Uterine fibroids, the most common benign (noncancerous) growth in the pelvic area, don’t typically cause serious health concerns — yet they often bring a good deal of frustration. Many women with fibroids experience bothersome, and even debilitating, symptoms. With the support of a knowledgeable provider and individualized treatment, relief is possible.
While a fibroid diagnosis can stir up feelings of fear or concern, it’s crucial to remember they aren’t cancerous or associated with an increased risk of developing cancer in the future.
Most women will develop fibroids in her lifetime; there are more than three million cases per year in the U.S. alone. If they don’t cause pain or symptoms, you may not have been unaware of their presence and won’t necessarily need treatment.
Made of muscle and fibrous connective tissue, fibroids are benign tumors that develop on the inside, outside, or the wall of the uterus. They may be as small as a pea or as large as a melon, and it’s possible to have one or multiple growths.
Fibroids are often found between the ages of 30 and 40 or during the first trimester of pregnancy. In some cases, they can affect pregnancy or fertility, so it’s crucial to partner with your provider to find the most appropriate care.
All women of reproductive age can develop fibroids, but there’s evidence showing a variety of factors may affect risk levels:
Not all women experience the same symptoms; discuss any and all troublesome symptoms with your provider.
Your provider’s recommendations — including whether you’ll need treatment at all — will depend on the severity of your symptoms, the location and size of the tumors, your age, as well as your plans to have children.
We believe each woman is unique — and her care should be too. When you connect with an Axia Women’s Health provider, you’ll gain a partner to help you explore your symptoms and access the specialized and compassionate care you deserve.