Fibroids are benign (non – cancerous) tumors made of smooth muscle cells and fibrous connective tissue. They develop in the uterus. It is estimated that 70-80% of women will develop fibroids in their lifetime. However, not everyone will develop symptoms or require treatment.
The cause of uterine fibroids is not known, although some studies have shown that there could be a genetic component. There is no food or external exposure that a woman can have that can cause her to develop fibroids.
Who is at risk for uterine fibroids?
As women age their chances of developing fibroids increase. Studies have shown that women with a family history of fibroids are more likely to develop fibroids.
Fibroids are also more common in African women. Obesity has also been linked to an increase risk of fibroids.
Symptoms of Fibroids
Types of Fibroids