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Uterine fibroids are benign tumors that form on the wall of a woman's uterus. Learn more from WebMD about causes, symptoms, and treatment options.
Learn more here about uterine fibroids from the experts at WebMD.
Learn about the symptoms of uterine fibroids from the experts at WebMD.
Learn about the diagnosis and treatment of uterine fibroids from the experts at WebMD.
If your health professional suspects that you have a uterine fibroid problem, certain tests will be ordered to confirm the diagnosis.
The exact cause of uterine fibroids is not known. Fibroids begin when cells overgrow in the muscular wall of the uterus.
Myomectomy is the surgical removal of fibroids from the uterus. It allows the uterus to be left in place and preserves fertility.
Most uterine fibroids are harmless, do not cause symptoms, and shrink with menopause. However, some fibroids are painful, press on other internal organs, bleed and cause anemia, or cause pregnancy problems.
It is common for fibroids to grow back after treatment. The only treatment that absolutely prevents regrowth of fibroids is removal of the entire uterus, called hysterectomy.
Uterine fibroids can grow on the inside wall of the uterus, within the muscle wall of the uterus, or on the outer wall of the uterus. They can alter the shape of the uterus as they grow.
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