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Fibroids are muscular tumors that grow in the walls of the uterus. Fibroids are almost always non-cancerous but can present many painful symptoms such as heavy and prolonged menstrual bleeding, abdominal cramps, frequent urination, pelvic pain and pressure, tiredness and fatigue caused by anemia due to heavy bleeding. Any women can develop uterine fibroids but there are certain risk factors that contribute to the development of this condition. According to Mayo Clinic genetic changes; many fibroids contain genes that differ from those in normal uterine muscle cells, hormones; estrogen and progesterone, two hormones that stimulate development of the uterine lining during each menstrual cycle in preparation of pregnancy, appear to promote the growth of fibroids, growth factors; substances that help the body maintain tissues, such as insulin-like growth factor, may affect fibroid growth. As far as the risk factors are concerned all women of child bearing age are at risk of developing uterine fibroids, but there are certain factors that can contribute to fibroid development. Age: According to Woman’s Health fibroids affect at least 20% of all women at some point in their life. But the women of reproductive age are the most likely to develop them, According to National Institutes of Health, NIH, obese women are a higher risk of developing uterine fibroids. At USA Fibroid Centers we follow the gold standard in fibroid care. Our interventional radiologists use the most minimally invasive, non-surgical yet highly effective treatment for fibroids- Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE). The procedure is performed at one of our fibroid center locations most convenient for you and the patient can go home after a short recovery. All treatments at USA Fibroid Centers are covered by insurance plans.

If you are women of child bearing age or consider yourself to be in the risk category for developing fibroids call (855) 667 4247