Uterine fibroids are growths that develop in the wall of the uterus. This is the organ where the fetus develops. Women in their 30s and 40s are more likely to develop fibroids, but they can continue to affect women in their 50s.
Fibroids vary in size from very small, 1 inch or less (the size of a pea), to 8 or more inches in diameter (the size of a grapefruit). These growths are not cancerous. Usually more than one fibroid is present.
- Reviewer: Beverly Siegal, MD, FACOG
- Review Date: 11/2018 -
- Update Date: 12/20/2014 -