Finding relief from fibroids

Uterine fibroids (leiomyomas or myomas) are benign, smooth muscle tumours of the uterus occurring in about 70—80% of women by the age of 50.

Fibroids occur only in the reproductive years and diminish in the postmenopausal years.

They grow under oestrogen and progesterone stimulation, but other factors are involved such as insulin–like growth factors, particularly IGF-II.

Interplay between multiple factors is probably responsible for fibroid growth and development. See Table 1.

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