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Uterine Fibroids (cont.)

Outlook

Treatment success and future outcome depend on the severity of the fibroid or fibroids prior to treatment and the chosen treatment. Fibroids may affect fertility, but this depends on the size and location of the fibroids. Many women with fibroids are older than 35 years. This and other factors such as decreased egg quality and decreased ovulation contribute to their inability to become pregnant.

Fibroids rarely turn into cancer. This is more likely to occur in women after menopause. The most common warning sign of cancer is a rapidly growing tumor that requires surgery.

Medically reviewed by Steven Nelson, MD; Board Certified Obstetrics and Gynecology

REFERENCES:

eMedicine.com. Leiomyoma, uterus.
<http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/405676-overview>

Parker, WH. Uterine Myomas: Management. Fertil Steril. 2007 Aug;88(2):255-71. Epub 2007 Jul 20.

Previous contributing authors and editors: Author: Melissa Givens, MD, Staff Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, Brooke Army Medical Center. Coauthor(s): Kelly Abbrescia, DO, Risk Manager, Morbidity and Mortality Coordinator, Department of Emergency Medicine, Brooke Army Medical Center. Editors: James E Keany, MD, FACEP, Director of Emergency Medical Education, Department of Emergency Medicine, Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center and Children's Hospital at Miss; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; James S Cohen, MD, Consulting Staff, James Cohen, PC.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/9/2014

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