|CRDAMC Homepage | CRDAMC Library Phone #: (254) 288-8366 | CRDAMC Library Fax #: (254) 288-8368|
Risk Factors for Uterine Fibroids
by Ricker Polsdorfer, MD
A risk factor is something that increases your likelihood of getting a disease or condition.
It is possible to develop uterine fibroids with or without the risk factors listed below. However, the more risk factors you have, the greater your likelihood of developing fibroids. If you have a number of risk factors, ask your doctor what you can do to reduce your risk.
Black women tend to have more and larger fibroids at an earlier age. Asian women may have a lower risk.
Women who are overweight or obese are also at a slightly higher risk for fibroids.
Gene Mutation TOP
There may also be a genetic link in the development of fibroids.
Women who have given birth appear to be at lower risk for uterine fibroids.
Risk factors. The National Uterine Fibroids Foundation website. Available at:
...(Click grey area to select URL)
Accessed August 16, 2012.
Uterine leiomyoma. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T115612/Uterine-leiomyoma. Updated April 15, 2016. Accessed October 4, 2016.
Last reviewed December 2014 by Andrea Chisholm, MD
Last Updated: 12/20/2014
EBSCO Information Services is fully accredited by URAC. URAC is an independent, nonprofit health care accrediting organization dedicated to promoting health care quality through accreditation, certification and commendation.
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.
To send comments or feedback to our Editorial Team regarding the content please email us at email@example.com. Our Health Library Support team will respond to your email request within 2 business days.