It seems like if a condition affected the health of over 70 percent of women, most people would know about it. But that isn't the case with uterine fibroids. These noncancerous growths in the uterus typically develop during a woman's childbearing years.
Statistics also show that uterine fibroids affect 80 to 90 percent of African-American women and 70 percent of Caucasian women.
Contributing factors to the development of uterine fibroids include age, being overweight or obese, family history of uterine fibroids and high blood pressure. Uterine fibroids are also more likely to develop in women who have never been pregnant compared to women who have been pregnant.
According to the Chicago Tribune, a new treatment is available for treating a painful and potentially deadly condition known as pelvic congestion, a common side effect of pregnancy.
The Pain of Pelvic Congestion
According to Stanford Health Care, a division of Stanford University, pelvic congestion syndrome is caused by varicose veins in the ovaries, which often develop during pregnancy. It can also develop as a result of cysts, fibroids and pelvic inflammatory disease.