Uterine Fibroids are lumps or growths, made up of muscle cells and other tissues that grow within the myometrium (body) of the uterus. Although fibroids are sometimes called tumours, they are almost always benign. Fibroids be a single growth or in clusters (groups). Their size can vary from small, like an apple seed to even larger than a grapefruit. They usually grow in size very slowly, usually over a few years.
Fibroids are one of the most common gynaecological conditions. Almost 20% of all women under 50 years old are thought to have fibroids and they are more commonly diagnosed around the age of 40. Afro-Caribbean women origin are 2-3 times more likely to present with symptomatic fibroids and typically will do so at a younger age than the rest of the population of women with uterine fibroids.