What are fibroids?

Fibroids are benign (non-cancerous) growths found in the uterus. Many women are affected without being aware of it as they may not experience any symptoms. If fibroids occur at an awkward position in the uterine cavity or are quite large, they may however cause symptoms and should then be treated.  

Fibroids are growths occurring in the muscles of the womb. They are made up of smooth muscle fibre and connective tissue.

One in five women suffers from fibroids. If you are a woman aged between 30 and 50, it is very likely that you or your friends have this problem.

The growth of fibroids is associated with the female reproductive hormone oestrogen. This is why it almost always affects women of child-bearing age. Uterine fibroids which cause symptoms are not often diagnosed in women under the age of 25. Fibroids accompanied by symptoms typically occur between the ages of 35 to 50. They affect between 70 and 80 percent of all women up to the age of 50. Uterine fibroids are the most common reason for removal of the uterus (hysterectomy) in women of child-bearing age. After the menopause fibroids often shrink in size.