Can children get uterine fibroids?

Rarely. Fibroids are typically seen in women of child-bearing age; most commonly between ages 30-55. However, women in their twenties and even on rare occasions women in their late teens will have fibroids detected. African-American women not only have a higher incidence of fibroids than other racial groups, but they tend to be more numerous and present earlier in life as well.

Fibroids usually develop during childbearing years - that is, after you go through puberty and before you go through menopause - so children who have not yet gone through puberty don't develop fibroids. In fact, they're quite rare among women younger than 20 years old. Fibroids develop in cells of smooth muscle tissue (often in the uterus), and though the exact reason for their development is unknown, doctors think it may have something to do with the hormones and other chemicals in your body. Since young girls don't yet have adult levels of these hormones, they do not develop 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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