Fibroids are the most common benign tumors in women and originate in the muscular wall of the uterus. It is estimated that approximately 7 out of 10 women will have fibroids at some point during their lifetime. However, their prevalence is 8 to 10% between the ages of 30 and 40.
It is extremely rare for them to develop into malignant tumors that can be life-threatening to the woman who suffers from them. However, they can affect a woman’s health in other ways. Fibroids can cause abnormal and heavy vaginal bleeding; they can grow to a significant size and cause symptoms of pain and discomfort by compressing other organs in the female pelvis, such as the bladder and the intestine. Fibroids can affect the uterus in such a way that they interfere with the normal process of reproduction and the normal course of pregnancy. One in 4 women with infertility may have uterine fibroids. However, they are responsible for only 2-3% of infertility cases if other causes are excluded.