FACT SHEET covering top issues on fibroids
- 1Fibroids are a hormone dependent tumor – both estrogen and progesterone is necessary for the fibroid to grow
- 2Women may begin to develop fibroids as young as the early twenties
- 3Fibroids may cause reproductive problems
- 4Some fibroids grow in multiple numbers they often look like a single fibroid due to their tendency to grow in a cluster
- 5The most common symptom of fibroids is abnormal periods
When Do Fibroids Usually Occur?
Fibroids can begin to develop as young as the early twenties; however they most commonly affect women in their thirties and forties. They generally occur in 1 in 1000 pre-menopausal women, although the risk rises to 1 in 100 for women diagnosed with rapidly growing fibroids after menopause. It is estimated that 20-50% of women has, or will have, fibroids at some time in their lives.
According to their location, fibroids could be named intramural if it is in the muscle wall of the uterus, or subserosal if it is on the outside of the uterus. If the tumor is in the endometrial cavity or protruding into the cavity they are called intracavitary or submucosal fibroids. Sometimes they have a thin neck or connection which we call stalk; these types of fibroids are called pedunculated fibroids.