Most American women will have uterine fibroids at some point in their lives. According to one study, up to 80% of women will have experienced fibroids by the age of 50. Fibroids are non-cancerous growths within the walls of the uterus. Also known as leiomyomata or myomas, they can range in size and in number.

Symptoms of fibroids can vary greatly between women. Some women report experiencing little to no symptoms but for some, fibroids can cause a number of symptoms and can impact their day to day life forcing them to plan around:

  • Heavy or abnormally long periods
  • Frequent urination
  • Pain
  • Bloating
  • Backache and leg pain

Fibroids are an important public health concern due to the large number of women affected. More research is needed to determine what works best in preventing, detecting, and treating this disease.

If you find yourself planning your life around heavy periods, consider participating in a study today. To learn more, call our ARC Clinical Research team at 512-225-5931 or fill out our Clinical Research Interest form online.