Uterine fibroids are common, noncancerous muscular growths or tumors that grow in the wall of the uterus and can range significantly in size. They are most common in women of childbearing years, and the vast majority of women have them but may not be aware of it because of their lack of symptoms. Fibroids are usually detected by your primary care physician or gynecologist in the course of a routine gynecologic exam. Women aged 30-50, whose close family members (mother, sister) have had fibroids, or who are obese may be at an elevated risk for developing fibroids. Common symptoms of uterine fibroids include pelvic pain, constipation, heavy menstrual bleeding, prolonged periods and frequent urination. Effective treatments for symptomatic fibroids include hormone medications along with minimally invasive and other types of surgery such as myomectomy.