Fibroids are growths that develop in the wall of the uterus. They can range in size from as small as an apple seed to larger than a cantaloupe. While they are the most common type of tumors of the female reproductive system, they are rarely cancerous and having them does not increase your risk for getting cancer. They occur so frequently that as many as 80 percent of women have them by their 50th birthday, according to the U.S. Office on Women's Health.
According to the Society of Interventional Radiology, fibroids usually don't cause symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they can include:
If fibroids don't cause you any problems, you may not need to treat them at all. If treatment is needed, options offered through Anne Arundel Medical Center include: