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    1. Uterine Fibroids - Medications

      Medicine can be used to help relieve uterine fibroid problems.

    2. Uterine Fibroids - What Happens

      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.

    3. Uterine Fibroids - Cause

      The exact cause of uterine fibroids is not known. Fibroids begin when cells overgrow in the muscular wall of the uterus.

    4. Uterine Fibroids - Symptoms

      Uterine fibroid symptoms can develop slowly over several years or rapidly over several months. Most women with uterine fibroids have mild symptoms or none at all and never need treatment. For some women, uterine fibroid symptoms become a problem.

    5. Uterine Fibroids - What Increases Your Risk

      There are different factors that increase a woman's risk of developing uterine fibroids.

    6. Uterine Fibroids - Surgery

      To treat uterine fibroids, surgery can be used to remove fibroids only (myomectomy) or to remove the entire uterus (hysterectomy).

    7. Uterine Fibroids - Other Treatment

      Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is a recent addition to the list of uterine fibroid treatment options. It is a nonsurgical alternative to hysterectomy or myomectomy.

    8. Uterine Fibroids - Treatment Overview

      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.

    9. Uterine Fibroids - Prevention

      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.

    10. Uterine Fibroids - Exams and Tests

      If your health professional suspects that you have a uterine fibroid problem, certain tests will be ordered to confirm the diagnosis.

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