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Fibroids are benign (non-cancerous) tumors that grow from the muscle layers of the uterus (womb). Fibroids are also known as uterine fibroids, myomas or fibromyomas they comprise of smooth muscle and fibrous tissues. One in every four women between the age of 30 to 50 years develop one or more fibroids in their lifetime and fibroids can sometimes run in families. The size of fibroids can be as small as a pea or as large as a melon and may increase or decrease in size over time. There are some instances were fibroids may even disappear over time. They may occur anywhere in the uterus and are thus named accordingly;
- Intramural Fibroids are common and grow in the muscle tissue of the uterus.
- Pedunculated Fibroids grow outside the uterus and are attached by a narrow stalk.
- Subserous Fibroids grow outside the uterus wall into the pelvis.
- Submucous Fibroids grow from the inner wall into the uterus.
Fibroids are triggered by estrogen (the hormone produced in the womb) and tend to swell when