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. 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
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