Written By: Tariro Mupombwa, MD Minimally Invasive Gynecology Surgeon, Women & Infants Hospital on July 6, 2023
Race plays a part as well. African American women tend to have symptoms earlier, around their late-20s. This may be in part because Black patients tend to get their periods at a younger age and the earlier you get your menstrual cycles, the more at risk you are for developing fibroids. Differences in things like diet, lifestyle, and psychosocial stress are also thought to contribute.
There is a genetic component to fibroids. Your family history matters. For example, if your mother or sister has had fibroids, you are more likely to have them too.
Obesity and lifestyle increase risk too. It is still being looked at, but many believe a high BMI puts you at risk for fibroids. Many also think too much red meat, smoking, drinking alcohol, and a Vitamin A or D deficiency can be risk factors for fibroids.
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