Fibroids are noncancerous growths in the wall of the uterus (womb). They are common. Fibroids may be as small as a seed or as large as a melon. A person may have one or many. Most fibroids stay inside the uterus. Others may stick out and affect nearby organs.
The cause of this problem is not known. Genetics may play a role.
Fibroid growth is stimulated by estrogen and progesterone hormones. This causes fibroids to grow during pregnancy and shrink after childbirth. It also causes them to become less of a problem after
The risk of fibroids increases in women until the start of menopause. Other things that may raise the risk are:
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