What are uterine fibroids?
Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous growths that come from the muscle layer of the uterus. Also known as myomas or leiomyomas, fibroids can occur at any age although they are commonly found in women from 30 – 50 years old. Fibroids can be single or multiple, have varying shapes and can be located inside the uterine cavity (submucous), within the muscle wall of the uterus (intramural), or on the outer surface of the uterus (subserous). They continue to grow at varying sizes throughout the reproductive years and will typically start to shrink only once a woman reaches menopause.