While uterine fibroids are extremely common, fibroids awareness is very low. Because of that, many of us are working to raise fibroids awareness. That includes Kamala Harris, who sponsored a bill to build understanding and offer better fibroid care in this country. It’s also true of groups like The White Dress Project, who want women to live life free from fibroid symptoms. And now, it’s also true of Real Housewives of Atlanta star Cynthia Bailey-Hill. Which is why she’s our #WomanCrushWednesday this week!
Raising Fibroid Awareness with Information
Did you know that by age 50, as many as 70% of white females and 80% of African American females develop fibroids?. Well, it’s true. And that’s a big problem, because not that many women know their treatment options. Which is something Cynthia wants to change.
Recently, she helped launch a new platform: Responsum for Fibroids. This is a new, online resource for women. It’s designed to share important fibroid information with women. So they can make informed decisions and learn all the treatment options.
When announcing the launch, Cynthia said: “LADIES! We must take care of our bodies and our health. For those of you who are suffering with fibroids or need additional information about fibroids, download the @responsumforfibroids, for up-to-date information and helpful resources. I am so relieved since having my UFE procedure. I want you, too, to be informed and find the relief that works best for you. Be strong and stay well, xo Cynthia.”
We’re so grateful for women like Cynthia. In telling her story, she can help others explore alternatives to hysterectomy. Plus, by raising fibroid awareness, she can help women become their own healthcare advocates. Which is something we hope to do as well, so keep reading this post for important information!
How to Become a Uterine Fibroids Advocate
Know the Symptoms
Fibroids are growths within the uterine wall made up of muscle tissue, and can range in size from a few centimeters all the way up to the size of an orange. Many women who suffer from fibroids feel pelvic pain or pressure, but other common symptoms include:
- Heavy, long-lasting periods
- Frequent urination
- Painful intercourse
Know the Treatments
Depending on the size and severity of the uterine fibroid(s), our interventional radiologists will recommend the best treatment option for you. If your symptoms are less severe, your OBGYN may recommend to keep an eye on the growth supplemented with medication such as birth control or other hormone options. In more severe cases, your physician may recommend to remove the fibroid(s) with one of the following procedures:
Take Advantage of Your Resources
If you want to help spread fibroids awareness, there’s plenty of ways you can get involved. First, check out The White Dress Project, a non-profit fighting for legislation, research, and funding for uterine fibroids.
Then, visit Ask4UFE’s website, and like and follow Ask4UFE on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Finally, remember to explore your own fibroids journey. And share your experiences with women who need more information!
Talk With Houston Fibroids
If you have been diagnosed with uterine fibroids, be sure ask the right questions and be transparent with your physician. The best thing you can do is educate yourself and ensure that the treatment recommended is best for you.
The ultimate goal of raising fibroid awareness is to provide support for women. And to help answer any questions you may have about fibroids. (Which includes what treatment options are available.) Do you need help seeking answers on your fibroid journey? That’s what we’re here for. All you have to do is request an appointment with our experts. We’ll discuss your treatment options and help you find the fibroid solution that’s best for you!