Uterine Fibroids: What You Need to Know

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  • Types of Fibroids
  • Black Women and Fibroids
  • What Causes Them?
  • Fibroids and Fertility
  • Other Complications
  • Diagnosing Fibroids
  • Treating Fibroids
  • The Cost of Fibroids
  • Understanding Fibroids
  • What Are Fibroids?

What Causes Them?

Doctors aren’t sure, but they believe that genetics, obesity, hormones and high levels of insulin may play a role. Also, a 2013 study found that Black women who received their first relaxers at 10 were more likely to develop fibroids than those who were natural. Plus, a recent study found that past sexual abuse raises our risk for fibroids by 16 percent. 

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