Fibroids are growths of muscle tissue that form inside the uterus. Nearly all fibroids are benign (non-cancerous), and they can range in size from under an inch to as large as a cantaloupe.
The underlying cause of fibroid formation has not been definitely proven, but medical studies suggest hormonal fluctuations play a very big role. Fibroids form and grow during the childbearing years, with growth almost always halting once menopause arrives. Women who have a family history of uterine fibroids are also more likely to have fibroids themselves.
Many small fibroids cause no symptoms and are only discovered when an examination is performed for some other reason, such as difficulty becoming pregnant. Symptoms fibroids can cause symptoms such as:
Uterine fibroids that are small and not causing any symptoms or interfering with pregnancy may simply be monitored for the time being. For symptomatic fibroids, there are several treatment approaches that can be considered:
Yes, fibroids may recur after they’ve been treated. The chances of a fibroid recurrence after it’s been treated depend on the method used to remove them and other factors.
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