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What do you know about Uterine Fibroids?

Updated: Sep 4, 2021

Uterine fibroids are the most common benign pelvic tumours in women.

They are present in up to 8 out of 10 women by the age of 50.

Heavy menstrual bleeding (HMB), the most common symptom, occurs in about 30% of patients and can result in life threatening anaemia (1,2).

Painful and excessive uterine bleeding, interferes with all aspects of everyday life and self-image, resulting in symptoms of distress, feeling helpless, anxiety, depression and lack of support. (1). Women of colour are affected more severely(1). For many women, lack of awareness regarding Uterine fibroids may lead to them living with the condition chronically without seeking care (1).

Uterine fibroids (also known as uterine myomas or leiomyomas) affect a wide cross-section of the population, with prevalence, symptom severity, and overall disease burden generally higher among women of colour (1,2). Uterine fibroids (UF) are benign, monoclonal, uterine smooth muscle tumours believed to arise from a single fibroid stem cell within the myometrium

Symptoms of uterine fibroids – Bleeding and pain