3. Important Fibroid Statistics
Olympus conducted a survey on the platform Survey Monkey to learn what women know about uterine fibroids, abnormal uterine bleeding, and treatment options for these conditions. 943 women participated in the survey between the ages of 18 to 64. In this survey, approximately 20% of the women reported being diagnosed with uterine fibroids, and roughly half of the women surveyed had either experienced abnormal bleeding or were actually uncertain if they had, the latter pointing to the lack of understanding on how abnormal uterine bleeding is defined.
Within the group of women who reported that they had experienced heavy bleeding, roughly one-third of them waited at least one year and others up to six years before seeking any treatment, noting either that their symptoms were annoying but not serious and/or that their physicians did not think there was any reason to be concerned. This delay in seeking care could result in a missed diagnosis of fibroids, endometriosis, polyps, or endometrial cancer that can worsen over time. Women who are experiencing symptoms should actively speak to their gynecologist about their symptoms, as many treatment options are available including minimally invasive surgeries to improve their quality of life.