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Question: uterine fibriods

 megjr1986 - Wed Apr 20, 2005 10:36 am

are they genetic? my mom has them, will i? my grandma, too.
 Rhonda P, CEP - Fri Apr 22, 2005 10:47 am

User avatar Hello Megan,

Uterine fibroids are very common in women of childbearing age and the cause for them exactly is unknown. They can be little tiny or bigger than a grapefruit, some women don’t even know they have them. A lot of research is still being done on fibroids but they know that they grow in women of childbearing age, African American woman are more likely to get them than women of other racial groups, women who are overweight have a higher risk of getting them and women who have given birth seem to have a lesser risk of getting them.

Some women don’t know they have them, others feel lower back pain, the need to urinate often, pain during intercourse, have [b]reproductive problems, pregnancy problem possibilities, bleeding between periods, heavy or painful periods and the feeling of fullness in the pelvic area or lower abdomen.

Researchers think that fibroids have many causes such as estrogen levels, genetics, environmental or a combination of all three but it is on theory. The real causes are unknown at this time, they don’t know what causes them to shrink or grow but they do know that most of the time they are benign (non-cancerous) and they usually shrink or stop growing after menopause. If they don’t shrink or they start causing problems you may need to discus having it removed. Talk to your Physician on a regular basis about it.

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