Fibroids Are Common in Midlife, but You Have Options

By Tracee Herbaugh
Reviewed by Alyssa Quimby, M.D.
May 19, 2022

Uterine fibroids most commonly occur in women who are in their 40s and early 50s, according to the Office on Women’s Health. The agency estimates that up to 80% of women will have fibroids by the time they’re 50 years old. The risk tends to taper off when women reach menopause.

It is estimated that 26 million girls and women in the United States between the ages of 15 and 50 have uterine fibroids. And they become more common as women approach midlife.

What Are Fibroids?

Uterine fibroids are tumors that consist of smooth muscle and fibrous connective tissue. Fibroids are almost always noncancerous, and though they can develop earlier in the childbearing years, the chance of diagnosis increases with age.