NICHD Uterine Fibroids Research Information

NICHD research on uterine fibroids aims to learn more about what causes them, how they grow, factors related to who develops them, and fibroid treatments. As part of this research, NICHD scientists are exploring genetics, hormones, the immune system, and environmental factors that may play a role in starting the growth of fibroids or in continuing that growth.

An interim goal is to find a solution that does not involve removing the uterus. The long-term goal of this research is to eliminate fibroids from being a factor in women’s health at all.


  1. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). (2007). Management of uterine fibroids: An update of the evidence. AHRQ Publication No. 07-E011. Retrieved June 13, 2017, from (PDF 2.25 MB)
  2. AHRQ. (2005). The FIBROID Registry: Report of structure, methods, and initial results. AHRQ Publication No. 05[06]-RG008. Retrieved June 13, 2017, from
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