Uterine fibroids are the most common pelvic tumor in women, affecting 70-80% of women by age 50. Fibroids are benign (non-cancerous) tumors arising from the smooth muscle cells of the uterus. They primarily affect reproductive-age women, and when symptomatic, typically result in symptoms of abnormal uterine bleeding and/or pelvic pain, pelvic pressure, and painful intercourse. Uterine fibroids may also have reproductive effects causing infertility and adverse pregnancy outcomes. The majority of fibroids, also called myomas, are small and asymptomatic; but many women with fibroids have significant problems that interfere with their quality of life and warrant therapy.

Our Fibroid Care Clinic offers individualized medical and surgical management (including myomectomy and hysterectomy) for management of fibroids.

5 Things
We Want You
To Know
About Fibroids

  • Fibroids are benign, with rates of cancer less than 1%
  • Fibroids are common: 70% of white women and 80% of black women have them
  • Fibroids are the most common reason for heavy bleeding
  • Fibroids grow in response to hormones (estrogen/progesterone) and shrink in the absence of hormones
  • If you have heavy periods, pressure, frequent urination, pain with intercourse or pregnancy loss, you may have fibroids.

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