Uterine fibroids are medically known as leiomyomata and are usually benign growths or tumors that occur in the uterus.
Fibroids typically affect women who are 25 years and older and are known to run in families. They are more common in women who have mothers with fibroids. African American and Hispanic women are often affected.
There are many common symptoms of fibroids, but the most common are heavy bleeding, longer days of bleeding and passage of clots.
Other common symptoms include:
Pelvic and back pain
Distended abdomen and bloating
Uterine fibroids can be easily diagnosed with an ultrasound. Additional diagnostic exams include an MRI to evaluate the uterus and other surrounding pelvic structures.