Uterine Fibroids

Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous growths in and around the uterus that cause heavy and irregular menstrual bleeding, anemia, and pelvic pain. Fibroids are one of the most common gynecologic conditions, affecting an estimated 26 million women, ages 15 to 50, in the United States. Despite their pervasiveness, fibroids statistics are underestimated because many women go undiagnosed or may not seek medical care for their symptoms.

Understanding what uterine fibroids are, knowing what to look out for, and being equipped to talk to your medical provider about your symptoms and health concerns are all important elements in empowering women to take charge of their gynecologic health.

Urology is part of the SWHR Gynecologic Health Network, which engages the following focus areas: Endometriosis, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Urology, and Uterine Fibroids.

Program Goals

  • Address the impact of uterine fibroids on women’s health across the lifespan, especially disease disparities and stigma experienced by women living with fibroids
  • Develop materials to expand education and raise awareness about uterine fibroids
  • Promote science-based health care policies around uterine fibroids to improve patient outcomes
  • Participate in outreach opportunities to engage women, health care providers, and policy leaders in discussions to improve care for women living with fibroids

Facts about Uterine Fibroids

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15 million

women experience fibroid-related symptoms or health concerns in the United States

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80% of Black women & 70% of white women

will develop fibroids by age 50

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3.6 years

is the average delay before women seek treatment for uterine fibroids

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