Symptomatic uterine fibroids cause substantial morbidity

Symptomatic uterine fibroids cause substantial morbidity

(HealthDay)—Symptomatic uterine leiomyomas (fibroids) have a substantial impact on quality of life, according to research published in the October issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Bijan J. Borah, Ph.D., of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and colleagues conducted a national survey of a racially diverse sample of 968 women, aged 29 to 59 years, with self-reported symptomatic uterine leiomyomas, to assess the impact of this condition on quality of life.

The researchers found that women waited an average of 3.6 years before seeking treatment for uterine . About a third (28 percent) of women reported missing work because of symptoms. Most women (79 percent) did not want invasive surgery for fibroids, and a majority (51 percent) wanted to preserve the uterus. Among women younger than 40 years, 43 percent wanted to preserve fertility.

"Many people are unaware that the vast majority of women will experience in their lifetime," a coauthor said in a statement. "This condition can cause significant morbidity for those who are symptomatic."

Two authors disclosed financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry.

More information: Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Genetic risk for uterine fibroids discovered

Oct 04, 2012

Uterine fibroids are the most common type of pelvic tumors in women and are the leading cause of hysterectomy in the United States. Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) are the first to discover a genetic risk ...

Recommended for you

AAFP advocates for planned vaginal birth after cesarean

12 hours ago

(HealthDay)—A planned labor and vaginal birth after cesarean (LAC/VBAC) is an appropriate option for most women with a history of prior cesarean birth, according to a clinical practice guideline published ...

Women diagnosed with PCOS twice as likely to be hospitalized

Jan 27, 2015

Women diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome - the most common hormone disorder in women of reproductive age - face a heightened risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, mental health conditions, reproductive disorders ...

Risks for Ebola virus-infected pregnant women discussed

Jan 22, 2015

(HealthDay)—Ebola virus-infected pregnant women are at risk for adverse maternal and fetal outcomes, according to an article published online Jan. 14 in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gy ...

User comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.