Fibroids are extremely common in women of reproductive age. One large study reported that 70% of Caucasian and 80% of African-American women had at least one ultrasound- or pathology-confirmed fibroid by the end of their reproductive years. While many of these women experience no negative effects of fibroids on their reproductive function, a significant number are at increased risk of infertility, miscarriage, or poor obstetric outcomes.
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Uterine fibroids can have a significant impact on the health, workplace performance and quality of life of women—particularly African-American women—according to a new study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.