Uterine fibroids are benign tumors that grow in the uterus and most often appear during childbearing years. Fibroids can be a single growth or multiples, and they affect an estimated 70 to 80 percent of women by age 50. Most uterine fibroids are detected by a pelvic exam or ultrasound.

Though fibroids aren't known to interfere with ovulation, depending on the size and location, it's possible for fibroids to cause infertility or pregnancy loss.

For women who are interested in growing their family, this information can be overwhelming. However, knowledge is empowering and we're here to help you feel prepared should you receive a fibroid diagnosis prior to or during a pregnancy.

Types of fibroids

There are three main types of uterine fibroids, and their severity and symptoms can vary based on