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Have You Ever...

… been afraid to toss and turn too much in the bed for fear of messing up your sheets, getting them soiled with blood or had to contort your body to the side and slide out of bed just to be sure not to stain your sheets getting up?

… had someone, a complete stranger, come up and whisper that you had a stain on the back of your dress or outfit?

… had to wear the super-size, bulky, and long feminine pads, that were designed for overnight, during the day?

… waited until everyone else leaves before you do so you can check the chair, the sofa, the car seat you’ve been sitting in to be sure you didn’t bleed through your clothes and ruin it?

If you are shaking your head in the affirmative you must know what it is like to live with the unpredictable consequences of uterine fibroids. Maybe you can identify with some of these scenarios, but you haven’t been diagnosed. If that is the case, you might benefit from having a frank discussion with your health care provider.

When Was the Last Time You...

… had menstrual cramps so bad that they are physically debilitating?

… looked and felt inexplicably bulky and bloated?

… made the mistake of standing up too quickly after having been seated for a while, in church, in class, in a meeting, only to feel a sudden gush then knowing full well that the protection that you were wearing couldn’t possibly absorb or hold what just happened.

Uterine fibroids are noncancerous tumors that develop in the muscle layer of the uterus. They occur in about 70% of white women and close to 80% of black women by the time they reach the age of 50. Uterine fibroids are so common place that it is nothing to learn that celebrities like America’s first black super model to make the cover of Vogue magazine, Beverly Johnson and Real Housewives of Atlanta and New York, Cynthia Bailey and Bethany Frankel all were diagnosed with fibroids and have been treated. African American women are nearly three times more likely to develop uterine fibroids and suffer with more severe symptoms like heavy menstrual bleeding, anemia, and pelvic pain and will wait longer, more than five years, before seeking medical treatment compared to whites. The cause of uterine fibroids is still unknown and despite the high incidence among women, it remains a low priority medical research question.