Fibroids News

Uterine fibroids are a non-cancerous tumor that grows in and around the walls of the uterus. In some cases, fibroids are present without symptoms and require no special treatment. Other times, however, they can cause harmful symptoms and lead to unwanted complications. In women of child-bearing age, uterine fibroids are the most common form of non-cancerous tumors.

Causes

No one knows exactly what causes fibroids, but researchers believe that hormones, including estrogen and progesterone levels, play a role in their development. There also appears to be a genetic component to the condition. Women who are overweight, eat a lot of red meat or ham or are of African-American descent also are more apt to develop fibroids. The risk for fibroids goes up as a woman enters her 30s, 40s and 50s, but it declines after menopause.

Symptoms

Most fibroids do not present symptoms, but when they do, they can cause back pain or pain during intercourse. Other symptoms of fibroids include heavy bleeding during periods or a feeling of fullness or swelling in the abdominal area. Frequent urination is another common symptom that is sometimes related to uterine fibroids. In some cases, they can cause complications to pregnancy and labor, including a greater risk for a cesarean section. In rare instances, they can cause infertility.

Treatment

Many fibroids do not require treatment, especially if they don’t cause symptoms, and fibroids that cause mild symptoms can often be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. In addition, birth control pills are often prescribed to regulate hormones and control the growth of fibroids. There are also drugs, called gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists, that can help shrink some fibroid tumors. For more severe fibroids, surgery may be an option.

SOURCES: U.S. Office on Women's Health; U.S. National Library of Medicine

Date Posted
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3/6/2017
Less-Invasive Fibroid Treatment May Be 'Under-Used'

But embolization might not be suitable for every woman, specialist says

8/23/2016
Use of Cancer-Linked Fibroid Device Declines After FDA Warning

Rate of uterus removals done with power morcellators dropped significantly, study finds

4/7/2016
FDA OKs 'Containment' Bag for Certain Uterine Surgeries

But most women aren't candidates for morcellation procedure because of cancer risk, agency says

4/4/2016
Women's Sex Lives Get a Boost After Non-Surgical Fibroid Treatment

Doctors say women need to know about this less-invasive option, although it's not suitable for all

12/18/2015
Hormones Tied to Uterine Fibroid Risk in Study

High levels of testosterone, estrogen in middle age linked to raised odds of benign tumors in uterus

12/8/2015
Doctors Rally in Support of Fibroid Device Curbed by FDA

Agency overstated odds of power morcellator spreading cancer, review group says

2/19/2015
Low Cancer Risk With Device Used to Remove Fibroids, Study Finds

Researchers call the findings 'reassuring,' but FDA warnings remain for older women

7/22/2014
Technique Used in Some Hysterectomies May Help Spread Cancer: Study

Cutting uterus into smaller fragments for minimally invasive removal can disperse undetected malignancy

10/10/2013
Uterine Fibroids Take Heavy Toll on Women, Survey Finds

But many delay seeing doctor for years because of concerns about treatments

4/17/2013
Vitamin D May Help Prevent Uterine Fibroids

Women with adequate levels of the nutrient less likely to get the noncancerous growths, study shows

1/30/2013
Childhood Abuse May Be Tied to Uterine Fibroids: Study

They are the most common type of benign tumor in women of childbearing age

10/4/2012
Scientists Uncover Genetic Link for Uterine Fibroids

The tumors affect three-fourths of women of childbearing age

2/2/2012
'Morning-After' Pill May Be New Option to Treat Painful Fibroids

Study found it shrank fibroids, reduced excessive bleeding

12/20/2011
Uterine Fibroids Cost Billions in U.S. Health Care, Lost Work: Report

Common women's condition takes up to $35 billion toll each year

8/26/2011
Gene Mutations Identified in Uterine Fibroids

Research sheds light on why these painful noncancerous tumors affect so many women

7/1/2010
Drug May Shrink Fibroids, Preserve Fertility

'Morning after' pill shows early promise as treatment for non-cancerous uterine tumors, study says

3/16/2010
A New Way to Zap Away Uterine Fibroids

High-energy ultrasound waves avoid surgery by destroying the benign tumors

2/7/2010
Fibroids May Raise Risk of Stillbirth

Monitoring fetal growth in women with these tumors advisable, study says

1/27/2010
Green Tea May Help Treat Uterine Fibroids

Human trials will begin soon, researchers say

12/17/2009
2/24/2009
Gene Variant Raises Risk of Uterine Fibroids

Mutation discovered more common in white women, but different genes might raise risk in black women

2/27/2008
Satisfaction After Fibroid Embolization Similar to Hysterectomy

Study finds the first is less invasive, has faster recovery

8/9/2007
New Uterine Fibroid Treatment Shows Promise

Ultrasound technique disrupts growths' blood supply

6/20/2007
Baby Boom Women Confronting Pelvic Health Conditions

And many aren't aware of newer treatments for problems such as uterine fibroids, heavy bleeding, report says

5/30/2007
Focused Ultrasound Eases Fibroid Symptoms

All women in the study showed significant symptom relief three months after treatment

1/24/2007
Embolization for Fibroids Leads to Faster Recovery

But, quality of life for women similar to surgery after one year, study finds

11/21/2005
MRI Improves Uterine Fibroid Treatment

Scan gives doctors and patients a clearer look at the problem, study finds

4/1/2005
Nonsurgical Technique Effective Against Fibroids

Treatment avoids surgery, preserves uterus

4/22/2004
Small Fibroids May Increase Miscarriage Risk

Benign uterine tumors boost chances of pregnancy loss by 55%, pilot study found

3/26/2004
Embolization Bests Surgery for Fibroid Treatment

Procedure offers shorter hospital stay and faster recovery, study finds

5/6/2003
Radiological Procedures Ease Pain of Fibroids

Treatment doesn't cause infertility or premature menopause either, research says

4/26/2003
Hysterectomy: A Surgery Many Women May Not Need

Campaign seeks to focus attention on other treatments

10/31/2002
New Procedure to Remove Fibroids Poses Pregnancy Risks, Study Says

Critic says research was based on flawed approach

7/26/2002
Genes Linked to Uterine Fibroids

Three are passed from father to daughter, researchers say

4/22/2002
Treating Fibroids a New Way

Holistic approach works for some

4/8/2002
New Treatment for Uterine Fibroids a Success

Study finds embolization as safe and effective as hysterectomy

2/24/2002
Defective Gene Tied to Uterine Fibroids

Discovery raises hope of new therapies for painful condition

1/31/2002
U.S. Hysterectomy Rates Still High

New Zealand research group finds unnecessary operations still the bulk of them