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What is the likelyhood I will get uterine fibroids since it's in my genetics?

By Anonymous June 24, 2014 - 7:21pm
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My mother had uterine fibroids and had a hysterectomy to get them removed. I can remember her always being in pain from them.

Since it's in my genetics, how likely am I to get these? I've never had a bad period and usually consider mine to be on the easy side. What are the symptoms related to fibroids?

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Hello Anonymous,

Uterine fibroids, also called leiomyomas, are non cancerous growths of the uterus. There is no increased risk of uterine cancer associated with them. They develop from the smooth muscular tissue of the uterus. A single cell divides repeatedly. Eventually, a firm, rubbery mass is created. The growth pattern varies, from slow to rapid. Fibroids range in size from seedlings not detectable by the human eye to bulky masses that can distort and enlarge the uterus.

The most common symptoms of a uterine fibroid include:

Heavy menstrual bleeding
Prolonged menstrual periods — seven days or more of menstrual bleeding
Pelvic pressure or pain
Frequent urination
Difficulty emptying your bladder

Anonymous, you have cause to be concerned. There is evidence that fibroids run in families. Since your mother had fibroids, you are at increased risk of developing them.

Estrogen and progesterone appear to promote the growth of fibroids. Fibroids tend to shrink after menopause due to a decrease in hormone production.


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