Fibroids are usually non-cancerous growths from the muscle wall of the uterus.  Their size, shape, location, and number may vary from one woman to another.  They can grow rapidly or slowly over longer periods of time.  Fibroids are more common in women in their 30s-40s and even more common in African American women.

 

Fibroids can impact your life by changing the severity of your menstrual flow, increasing cramping with periods, pain with intercourse or pressure sensation at any time, difficulty with urination or constipation problems, miscarriages, and infertility.

 

However, most fibroids remain unnoticed as symptoms may not be severe enough to have an effect on your body.

 

Treatment may include medications or surgery and is necessary when the fibroids create periods heavy enough or painful enough to cause anemia or disrupt a woman’s normal routine, infertility, pelvic pain, rapid increase in size.

 

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