growths in the uterus. They are the most common type of solid tumor that can
grow in the pelvis. Fibroids affect 20 to 50 out of 100 reproductive-aged
Most women with fibroids do
not have symptoms. For those who do, symptoms can range from mild to severe.
Symptoms depend on how large a fibroid is, where it is, and whether it is
bleeding or pressing on an internal organ.
Uterine fibroids are more common:
Practice Committee of the American Society
for Reproductive Medicine, Society of Reproductive Surgeons (2008). Myomas and
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Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
& Divya Gupta, MD
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