Are uterine fibroids contagious?

No. While no one knows what causes uterine fibroids to form, they are not contagious. There is a genetic component to the development of uterine fibroids and this is most commonly seen in women of African-American ancestry. Therefore, it is particularly important for these women if they suffer with uterine fibroids to educate their daughters on the symptoms of fibroids (i.e. as there is a higher chance that they too will one day suffer with fibroids).

Uterine fibroids are not contagious. Although little is known about their exact cause, doctors think it may be related to hormones and other chemicals in the body, as well as some kind of genetic mutation in certain cells. Fortunately, none of these factors can be passed along from one person to the next (except, perhaps, from mother to daughter through genetics), so you don't have to worry about catching 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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