What are Fibroids?
What are uterine fibroids?
Fibroids are benign growths (non-cancerous) in or around the uterus.
Fibroids can range in size from a grape to a grapefruit and may cause uncomfortable symptoms, including heavy menstrual bleeding and painful periods.
These symptoms may worsen over time if the fibroids are left untreated.
Fibroids are common.
- In the US, around 70% of white women and more than 80% of black women will have uterine fibroids before the age of 501
- Each year in the US, more than 2 million women undergo treatment for uterine fibroids2
- 20%-50% of women with fibroids have symptoms3
Women with fibroids may experience one or more of the following symptoms:3
- Heavy periods (heavy menstrual bleeding)
- Pressure or swelling in the abdomen
- Painful periods (dysmenorrhea)
- Urinating more often than usual
- Painful sex
1 Baird DD. et al. High Cumulative Incidence of Uterine Leiomyoma in Black and White women; Ultrasound Evidence. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2003;188:100-107
2 Marsh EE. et al. Prevalence and Treatment of Uterine Fibroids: A Survey of U.S. Women J Womens Health 2018; 27:1359-1367
3 Stovall DW. Clinical Symptomatology of Uterine Leiomyomas. Clin Obstet Gynecol. 2001;44:364-371