Who gets fibroids?

More research is being done to figure out who is at risk for fibroids. But it is known that:

  • Most of the time, fibroids grow in women of childbearing age.
  • African American women are more likely to get them than women of other racial groups.
  • African American women tend to get fibroids at a younger age than do other women.
  • Women who are overweight or obese also are at a slightly higher risk for fibroids than women who are not overweight.
  • Women who have given birth appear to be at a lower risk for fibroids.



Information provided by:  The National Women's Health Information Center which is Sponsored by the Office on Women's Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services