Facts and figures about fibroids

Fibroids are benign (non-cancerous) growths that can develop in the walls of your womb (uterus). These growths are made up of muscle and fibrous tissue, can vary in size and can be single or multiple. Let’s take a look at some facts and figures about those who might be affected by fibroids…

1. It is estimated that between two and four in every ten women have, or will develop fibroids at some point in their lives.

2. Fibroids are the most common condition affecting the female reproductive system in the UK. Mostly, fibroids do not cause any, or only minor, symptoms and no treatment is required.

3. In some cases fibroids can cause severe symptoms, which cause a damaging impact on your quality of life. The many different symptoms relating to fibroids means they can be hard to diagnose and many women do not seek help early enough.

4. The exact cause of fibroids is still unknown. However, they have been linked to the female reproductive hormone oestrogen, which is produced by the ovaries.

5. Fibroids usually develop during a woman’s reproductive years (approximately 16 to 50 years of age) when oestrogen levels are at their highest

6. They tend to shrink when oestrogen levels are low, such as after menopause.

7. Women who are overweight or obese may be at a higher risk of fibroids, as being overweight increases the amount of oestrogen produced by the body.

8. Fibroids are also found to develop more commonly in African-Caribbean populations, although reasons for this are not clearly understood by scientists.

This article is intended to inform and give insight but not treat, diagnose or replace the advice of a doctor. Always seek medical advice with any questions regarding a medical condition.

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