Uterine Fibroids

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Uterine Fibroids

How common are uterine fibroids?

Three out of four women will develop uterine fibroids during their childbearing years. These benign growths can develop on the inside or outer part of the uterus. Fibroid development is triggered by hormones produced by the female reproductive system.

Size variation

The variation in size ranges—from extremely small you cannot even see them, to so large that they can increase the size of the uterus. The growth rate of fibroids can vary as well. Some may grow rapidly while others grow very slowly, and some may not grow at all. Symptoms of uterine fibroids may vary as well.

Symptoms

Symptoms include heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic pressure, increased urination, anemia (due to blood loss), leg or back pain, and even constipation.  Size and location of the fibroid can dictate the signs and severity of the symptoms.

Risk factors

Uterine fibroids do not increase the chances of developing uterine cancer, and they rarely develop into cancerous growths. They do however range in size and quantity. Risk factors such as heredity, race, the onset of early menstruation, and even diet can significantly increase the chances of uterine fibroid development. Fibroids do not typically interfere with pregnancy, but there is that possibility depending upon the location of the fibroid. Fibroids, which are hormone-based, often shrink after menopause.

Active studies at Mount Vernon Clinical Research

Mount Vernon Clinical Research frequently participates in studies involving investigational medication for uterine fibroids. Read more about our enrolling studies here.

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