Fibroids are non-cancerous growths in the womb. They can be quite small (size of a pea), or very large (size of a melon). They are common and usually cause no symptoms. However, they can sometimes cause heavy periods, abdominal swelling and urinary problems. Treatment is available if symptoms occur.
They are common. At least 1 in 4 women develops one or more fibroids in her lifetime. They usually develop in women aged 30-50 and can sometimes run in families. It is common to have several of various sizes, although some women just have one.
Symptoms only occur in about 1 in 3 women with fibroids. Many women who have fibroids are not aware that they have them. Sometimes one is found during a routine examination by a doctor or by chance during a scan which you may have for another reason.