What are fibroids?

Fibroids are non cancerous growths. When they occur in the uterus they are well circumscribed tumours arising from the smooth muscle layer (Myometrium) of the uterus. Other names for these tumours include:

  • leiomyoma
  • fibromyomas
  • fibromas
  • myofibromas
  • myomas
    • Uterine fibroids are the most common tumour in women during the reproductive years, occurring in an estimated 20-50% of women over the age of 30 years. They are more common in certain ethnic populations, especially the Afro-Caribbean. They can be found in up to half of all women undergoing a post mortem examination.

      Fibroids can cause heavy bleeding, pelvic pressure and pain in the abdomen. They can also sometimes make it difficult for a woman to carry a pregnancy to term. Symptoms may vary depending on the location of the fibroid in the uterus.