[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Fibroids, (also known as uterine fibroids, uterine leiomyomas or uterine myomata) are small, non-cancerous growths, which occur within the uterus. They can vary in size from microscopic and quite unnoticeable to large growths that can put cause pressure and pain. Fibroids can grow within the muscles of the uterus, on the outside of the uterus, within the uterine cavity or on rare occasions may growth within the cervix.

  • Myometrial fibroids
    • Grow within the muscle wall of the uterus (myometrium)
  • Extra-uterine fibroids
    • These are attached to the outside surface of the uterus
  • Intra-uterine fibroids
    • These are attached to the inside of the uterine wall

Fibroids generally appear after puberty within a woman’s childbearing years when estrogen levels are high and commonly reduce after menopause. Although the cause is unknown, we do know that their growth is dependent on estrogen. Factors that may increase the risk of fibroid development include

  • Estrogen dominance
  • Early menarche/puberty
  • Few or no pregnancies
  • Long follicular phase menstrual cycle
  • Hormone replacement therapy