If you have any of the signs and symptoms of uterine fibroids listed below, you should make an appointment to see your doctor, as uterine fibroid treatment options are available. These options may include medications that lessen the symptoms, major surgery such as hysterectomy, which involves removal of the uterus and possibly the ovaries, and minimally invasive procedures such as uterine fibroid embolization.
Definition What are fibroids? Fibroids are the most frequently seen tumors of the female reproductive system. Fibroids, also known as uterine myomas, leiomyomas, or fibromas, are firm, compact tumors that are made of smooth muscle cells and fibrous connective tissue that develop in the uterus. It is estimated that between 20 to 50 percent of women of reproductive age have fibroids, although not all are diagnosed.