Uterine fibroids are benign (not cancer) growths that develop from the muscle tissue of the uterus. They also are called leiomyomas or myomas. The size, shape, and location of fibroids can vary greatly. They may be present inside the uterus, on its outer surface or within its wall, or attached to it by a stem-like structure. A woman may have only one fibroid or many of varying sizes. A fibroid may remain very small for a long time and suddenly grow rapidly, or grow slowly over a number of years.
Fibroids are most common in women aged 30–40 years, but they can occur at any age. Fibroids occur more often in African American women than in white women. They also seem to occur at a younger age and grow more quickly in African American women.
Fibroids may have the following symptoms:
Longer, more frequent, or heavy menstrual periods
Menstrual pain (cramps)
Vaginal bleeding at times other than menstruation
Anemia (from blood loss)
In the abdomen or lower back (often dull, heavy and aching, but may be sharp)
Difficulty urinating or frequent urination
Constipation, rectal pain, or difficult bowel movements
Fibroids may cause no symptoms at all and may be found during a routine pelvic exam or during tests for other problems.
This information was provided by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Click HERE for more information about uterine fibroids.
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