Are fibroids common?

Uterine fibroids are actually quite common. It's estimated that approximately 70% of women will develop fibroids at some point by the age of 45. Many times, uterine fibroids go unnoticed because they may not cause any symptoms and don't usually require treatment.
Rafael J. Perez, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
The incidence of uterine fibroids according to the National Institute of Health is 1 in 5 women of child bearing years develop fibroids. Fibroids are rare in women under 20, and often shrink and cause no symptoms in women who have gone through menopause.
Uterine fibroids are very common. One in every three women of child-bearing age have fibroids, and up to 80% of African-American women of child-bearing age have these benign tumors.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Many women have one or more of the noncancerous uterine growths called fibroids. Watch the animation to learn more about uterine fibroids.


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Uterine Fibroids

If you have uterine fibroids, you may never even notice that they are there. Ranging from the size of a small seed to grapefruit-sized, fibroids are tumors on the uterus that rarely cause harm. Some women have true discomfort with ...

fibroids, including pain in the abdomen or low back, or pain during sex. Sometimes, uterine fibroids can cause miscarriage, preterm labor, or even lead to infertility. Women in their 40s and 50s, women of African-American descent and women that are overweight are at higher risk of developing fibroids, although an estimated 20-80% of women will have them at some point before they turn 50. If your doctor notices fibroids during an ultrasound or pelvic exam, he or she may want to treat them with medication or surgery.

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