The specific causes of uterine fibroids are not as well known as their risk factors. What triggers the creation of a fibroid is still being researched to develop ways to better treat or prevent them. However, we do know what factors put some women at higher risk.
Women are more susceptible to fibroids as they get older but are still within childbearing years. Once you start menopause, the risk decreases, and women who have fibroids may see them shrink on their own.
Being overweight significantly impacts your likelihood of developing fibroids. The more extra weight you carry, the higher the risk. Losing even just a few pounds and keeping them off can make a big difference in your well-being, although it’s always essential to maintain a healthy weight.
If your mother was diagnosed with uterine fibroids, you are at much higher risk yourself. A sister, aunt or grandmother with fibroids is also an indication of higher risk. You should let your doctor know your family history if anyone has had fibroids.
African American women are much more likely than Caucasians to develop uterine fibroids. By some estimates, as much as three times more likely. Women of color who do experience fibroids are at higher risk for recurring or larger fibroids as well as complications from them.
High Blood Pressure
The exact connection between fibroids and high blood pressure is not entirely understood. The statistics, however, show that there is most likely a causal link between the two.
Foods that cause higher estrogen levels may contribute to the growth of fibroids. These foods include soy, red meat, dairy and alcohol. Speak to your doctor or a dietician before making significant changes to your diet, as those changes can affect other medical conditions as well.
Never Been Pregnant
The risk for uterine fibroids decreases with each pregnancy. Those women who have never been pregnant are at much higher risk than those who have had at least one child.
If you have been diagnosed with fibroids or are at risk and have developed symptoms, make an appointment with one of our expert doctors. Fibroids MD specializes in the treatment of this condition, and Uterine Fibroid Embolization may be an effective treatment option. Call us at (212) 254-0149 today.