If your mother, grandmother or sister had uterine fibroids, you may be more at risk of developing them as well. There’s a strong hereditary component. Race also plays a role. If you’re of African descent, your risk of developing symptomatic uterine fibroids is about 50%, while the percentage of Caucasian women who develop fibroids in their lifetime is about 35%. Regardless of your race or heredity it’s best to seek treatment early—especially if you’re experiencing heavy bleeding and pelvic pain—as fibroids can contribute to fertility problems.
If you are experiencing heavy bleeding and/or pelvic pain, talk to your VWC provider. 804.288.4084
Dr. Berkle recently talked about uterine fibroids and treatment options with Jessica Noll, CBS6, at the MEDARVA Stony Point Surgery Center.