Are you experiencing any of these symptoms?
- Heavy bleeding or painful periods
- Bleeding between periods
- Feeling of fullness or pressure in the lower abdomen
- Frequent urination (from the fibroid pressing on the bladder)
- Pain during sex
- Lower back pain
- Reproductive problems, such as infertility or miscarriage
If so, you may have uterine fibroids, noncancerous tumors or lumps made of muscle cells that grow within the wall of or on the outside of the uterus. Fibroids may grow as a single tumor or in clusters and vary in size, from the size of an apple seed to a grapefruit and occasionally even larger.
About Uterine Fibroids
What causes uterine fibroids?
Genetics, hormones and a woman’s general health play a role in the development of fibroids. Fibroids usually occur in women of childbearing age and decrease in size after menopause because they are linked to hormone levels in the body. African-American women and women with a family history of fibroids are more likely to develop uterine fibroids, as are obese women and those who eat a lot of red meat and ham. Women who have given birth are at a lower risk.
Do uterine fibroids lead to cancer?
Uterine fibroids are not cancerous and are not associated with cancer. They rarely develop into cancer (less than 0.1 percent of cases). Fibroids do not increase the risk for developing uterine cancer.
Do uterine fibroids ever go away?
In most cases, fibroids stop growing or shrink once a woman goes through menopause. But this is not the case for all women.
Get the Relief You Need—See a Fibroid Specialist
You don’t have to live with the pain and heavy bleeding caused by fibroids. Norton Women’s Care offers a full range of uterine fibroid testing and treatment options to get you back to living life pain free. Find a gynecologist or call (502) 629-1234 and we'll point you to the right specialist.