The causes of uterine fibroids are not yet clear, but some researchers and clinical experiences point to these suspect factors:
Family History and Genetic changes
Uterine Fibroids generally run in the families. And, if your grandmother, mother or sister happens to have them, there is a likelihood of you also developing these.
Many fibroids are capable of making changes in genes that vary from those present in their usual uterine muscle cells. Since the fibroids generally run in the families and fibroids have the capability of making changes in the genes, the identical twins (both of them) are more likely to have fibroids than the non-identical twins.
In preparing you for pregnancy, the two reproductive hormones, estrogen and progesterone, that are generated in your ovaries, are known for stimulating and developing uterine lining during your every menstrual cycle. Hence, the production of these hormones increases during pregnancy.
Both these hormones also promote the fibroid growth and are more receptive to these hormones than the natural uterine muscle cells. This is proven by the facts that fibroids have the tendency to contract after the onset of menopause because of less production of these two hormones.
Other growth causes
There are substances which help in maintaining the tissues in your body, such as insulin. These substances also contribute to the growth of fibroids.
As mentioned above, the uterine fibroids have the tendency of running in families. So, if you have a family history like your grandmother, mother or sister having the fibroids, there is a higher risk of your also developing the disease.
Compared to women from other racial groups, African American women have the tendency of developing uterine fibroids at an early age. And, the size and the number of the fibroids is also found to be comparative larger among them.
Consumption of alcohol as well as beer may increase the risk of your developing fibroids. So, it is time for you to say… “no… no” to all kinds of alcoholic beverages.
Women, whose diet is rich with red meat and lesser amount of green vegetables and fruits, are at higher of developing fibroids.
Uterine fibroids are generally not considered dangerous. But they may cause some kinds of complications like discomfort in the pelvic area and may lead to problems like heavy blood loss because of developing Menorrhagia and, thus, anemia.
Pregnancy and fibroids
Submucosal fibroids that develop under the uterine lining in your uterus may often either prevent embryo implantation or its subsequent growth. In many such cases, doctors advise you removal of these fibroids before going in for a pregnancy or if you have had several miscarriages before.