How Common Are Uterine Fibroids?
Reference Uterine fibroids Opens New Window are noncancerous growths in the uterus. They are the most common type of solid tumor that can grow in the pelvis. Fibroids affect 20 to 50 out of 100 reproductive-aged women.Reference 1
Most women with fibroids do not have symptoms. For those who do, symptoms can range from mild to severe. Symptoms depend on how large a fibroid is, where it is, and whether it is bleeding or pressing on an internal organ.
Uterine fibroids are more common:
- Among black women than white women.
- As women age, especially from their 30s and 40s until Reference menopause Opens New Window, usually at about age 50.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: June 23, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Divya Gupta, MD