Conditions & Treatments
Uterine fibroids (myomas) are non-cancerous growths that occur in the wall of the uterus (womb). Uterine fibroids may be as small as a pea or larger than a cantaloupe. About 10% to 20% of women with uterine fibroids develop symptoms that may include heavy or long menstrual periods, increased menstrual cramps, pain or pressure in the pelvis or lower back, pain during intercourse, frequent urination, constipation and bloating.
Uterine fibroids account for about 4% of infertility cases. A fibroid that grows in certain areas may prevent the transport of eggs. Fibroids may also interfere with placental growth and cause miscarriage.
Depending on the size and location of the uterine fibroid, surgical removal and reconstruction of the uterus may be recommended. Fibroids growing inside the uterus may be removed via a hysteroscope (small instrument inserted through the vagina). Fibroids growing in the uterine wall may require surgery through the open abdomen or through a laparoscope (small instrument inserted through the belly button and in the bikini line).
If you have uterine fibroids or a family history of uterine fibroids, you should request a uterine evaluation from your gynecologist.
NewsView all News
Emory Healthcare news from the Emory News Center
Photos: Emory Denim Day
April 25, 2017
Two Emory Healthcare nurses inducted as fellows into American College of Critical Care Medicine
April 25, 2017
New study uses freezing technique to target vagus nerve and obesity
April 24, 2017
Father, son share special bond; both receive cochlear implants
April 21, 2017
Photos: Ebola care team attends 'Facing Darkness' screening
April 20, 2017
Ready, set, go! for Heel to Heal Superhero 5K and Fundraiser
April 18, 2017
SIBR program shows teamwork in healthcare
April 17, 2017
Expert Q&A: The antibiotic resistance threat
April 12, 2017
Christy M. Norman joins Emory Healthcare as vice president of pharmacy services
April 07, 2017
Medical faculty recognized by their Emory peers on Doctors' Day
April 05, 2017