Uterine Fibroids: Overview
Uterine fibroids are tumors or growths made of fibrotic cells and other tissue that arise within the wall of the uterus. They are the most common non-cancerous tumors in women of childbearing age. Uterine fibroids can cause painful symptoms and abnormal bleeding from the uterus. This can make it difficult for a woman to get pregnant or maintain a pregnancy. NICHD scientists are exploring the causes of and treatments for fibroids—including solutions that don't involve removing the uterus—and are seeking ways to prevent fibroids from occurring altogether.
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Medical or Scientific Name
- Uterine leiomyoma (pronounced YOOterin leeohmyOHmah)
Last Updated Date: 04/03/2013
Last Reviewed Date: 04/03/2013