FIBROIDS: Take control.

Fibroids:

Take control.

1. Learn your family history - it’s not uncommon for other women in your family to be similarly affected. Treatment options are evolving- what was done in the past, may not be your only option.

2. Determine if you are at risk. Seek out information. Are you are at high risk: female, positive family history, African American, and reproductive age (20yr - 45 yr)

3. Detect fibroids early- don’t wait until you are symptomatic. Don’t suffer. Anemia may be the first clue that you are bleeding too much secondary to fibroids. Consider regular ( ie annual) pelvic ultrasounds to monitor change in the size of any fibroids. This is not routinely done, you may need to advocate for yourself.

4. Treat yourself well with better nutrition/ better health choices/ less exposure to environmental toxins, correct vitamin D deficiency and avoid salt, sugar, chemicals in ultra-processed foods, personal hygiene products & your surroundings.

5. Advocate for more research. There is still a lot to learn about the triggers and pathophysiology of fibroids. Advocate to improve healthcare and treatment options for yourself, other Black women and for all women globally.

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