5 Factors That Put You At Greater Risk For Fibroids

Uterine fibroids are benign uterine tumors. They can grow inside your uterus, on the outside of your uterus, or within your uterine wall. Sometimes fibroids even attach to your uterus by a stalk, or stem. They can grow to be so large they change the shape and appearance of your uterus, mimicking early pregnancy. Or they can be so minuscule they’re barely noticeable to even the trained eye.

OB/GYN Dr. Jehuda Renan diagnoses and treats uterine fibroids and can customize treatment to address your specific needs. He shares this primer on fibroids and what factors may increase your risk for developing them.

Symptoms of fibroids

Fibroids are most common among women of childbearing age, typically in the 30s and 40s. While fibroids aren’t cancerous, nor do they make you more predisposed to the disease, they do create pain and other symptoms that can be bothersome.

The symptoms of uterine fibroids may include:

On the other hand, some women are asymptomatic, meaning they don’t experience any symptoms whatsoever. In fact, some women don’t discover they have fibroids until they’re being seen for another gynecological issue.

The cause of uterine fibroids remains unclear

The cause of uterine fibroids isn’t clear, but certain factors are suspect. Fibroids tend to grow when a woman produces the hormones estrogen and progesterone. When you enter menopause and the production of these hormones begins to wane, the fibroids tend to shrink significantly. There are other circumstances that can encourage fibroids to grow, such as growth hormones, an overabundance of iron in the blood, and stress.

Risk factors

Doctors have been able to pinpoint several risk factors that make a woman more prone to developing uterine fibroids. In addition to being in your childbearing years, your risk for developing fibroids goes up with these 5 factors:

Your lifestyle can also have an impact on your risk for developing fibroids. Diets that are high in sugar and low in fiber can raise your risk for fibroids, and so can excessive alcohol consumption. Women who are sedentary have an increased risk as well.

Treatment for fibroids

Depending on the size of your fibroids, and the symptoms you’re experiencing, Dr. Renan may suggest monitoring the growth, prescribe medication to slow the development of the fibroids, or schedule a surgical treatment.

If you’re at an increased risk for developing fibroids, or if you have any of the symptoms, contact our office in Tarzana, California. Call to schedule a visit with Dr. Renan or click the “request appointment” button while you’re here on the website.

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