Fibroids are benign, non-cancerous growths in or on the walls of the uterus, or womb.
They can range from less than an inch around to more than six inches. African-American women and those with a family history are more likely to develop fibroids.
Most fibroids cause no symptoms, and are only discovered when a woman has a routine pelvic examination. If you do experience fibroid symptoms, they may include:
Heavy, prolonged monthly periods, sometimes with clots
Fatigue, secondary to a low blood count
Pain or pressure between the hip bones or in the back of the legs
Pain during sexual intercourse
Frequent need to urinate
Constipation or bloating
An enlarged belly