We’ve heard it said time and time again that health is wealth. Good health is the foundation of slow aging and long life. Unfortunately, genetics, hormones, poor nutrition, environmental conditions and lack of exercise often play a role in the development of unique challenges and diseases in men and women. One of the most significant aspects of women’s health is reproductive health.
Uterine fibroids are one of such reproductive health conditions, which affect up to 70 to 80 % of women in the United States by age 50. Black women, including women of African-Caribbean origin are diagnosed with fibroids at a higher incidence than white women.
According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, uterine fibroids are benign (noncancerous) tumors of muscle tissue in the uterus also referred to as myomas or leiomyomas. They occur when a single muscle cell in the wall of the uterus multiplies and grows, sometimes changing the shape and size of the uterus and even the cervix (lower part of the uterus). The exact cause of fibroids is unknown, and unfortunately, there is no cure. However, there are many studies that cite genetic, hormonal and environmental factors, and treatment is available, but determined on a case-by-case basis.
Since July is Fibroids Awareness Month, we cannot emphasize enough how important it is to educate yourself on this condition and conduct a wellness check. Some of the common symptoms associated with uterine fibroids include a heavy menstrual bleeding (and periods lasting longer than a week), pelvic pressure or pain, backaches, and even infertility. Don’t be afraid to discuss these concerns with your healthcare provider and find out what treatment options are available to you.
Everyone as well as Caribbean women deserve to enjoy quality health and live a good life!
For more information about uterine fibroids, visit https://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/womensrh/healthconcerns.html