Let’s just be blunt and ask – when was the last time you wore a white dress? If you are one of the almost 70% of white women and 80% of black women of childbearing age in the U.S. who suffer from uterine fibroids, our guess is that it’s probably been a very long time.
No one has to tell you why a white dress might be out of the question. Those who struggle with the worst of fibroid symptoms already know why. But here’s the catch: you CAN fight back, and wear white again.
Fibroids Are Non-Cancerous Growths
Here’s a piece of information that is good news: Fibroids very rarely turn into cancer. In fact, sometimes women have uterine fibroids and they don’t know they are there until discovered by their doctor. Uterine fibroids are inconsistent and researchers still don’t know what causes them to grow. A few more helpful facts:
- A women can have one or many fibroids.
- One woman may have pain and others may be asymptomatic.
- In some cases fibroids grow slowly, whereas other times they grow rapidly and become large masses.
- Some fibroids shrink, while others remain the same size.
Symptoms Requiring Treatment
The most common symptoms include:
- Heavy, prolonged and painful periods
- Abnormal bleeding and spotting between periods
- Low back pain
- Pelvic pain and pressure
- Frequent urination
- Painful intercourse
- Iron deficiency, or anemia
According to some researchers, black women have symptoms younger than white women, have fewer days between periods, and have more severe and disruptive pain.
Fibroids can impact fertility and cause recurrent miscarriages. For women of childbearing age, they can be a nightmare.
Fight Back With The White Dress Project
This organization of women is raising money for research and seeks to elevate national awareness of uterine fibroids. Their stated mission is to encourage education and research into finding the cause and developing new treatment options for fibroids.
If you, or someone you know, suffers with the painful symptoms of uterine fibroids, encourage them to visit www.thewhitedressproject.org and become part of the project.
You are not alone, and You CAN wear white again!
If you are experiencing any of the painful symptoms of uterine fibroids, contact South Miami Women’s Health for management and treatment options.
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