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Uterine Fibroids



Uterine Fibroids

■ Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths of the uterus that often appear during childbearing years.

■ Many women who have fibroids don't have any symptoms

■ Fibroids may grow as a single tumor or in clusters



Risk Factors

■ Obesity and a higher body weight (more than 20% over the weight that's considered healthy for you).

■ Family history of fibroids.

■ Not having children.

■ Early onset of menstruation (getting your period at a young age).

■ Late age for menopause



Symptoms

■ Heavy menstrual bleeding

■ Menstrual periods lasting more than a week

■ Pelvic pressure or pain

■ Frequent urination

■ Difficulty emptying the bladder

■ Constipation

■ Backache or leg pains



Prevention Tips

■ In general, you can’t prevent fibroids. You can reduce your risk by maintaining a healthy body weight and getting regular pelvic exams. If you have small fibroids, develop a plan with your healthcare provider to monitor them.


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