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Uterine Fibroids Causes & Risks


The cause of fibroids is unknown. Genes and changes in substances that control blood vessel growth may make some women prone to fibroids. Female reproductive hormones stimulate fibroid growth. Fibroids grow larger during pregnancy then shrink after childbirth. Fibroids become less of a problem after menopause . However, symptoms may return with hormone replacement therapy .

Risk Factors

These risk factors increase your chance of developing fibroids:

  • Sex: female
  • Age: 13-50 years old (childbearing age)
  • Race: Black

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2023 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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