Uterine fibroids are benign (non-cancerous) growths that form inside, outside or in the wall of the uterus. They are most often seen in women between the ages of 30-40, but can occur at any age. Uterine fibroids are the most common form of benign tumor in women and indication for hysterectomies. In one study of women in the United States, researchers found that 70% to 80% of women had uterine fibroids by the age of 50 (Baird DD, et al, AJOG, 2003 Jan;188(1):100-7).
Many women with uterine fibroids do not experience any symptoms. Some common symptoms associated with uterine fibroids are pelvic pain, reproductive problems, and severe bleeding that can lead to anemia.