask symptoms of these cancers and make diagnosing more difficult.
- Most women with fibroids have no complications in pregnancy, but the presence of fibroids increases the risk for a cesarean section.
Other Creating a Family Resources You Will Enjoy
- Fibroids and Other Uterine Issues
- Uterine Fibroids: Symptoms, Risk Factors & Treatment Options
- Infertility Issues in the African American Community