Fibroids and polyps are usually non-cancerous growths that form in or on the uterine wall. They are quite common, with nearly 80% of women developing one or more growths within their lifetime. The majority of growths will go unnoticed because they do not show signs or symptoms. However, some become symptomatic and may lead to:
- Excessive uterine bleeding
- Painful and prolonged menstrual periods
- Vaginal bleeding after menopause
- Difficulty with urination and constipation
- Pressure in the pelvic area
- Fullness or pressure in the belly
- Lower back and leg pain
- Pain during sex
- Difficulty in getting pregnant
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, consult with your doctor.
What are Uterine Fibroids & Polyps?
What causes fibroids?
What is the prevalence of fibroids?
- Fibroids affect approximately 25 million women in the United States.
- About 6 million women in the U.S. are symptomatic enough to see a doctor
- 20% to 40% of women aged 35+ have uterine fibroids of
- African American women are 3-5x more likely to have fibroids than white, Asian or Hispanic women