Last Updated: June 8, 2019

Definition - What does Fibroid mean?

Fibroids are non-cancerous growths which occur in the uterus. While many fibroids do not cause problems, some can interfere with fertility by blocking passage of sperm into the uterus, blocking eggs from leaving the fallopian tube, or interfering with pregnancy.

FertilitySmarts explains Fibroid

Common symptoms of fibroids include heavy bleeding, pain in the pelvis and/or lower back, increases in menstrual pain over usual levels, increased urination, painful sex, and pressure or fullness in the lower abdomen.

If fibroids are suspected due to pain, bleeding, or fertility issues, doctors may recommend ultrasound, MRI, or hysteroscopy.

Fibroids that are causing problems may be treated using medications that change the body's hormone levels or with surgery, including surgical procedures that do not require an incision, such as hysteroscopy or forced ultrasound surgery (FUS).

It is thought that most women have uterine fibroids by the time they are 50, but most do not know that they have them because they cause no noticeable problems.

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