What causes a myoma (fibroid)?
The cause of fibroids is not known; however, their development seems to be associated with the female hormone, estrogen. Fibroids appear during the childbearing years when a woman’s estrogen levels are high.
What are the risk factors for a myoma (fibroid)?
A number of factors increase the risk of developing a fibroid. Not all people with risk factors will develop a fibroid. Risk factors include:
- African American ethnicity
- Early onset of menses
- High weight or obesity
- No history of giving birth
What is a myoma (fibroid)?
A myoma, commonly known as a fibroid, is a benign (noncancerous) tumor
that develops in or around the uterus. Fibroids are medically known as
leiomyomas and are tumors of the smooth muscle, the tissue that normally
makes up that wall of the uterus.
Fibroids are a common condition that affects approximately 20% of childbearing women. African Americans are more likely than Cauca... Read more about myoma (fibroid)introduction
What are the symptoms of a myoma (fibroid)?
Fibroids may not produce symptoms. In other cases they may cause abnormal bleeding or discomfort. The symptoms can vary in intensity among individuals.
Common symptoms of fibroidsYou may experience fibroid symptoms daily or only occasionally. Any of these symptoms can be severe:
- Abdominal, pelvic, or Read more about myoma (fibroid)symptoms
How is a myoma (fibroid) treated?
Treatment for fibroids begins with seeking medical care from your health care provider. To determine whether you have fibroids, your health care provider will ask you to undergo diagnostic testing.
Some women with fibroids never have any symptoms. When symptoms do occur, however, you may be asked to undergo a pelvic examination and an Read more about myoma (fibroid)treatments