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Uterine Fibroids

What Are Uterine Fibroids?

Uterine Fibroids – also known as benign smooth muscle tissue - are abnormal, but non-cancerous, growths that can develop in the uterus during a woman's childbearing years. Fibroids can become quite large and result in severe abdominal pain and heavy periods.

What Are the Symptoms of Uterine Fibroids?

  • Pain in the abdomen, low back, and/or pelvis
  • Abnormal, heavy, irregular, and/or painful menstruation - or spotting
  • Abdominal distension or cramping
  • No signs or symptoms, in some cases

What Causes Uterine Fibroids

While we don’t know the exact cause of fibroids, we do know that certain women are at higher risk of having them. This includes:

  • Obese women
  • African-American women
  • Women whose mothers had fibroids

What Minimally Invasive Options Are Available?

Erlanger offers laparoscopic or robotic myomectomies (fibroid removal) for women with symptomatic fibroids who want to save their uterus for future fertility. For definitive management of fibroids, we can perform a laparoscopic or robotic hysterectomy. This is called minimally invasive surgery because the small incisions are less damaging for women's bodies. Women who have laparoscopic or robotic surgery recover more quickly, have less pain, and have fewer infections than women who undergo traditional abdominal surgery with a large incision.


This content was last reviewed on 2/10/2020 by a physician with Erlanger Women's Health. It is not intended to replace medical advice from your doctor or healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider for guidance on specific medical conditions.