What is the uterine fibroids prevalence?

More than what you think

Despite the generally benign nature of these tumors, fibroids are a chronic disease for many women.

Uterine Fibroids affect 25-80% of women. It means that in some population 8 women up ten have at least one uterine fibroid.

The prevalence depends on some risk factors.

Despite the generally benign nature of these tumors, fibroids are a chronic disease for many women.

Uterine Fibroids affect 25-80% of women. It means that in some population 8 women up ten have at least one uterine fibroid.

The prevalence depends on some risk factors.

Age

Fibroids are rare before puberty and increase in prevalence during the reproductive years.
The average growth rate was found to be 9% over 6 months. Fibroids size generally can decrease after menopause, due to the reduction of hormones, estrogens, and progesterone, influence.

Race

The prevalence of uterine leiomyoma is over 3-fold higher in black women compared to white women.

By the age of 50, they might develop in almost 80% and 70% of the African-American and Caucasian women, respectively.

Hypovitaminosis D

Recent studies suggest that Vitamin D deficiency is associated with an increased risk of uterine fibroids. Vitamin D is a name for a group of steroid compounds that exert powerful effects on the human body, and whose receptors are found in various organs, including the myometrium and uterine fibroid tissue.

Other risk factors 

In patients with positive family history, the risk of developing uterine fibroids is 4 times higher than in the general population.

Early menarche (younger than 10 years) and nulliparity increase the risk to develop uterine fibroid.