Nearly 20% to 80% of all women develop fibroids by age 50. For women of color, this number has climbed to an astonishing 90%. But what exactly are fibroids? Even those who have them are sometimes unsure what they are and what do they mean for a women’s reproductive health?
What are Fibroids?
Uterine fibroids, also known as uterine leiomyomas or fibroids are benign smooth, noncancerous growths of the uterus that usually occur during a woman’s childbearing years. These tumors may vary in size and quantity. From barely visible to very significant.
Many women who develop tumors may never experience any discomfort, while others suffer from a variety of unpleasant symptoms including:
- Excessive bleeding, cramping and pelvic pain
- Frequent urination/difficulty urinating
- Menstrual periods lasting a week or more
- Bloating and/or constipation
- Back pain, headaches or leg cramps
**NOTE** If you are currently experiencing any of the symptoms above for any prolonged length of time. Please schedule a checkup and speak to your physician right away to discuss available treatments and options.
What Causes Fibroids?
While there is still a lot of mystery surrounding the actual cause of uterine fibroids. Advancements have been made to identify possible triggers and correlations between factors such as genetics or diet.
Erica Campbell of the multi award-winning duo Mary Mary, radio host of “Get Up! Mornings with Erica Campbell and one of the stars of the new TVOne docuseries “We’re the Campbells” is a wife and mother of three.
In March 2018, Erica posted this message on social media to share her post-op experience after undergoing a minor surgical procedure for fibroid removal.
Erica continues to be an advocate for encouraging women to be proactive about monitoring their health.
CFU: How did you first come to the realization that you had fibroids?
EC: I had excessive bleeding for 2 weeks straight. My energy was low. I was nervous whenever I wore light colors.
CFU: When is medical surgery usually recommended to treat fibroids?
EC: I believe God allows us to feel pain as a trigger to change! Anytime your blood is low your body doesn’t have what it needs to survive. I can’t say when for anyone else should go, so I just listen to your body and the Holy Spirit!
CFU: Does having fibroids always result in needing a hysterectomy? Are there any special dietary recommendations for those that suffer from fibroids?
EC: No absolutely not, a hysterectomy isn’t always needed! You can definitely make dietary changes and do your research! Take ALL processed food out of your diet! Add more green vegetables and cut out sugars, and you will see a change. Another things is a lot of big brand sanitary napkins are actually toxic! Find natural products to use they’re much healthier for your body!