Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths in or on the uterus. Fibroids can grow on the inside of the uterus, within the muscle wall of the uterus, or on the outer surface of the uterus.
Many women who have uterine fibroids do not have symptoms. When symptoms are present, they are usually mild and may include:
Sometimes uterine fibroids may cause more serious problems, such as infertility, blockage of the urinary tract or bowels, or anemia.
Home treatment can usually relieve and control the mild symptoms of uterine fibroids. Medicines or surgery may sometimes be needed if uterine fibroids are causing severe symptoms or other complications.
Last Revised: June 23, 2011
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Divya Gupta, MD
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