Who Usually Gets Fibroids?
This happens to 1 in 1000 pre-menopausal women, although the risk rises to 1 in a 100 for women diagnosed with rapidly growing fibroids after menopause.
Leiomyomas are the most common solid pelvic tumor in women, causing symptoms in approximately 25% of reproductive age women.
It is estimated that 20-50% of women have, or will have, fibroids at some time in their lives.
However, with careful pathologic inspection of the uterus, the overall prevalence of leiomyomas increases to over 70%, because leiomyomas can be present but not symptomatic in many women.
They are rare in women under the age of 20, most common in women in their 30s and 40s, and tend to shrink after the menopause.
According to US studies, fibroids occur up to 9 times more often in black women than in white women, and tend to appear earlier.
The reason for this is unclear.