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Uterine Fibroids - Cause

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

After a fibroid develops, the hormones estrogen and progesterone appear to influence its growth. A woman's body produces the highest levels of these hormones during her childbearing years. After menopause, when hormone levels decline, fibroids usually shrink or disappear.

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Understanding Uterine Fibroids -- Symptoms

Uterine fibroids often have no symptoms. When they do, they may include: Heavy, prolonged, or irregular periods Pain in the lower abdomen or back Painful sex Urinary problems, such as urinary frequency Rectal problems, such as pain in the rectum A lump or mass felt in the abdomen  

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Last Updated: April 19, 2013
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