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Symptoms caused by uterine fibroids are a very frequent indication for hysterectomy. So if you have fibroids and want to get pregnant, you should prepare carefully before your conceiving. Here are some information about fibroids and pregnancy you should know:

1. Symptoms of uterine fibroids:
In women who have symptoms, the most common symptoms of uterine fibroids include:
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Prolonged menstrual periods — seven days or more of menstrual bleeding
- Pelvic pressure or pain
- Frequent urination
- Difficulty emptying your bladder
- Constipation
- Backache or leg pains
See your doctor if you have:
- Pelvic pain that doesn’t go away
- Overly heavy or painful periods
- Spotting or bleeding between periods
- Pain with intercourse
- Difficulty emptying your bladder
- Difficulty moving your bowels

2. Causes of uterine fibroids:
- Genetic alterations. Many fibroids contain alterations in genes that code for uterine muscle cells.
- Hormones. Estrogen and progesterone, two hormones that stimulate development of the uterine lining in preparation for pregnancy, appear to promote the growth of fibroids. Fibroids contain more estrogen and estrogen receptors than do normal uterine muscle cells.
- Other chemicals. Substances that help the body maintain tissues, such as insulin-like growth factor, may affect fibroid growth.

3. Risk factors of uterine fibroids:
- Heredity. If your mother or sister had fibroids, you’re at increased risk of also developing them.
- Race. Black women are more likely to have fibroids than are women of other racial groups. In addition, black women have fibroids at younger ages, and they’re also likely to have more or larger fibroids.
- Obesity. Some studies have suggested that obese women are at higher risk of fibroids, but other studies have not shown a link.
- Oral contraceptives. So far, strong data exist showing that women who take oral contraceptives have a lower risk of fibroids. This is generally true for all women, except those who start oral contraceptives between ages 13 and 16.
- Pregnancy and childbirth. Researchers have also looked at whether pregnancy and giving birth may have a protective effect, and so far pregnancy and childbirth seem to have a protective effect.

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