Four years ago, Real Housewives of Atlanta Star Porsha Williams’ fibroids challenges surrounded being pregnant with her first child. At that time, she opened up about her struggle, making her one of our first Woman Crush Wednesday nominees! Well, once again, she’s talking fibroids, infertility and health care challenges that make it harder to get a proper fibroid diagnosis! For that reason, we’re back to celebrate Porsha and her courage. Keep sharing those fibroid stories, ladies! Together, we’ll get through.
Porsha Williams Fibroids and Fertility Challenges: Early Years
Ms. Williams and her ex-husband, Kordell Stewart suffered one miscarriage during their marriage. For the next six years, Porsha struggled to get pregnant again. During this difficult period, Porsha found out she had uterine fibroids (non-cancerous tumors that grow in the uterus) that could be affecting her ability to carry a baby. Because of her age and hopes for a family, Porsha sought fertility-saving treatment. She ultimately had a myomectomy–a surgery that removed her fibroid but kept her uterus in place and intact.
While her marriage ended, her hopes for a baby did not. She found new love with boyfriend Dennis McKinley. And then, in early 2019, the couple welcomed daughter PJ. At the time, Porsha told people, “It’s something we’ve both always wanted.”
Fear and Joy
Even hearing that she was finally pregnant was a tense moment for Porsha. On the way into her first pregnancy scan, she wondered, “Because I suffer with fibroids and had to have a myomectomy [I kept thinking] ‘Is the baby going to be okay? Will I make it full term?’ All those questions that you ask if you’ve had a miscarriage before.”
Today, as Porsha and now-fiance Dennis consider expanding their family, those fears remain. In fact, on a recent episode of RHOA, Porsha revealed that she implanted an IUD, a semi-permanent form of birth control. Her reason? Fear of pregnancy complications. And a newly-discovered fibroid regrowth.
On the show, Porsha explained to Denis: “It’s in the same place as my other fibroids were, [but] it’s much, much larger. [My doctor] was like, ‘To have the myomectomy again would make the whole thing difficult to deliver a baby.’ She was like, ‘Well, the other option would be to leave [the fibroid] and then if I got pregnant, see if the baby would possibly outgrow it.’”
For right now, however, that option is too frightening for Porsha. She told Dennis, “I don’t know. I’m scared to just roll the die and get pregnant, and not know what’s going to happen.”
Porsha Williams Fibroids Activism
After all the heartache of her delayed fibroid diagnosis and miscarriage, Porsha wants other women to get better care for uterine fibroids. Recently, she sat down for an interview with the Atlanta Black Star and expressed her desire to make healthcare changes.
She told the paper, “It’s actually pretty sad that I didn’t find out that I had fibroids until I was pregnant. So, you know, I’m really big about wanting to make sure that women get checked … for fibroids, because, unfortunately, doctors don’t ask you about it. Doctors don’t check.”
Hoping to change that reality, she said, “I do plan on talking about this in the future publicly because I’ve suffered so much from these fibroids. And I just feel like if this conversation is being had by young women, they can find out earlier and not have to go through what I went through.”
Now, just after that interview, Porsha underwent uterine fibroid embolization. She explained that, “I hope to have more kids in the future, and, because this procedure “reserves your fertility,” it was the best choice for her fibroid journey.
Fertility, Pregnancy and Fibroid Care in Houston, TX
As Houston fibroid doctors who work to give women alternatives to hysterectomies, we love helping women like Porsha. Too many young fibroid sufferers believe that they must undergo a hysterectomy in order to treat their uterine fibroids, but brave women like Ms. Williams are showing that pregnancy is possible, even after fibroids. As long as women know their fibroid treatment options and make their voices heard, uterine fibroids do not have to mean the end of their fertility! Thank you to Porsha and to all our other brave #WCWs for making their voices heard and giving fellow women the power of information.