Uterine fibroids have a strong hereditary component. Someone with a family history of a mother, grandmother or sister with fibroids may be more at risk of developing fibroids. Race also plays a role. Fibroids are more common in women of African descent. About 50% of women of African descent are at risk of developing symptomatic fibroids and about 35% of Caucasian women are at risk of developing fibroids.
Seeking treatment early is ideal, particularly if a patient is having clinically significant symptoms, such as heavy bleeding and pelvic pain. Uterine fibroids can also contribute to fertility problems.