Uterine fibroids are so common that up to three out of four women will develop them at some point during their life. So, if uterine fibroids are so common, how come many women don’t know about them? At University Park Obstetrics and Gynecology, we believe that the more information you have about your health and your body, the better. That’s why our Sarasota obstetrics clinic has come up with this guide on uterine fibroids:
What exactly are uterine fibroids?
Uterine fibroids are benign muscular tumors that often start to appear in the wall of a uterus during a woman’s child bearing years. Fibroids are never cancerous, and they hardly ever develop into cancer and aren’t associated with a high risk of uterine cancer. Uterine fibroids can vary in size and in growth rates. In most cases, fibroids will remain small, but some can grow so large that they can start to enlarge the uterus. Most women that get fibroids present no symptoms and are completely unaware of them, and often the only way to tell if you have fibroids is with a prenatal ultrasound or pelvic exam.
What causes uterine fibroids to form?
Researchers have yet to find out what exactly causes uterine fibroids, but may have associated their growth with the female hormone, estrogen. Uterine fibroids don’t normally start to develop until puberty has ended, usually in a woman’s thirties, and they start to shrink or disappear altogether once a woman has reached menopause, when estrogen levels start to drop.
Now that you know what uterine fibroids are and what may cause them, it is time to learn about symptoms of uterine fibroids and when to consult a doctor. Please stay tuned for our next blog to learn more.