Let's talk about uterine fibroids. Uterine fibroids are a common health issue that affects many women, yet most people don't know what causes them. Here is a breakdown of what you need to know:
Uterine fibroids, also known as leiomyomas, are noncancerous growths that can develop in or on the uterus. While the exact cause of uterine fibroids is unknown, hormonal imbalances, genetics, age, and race are all factors that can contribute to their development.
Women with excess estrogen and progesterone can have an increased risk of developing uterine fibroids. These hormones can cause the uterus to grow and thicken, creating an environment for fibroids to develop.
Women with a family history of fibroids are more likely to develop them. Understanding your family history can help you monitor and address potential reproductive health issues.
Women between the ages of 30 and 50 are most at risk of developing uterine fibroids. As women approach menopause and their hormone levels change, fibroids may shrink or disappear.
Studies show that African American women are more likely to develop uterine fibroids than women of other races. Research is ongoing to understand the reasons behind this disparity.
Obesity, a diet high in red meat, and exposure to certain chemicals can also contribute to the development of uterine fibroids.
While uterine fibroids are usually noncancerous, they can cause discomfort and may require medical attention. Symptoms can include heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain, and urinary problems. If you experience these symptoms, it's important to speak with a healthcare provider. If you don’t have a healthcare provider, schedule your appointment at one of our partner locations here.
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Sources: For the most accurate and up-to-date information on this topic, consult reputable health organizations, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or the World Health Organization (WHO).
- American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. (2021). Uterine Fibroids. Retrieved from https://www.acog.org/womens-health/faqs/uterine-fibroids
- Mayo Clinic. (2021). Uterine Fibroids. Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/uterine-fibroids/symptoms-causes/syc-20354288
- National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. (2021). What are the risk factors for fibroids? Retrieved from https://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/fibroids/conditioninfo/causes/risk-factors