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Uterus: The Womb: Fibroids and Fertility

Uterus is a hollow muscular organ of the reproductive system about the shape and size of an inverted pear, where the fetus grows during gestation.

Uterine fibroids : The benign (non- cancerous) smooth muscle tumors are also known as uterine leiomyomas or fibroids. Estrogen and progesterone hormones in women feed the fibroid, hence they are relevant during the reproductive years. Fibroids appear as round solid nodules, generally white or tan in appearance and the size varies from microscopic to lesions of considerable size. Abnormalities in the blood vessels around the uterus may develop the fibroids. Changes in chemicals that cause tissue to grow may also be the cause of fibroids.

About 20-80% women develop fibroids by the age of 50.

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