Uterine Fibroids - What Increases Your Risk

Things that increase a woman's risk for uterine fibroids include:

  • Age. Fibroids become more common as women age, especially from the 30s and 40s through menopause. After menopause, fibroids usually shrink.
  • Family history. Having a family member with fibroids increases your risk.
  • Ethnic origin. Black women are more likely to develop fibroids than white women.
  • Obesity.
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