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Uterine Fibroids

What are uterine fibroids?

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  • A OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology), answered on behalf of
    Aventura Hospital & Medical Center - What is Fibroids?
    A fibroid is a growth in the muscle of the uterus, says Jessica Ritch, MD, Gynecologist at Aventura Hospital & Medical Center. Learn more about fibroids in this video.
  • A Urology, answered on behalf of
    What are uterine fibroids?
    Fibroids are benign tumors which can develop in a woman's uterus. In this video, Nathan Guerette, MD, a urogynecologist at Chippenham & Johnston-Willis Hospitals, discusses what to do if fibroids cause symptoms such as bleeding. 
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  • Fibroids are the most common benign pelvic tumor in women. They arise from the muscular layer of the uterus called the myometrium. They occur in reproductive-aged women and can lead to pelvic pain and pressure as well as uterine bleeding. They may also affect fertility and pregnancy.
  • Each year in the United States, more than 600,000 hysterectomies are performed, and more than a third are a direct result of uterine fibroids. These are noncancerous growths that range in size from a small pea to a melon. If the fibroids remain small, they may do no harm. Large fibroids are painful and cause swelling and pressure in the bladder, which results in a constant urgency to urinate.
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  • Uterine fibroids are the most common tumors of the female reproductive system. Fibroids – also called uterine myomas, leiomyomas, or fibromas – are benign growths that develop from smooth muscle cells and fibrous connective tissue either just beneath the outer surface of the uterus, or within the uterine wall. Fibroid growth is linked to the presence of estrogen and progesterone, but the mechanism involved is not understood. Fibroids range from the size of a pea to the size of a grapefruit. As many as 50 percent of women develop uterine fibroids at some point in their lives, but because fibroids may not produce symptoms, many women are unaware that they have them.
  • A , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
    Fibroid Basics
    Fibroids are noncancerous growths of cells that start in the muscular layer of the uterine wall.  There are different types. Watch the animation to learn more about uterine fibroids.


  • Uterine fibroids, or myomas, are non-cancerous tumors that develop in the wall of the uterus. These growths are made up of muscle and fibrous tissue, and they can form in many different parts of the uterus. Uterine fibroids are actually quite common, and they often don't cause any noticeable symptoms. If they do cause problematic symptoms, they may be treated with medications or surgery.
  • A OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology), answered on behalf of
    Uterine fibroids are benign (noncancerous) smooth muscle growths of the uterus. They're extremely common. More than 50% of women have fibroids or have had them at some point in their lives. They largely do not cause symptoms. In fact, most women probably never knew they had them because they didn't cause any problems.

    However, uterine fibroids can cause heavy and/or irregular bleeding. If they grow very large, they can cause pelvic pain and pressure. Depending on how big the fibroids are, the location and the type, the treatment can vary.
  • A OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology), answered on behalf of
    What Are Fibroids?
    Fibroids are benign tumors that grow within the muscle of the uterus, says Edmond Pack, MD, an OB/GYN at Southern Hills Hospital. In this video, he says that fibroids are linked to family history and ethnic background.
  • A OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology), answered on behalf of
    Uterine fibroids can cause problems -- but much of the time, women don't even know they're there. In this video, Dr. Ashley Briggs explains the signs that should make you talk to your doctor.
  • A OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology), answered on behalf of
    What Are Uterine Fibroids?
    Uterine fibroids are a form of a benign tumor, says Kord Strebel, MD, an OB/GYN at Sunrise Hospital. In this video, he describes how fibroids grow and how they affect overall health.
  • A , OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology), answered
    What are uterine fibroids?
    Uterine fibroids are the most common benign tumors in women; the incidence is high, but not every woman experiences symptoms. Watch OB/GYN specialist Jessica Shepherd, MD, explain what uterine fibroids are, as well as some of the main symptoms.
  • A , Healthcare, answered
    Uterine fibroids (myomasor leiomyomas) are the most common tumors in the female reproductive system. It is estimated that four out of five women over the age of thirty-five have uterine fibroids.
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  • Uterine fibroids are tumors, or growths, made up of muscle and other tissues that grow in the uterus. They may develop in the uterine wall, inside the lining of the uterus, or outside of the uterus. They occur in 20-25% of women of childbearing age, and up to 80% of women will suffer from fibroids at some point in their lives. A single fibroid may develop or several may develop in groups. Fibroids range in size from less than one inch to larger than the size of a grapefruit. Other names for fibroids are uterine leiomyomata, fibromyomas, leiomyomas, and myomas.

    Many women with fibroids do not experience any symptoms and are unaware that they have fibroids. However, about one in four women may have heavy bleeding, pain, and urinary problems that require treatment. Fibroids are almost always benign (not harmful) and very rarely develop into cancer. Fewer than 0.1% of fibroid cases become cancerous. Other complications may include infertility, pregnancy problems, and anemia.

    Any woman can develop fibroids; they are most common among African American women. The cause is unknown and there are no known ways to prevent them.

    Fibroids are classified based on their location in the uterus and can be submucosal, intramural, subserosal, and pedunculated. Symptomatic fibroids can be treated with medications, surgeries, and other procedures. The most invasive surgery available, called a hysterectomy, completely removes the uterus and is the only treatment that completely prevents fibroids from growing back. One-third of hysterectomies in the United States are due to uterine fibroids.

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  • A , Family Medicine, answered
    Fibroids are muscular tumors that grow in the wall of the uterus (womb). Another medical term for fibroids is "leiomyoma" (leye-oh-meye-OH-muh) or just "myoma". Fibroids are almost always benign (not cancerous). Fibroids can grow as a single tumor, or there can be many of them in the uterus. They can be as small as an apple seed or as big as a grapefruit. In unusual cases they can become very large.

    This information is based on source information from the National Women's Health Information Center.
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  • A , OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology), answered
    Uterine fibroids are benign tumors of the uterus, also known as leiomyomata. Fibroids can cause severe problems with pelvic pressure, pelvic pain, heavy menstrual cycles, abdominal distention, and abdominal bloating. Fibroids are the number one reason that women in the United States undergo hysterectomies. Fibroids are seen much more commonly in African American patients for unknown reasons.
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  • A , OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology), answered
    Dr. Evelyn Minaya - What are uterine fibroids?

    Watch as Obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Evelyn Minaya gives the definition of uterine fibroids.



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  • A , Internal Medicine, answered
    Fibroids are noncancerous (benign) tumors of muscle cells that grow in the wall of the uterus. Fibroids may occur in up to 75% of women. They cause symptoms in only about 25%. Fibroids tend to grow during the reproductive years when hormone activity is high. Fibroids shrink after menopause when hormone levels drop. The cause of fibroids is unknown.

    A woman with fibroids may have no symptoms. The fibroid may only be diagnosed when the tumor is detected during a physical exam or by a CT scan or ultrasound that was used for an unrelated problem. Fibroids that cause no symptoms do not require treatment. However, your doctor may suggest regular pelvic exams to monitor the fibroid's growth.

    Symptoms caused by fibroids include:
    • Pelvic pain
    • Pressure
    • Heavy menstrual bleeding
    Some women have spotting (light bleeding) between periods. If the fibroids are large, they may cause difficulty with urinating or bowel movements or an unusually frequent need to urinate. Fibroids do not typically cause infertility, but they may grow during pregnancy and are associated with a higher miscarriage rate than average.

    There are many ways to treat fibroids if treatment is needed. You and your doctor will make the choice between medical and surgical options or one of the newer approaches. Your age, pregnancy plans, symptoms, and characteristics of the fibroids will be taken into account in choosing the best treatment for you.
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