New therapeutic options for uterine fibroids

New therapeutic options are available for women with problematic fibroids.

Abdominal ultrasound

Leiomyomas of the uterus, more commonly known as fibroids, are benign tumours of the smooth muscle and connective tissues of the uterus.

They are common, with a lifetime incidence in Caucasian women of about 60-70%.1

A number of factors have been identified that either increase the risk of fibroids or protect against them. These are listed in the box.

A mutation of a particular mediator and transcription gene (MED12