Fibroids are usually benign, meaning they are not cancerous, notes the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Some of the symptoms associated with fibroids include enlargement of the lower bowel, painful sensations during intercourse and a frequent urge to urinate.
Uterine fibroids are growths that usually appear when a woman is in her childbearing years. They are not regarded as increasing the risk of cancer because most of the time they do not develop into cancer, notes Mayo Clinic. Some fibroid attacks are quite mild and may not be easily detected, while others grow to become severe enough to cause complications.
Doctors do not know the exact cause of fibroids. However, aging women are at a heightened risk of getting this condition. Other risk factors associated with fibroids include being overweight, family history, being African-American and eating too much red meat. Some types of fibroids grow into the uterine cavity, while others may grow outside or inside of the uterine wall.
Women with fibroids are likely to experience frequent painful sensations in the lower back. Painful menstruation or too much bleeding during periods is another common symptom of this condition. Other symptoms to watch for include a feeling of fullness around the pelvic region, infertility in a few cases and complications during pregnancy. Medications and surgery are some of the treatment options available for this condition.