Leiomyomas--> or uterine fibroid, is a firm, rubbery growth of the myometrium.
--> most common benign tumors in women, and they are classified according to their location.
--> more common in African Americans
--> risk factors: obesity, advancing age, hypertension, and nulliparity
--> most seem to grow during menstruation years in the presence of estrogen and shrink after menopause
--> menorrhagia, metrorrhagia, pain in the pelvis, back or legs, urinary frequency and retention, UTIs, constipation, abnormal dissension, pain during sexual intercourse, anemia