What are the causes for the development of fibroids?
Fibroids are benign tumors developed in the uterus muscular wall (myometrium). They are benign tumors that are developed since the beginning of fertile age, after the first menstruation, and end with menopause. This is because they are tumors that depend on the hormonal stimulus of progesterone and estrogens to develop and grow.
The main risk factors for fibroids development are age and race. They are very rare during adolescence and start being more frequent until women reach menopause.
That is to say, the chance of a 40-50-years-old woman being diagnosed with fibroids is much higher than in a 20-30-years-old woman.
We often treat patients between 30 and 50 years old. Black women have 2 to 3 more chances to develop fibroids and to complain more, in comparison with Caucasian women.
Women who had been pregnant are less likely to develop fibroids, as pregnancy has been associated with the reduction of fibroids size.
A red meat-rich diet, drinking alcohol, a vegetable-poor diet, and Vitamin D deficiency have been associated with fibroids development. On the other hand, eating 4 or more portions of dairy products daily is associated with a less probability of having fibroids. Symptomatic fibroids (with complaints) occur approximately in 25%-50% of women of fertile age.