You may have gone to your gynecologist with “woman problems” and learned that you have uterine fibroids.  Fibroids are muscular tumors that grow in the wall of the uterus and can cause some significant discomfort and other medical issues.  These fibroids are almost always benign, meaning that they are not cancerous.  They can grow as a single tumor or they can be many of them in the uterus.  Some women have them small as an apple seed while others suffer with tumors that grown as large as a grapefruit and even larger.

Fibriod Risk Factors

By the time a woman reaches age 50 between 20 and 80% of them will have developed fibroids.  The variation in statistics are a result of reporting practices and estimations of the number of women who may have fibroids but which go unreported because they have minimal to no symptoms.

Certain factors will increase a woman’s risk of developing fibroids, such as her age, family history, ethnic origin, obesity and eating habits.  As a woman ages, her risks increase, having a family member with fibroids increases the risk, African-American women are more likely to develop them than white women, women who are over weight are at higher risk and women who eat a lot of red meat and pork are at higher risk….. Read the rest of this entry