what causes uterine fibroids?
The exact cause of uterine fibroids (leiomyomas) is unclear. However, clinical research and studies have revealed that several factors may influence their formation. The main link seems to be hormones. Uterine fibroids tend to grow or shrink under the hormonal control of estrogen and progesterone. When hormone levels are high, like during pregnancy, fibroids have a tendency to increase in size. At low estrogen and progesterone levels, leiomyomas usually stop growing or shrink. This is common once a woman reaches menopause. At American Fibroid Centers, our caring team of specialists can determine the contributing factors of your fibroids so you can get the treatment you need. Contact any of our locations in New York, NY, Queens, NY, Fishkill, NY, Harlem, NY, Brooklyn, NY, and West Orange, NJ to schedule a private consultation.
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who is at risk for fibroids?
Aside from hormones, other factors can contribute to the development of uterine fibroids. These include:
- Race: Women of African American descent are usually more likely to develop fibroids than white women
- Heredity: Having a family history of fibroids
- Early-onset of menstruation: Women who start menstruating at a young age
- Obesity: Having a high BMI or being 20% over your recommended body weight
- Other factors: Vitamin D deficiency, high blood pressure, poor diet, and excessive alcohol consumption
understand your risks | Uterine Fibroids
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