How do fibroids develop?

In May of 2012, the trigger which initiates the growth of uterine fibroids was discovered for the first time. This molecular trigger is a single stem cell which develops a particular mutation (MED 12). Following this, the cells grow rapidly and out of control in response to steroid hormones (ex. progesterone, estrogen). It is hoped that understanding how fibroids grow will lead to more effective and less invasive therapies for women that suffer with fibroids.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Fibroids are growths of cells from the muscular layer of the uterine wall. Watch the animation to learn more about 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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