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What causes uterine fibroids?

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Experts don’t know exactly why you get fibroids. Hormones and genetics might make you more likely to get them.

Estrogen and progesterone are the hormones that make the lining of your uterus thicken every month during your period. They also seem to affect fibroid growth. When hormone production slows down during menopause, fibroids usually shrink.

Also, researchers have found genetic differences between fibroids and normal cells in the uterus.

SOURCES:

WomensHealth.gov: “Uterine fibroids fact sheet.”

Mayo Clinic: “Uterine fibroids -- Overview,” “Uterine fibroids -- symptoms and causes.”

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Hysterosalpingography.”

UCLA Health: “Fibroids: Symptoms, Treatment, Diagnosis.”

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition : “Dietary glycemic index and load in relation to risk of uterine leiomyomata in the Black Women's Health Study.”

Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research: “Vegetarian diet and reduced uterine fibroids risk: A case-control study in Nanjing, China.”

Health System - University of Michigan: “Uterine Fibroids.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on November 10, 2018

SOURCES:

WomensHealth.gov: “Uterine fibroids fact sheet.”

Mayo Clinic: “Uterine fibroids -- Overview,” “Uterine fibroids -- symptoms and causes.”

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Hysterosalpingography.”

UCLA Health: “Fibroids: Symptoms, Treatment, Diagnosis.”

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition : “Dietary glycemic index and load in relation to risk of uterine leiomyomata in the Black Women's Health Study.”

Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research: “Vegetarian diet and reduced uterine fibroids risk: A case-control study in Nanjing, China.”

Health System - University of Michigan: “Uterine Fibroids.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on November 10, 2018

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