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Fibroids are growths, or tumors, that form inside the wall of the uterus. They can be as small as an apple seed or as big as a grapefruit. Usually benign, these growths can cause pain and heavy bleeding. Fibroids can be treated with hormone therapy, such as birth control, uterine fibroid embolization, and sometimes surgery. If you didn’t realize a heavy periods could be a sign of something more, you’re not alone. Here are five fast facts about fibroids that you should know:

  1. Fibroids grow in your uterus
  2. Fibroids are typically not cancerous or considered cancers
  3. Fibroids are common in women in their 30s and 40s
  4. Fibroids can be treated many ways – or left alone
  5. Fibroids have an unknown cause

For more information on uterine fibroids, please contact the Magee Fibroid Treatment Center at 412-641-4435.

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About UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital

For more than a century, UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital has provided high-quality medical care to women at all stages of life. Nationally recognized in gynecology by U.S. News & World Report, UPMC Magee is long renowned for its services to women and babies, but also offers a wide range of care to men as well. Nearly 10,000 babies are born each year at Magee, and the hospital’s NICU is one of the largest in the country. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recognizes Magee as a National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, and the Magee-Womens Research Institute is the largest research institute in the U.S. devoted exclusively to women’s health and reproductive biology.