Uterine fibroids, also known as simply fibroids or myomas, are benign muscle tumors of the uterus. Some women have no symptoms while others may have painful or heavy periods and a number of other symptoms.
Uterine fibroids are the most common cause of hysterectomy in the country. As many as 80% of American women will develop fibroids at some point in their lives (by age 50, 70% of Caucasian and 80% of African American women will have fibroids).
What are the causes of this condition? It’s not exactly clear. But the main risks are estrogen, growth hormones, progesterone, drinking alcohol, high-estrogen diet, stress, and genetics.
There is currently no research or concrete facts proving that uterine fibroids are a genetic disease. As far as the official view of modern medicine is concerned, they are not hereditary. However, if your family members have fibroids, you should get screened at some point. Statistics show that if a mother has fibroids, her daughter has a small risk of having the condition. But even a small risk can count. Paying attention to your health at all times is very important.