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As many as 1 in 3 women will develop fibroids, which are non-cancerous growths that can grow in or around the womb.

Although many women with fibroids get pregnant without problems, they can have an impact on fertility and may also be associated with having heavy and painful periods.



NHS: Fibroids­fibroids/

Basic guide to the different types of fibroids, symptoms and treatment.

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British Fibroid Trust: What is fibroid?­whatis.php

Information from the British Fibroid Trust on fibroids explaining the different types and symptoms.

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