Recently a national survey reported in the Journal of Womenâ€™s Health found that uterine fibroids have a much more dramatic effect in African American women, causing severe symptoms that interfere with their daily lives and causing them to miss work. Research showed that African American women have a three-fold higher incidence of uterine fibroids and tend to develop them at an earlier age.
What are Uterine Fibroids?
Fibroids of the uterus, or the womb, are non-cancerous growths that occur for multiple underlying reasons. Studies suggest that a womanâ€™s diet and lifestyle play a role in the development of fibroids, and Mayo Clinic reports that genetic changes, hormones and other growth factors influence the condition.
Sometimes women live with the growth of fibroids without showing any signs of discomfort. In women who have symptoms of uterine fibroids they experience, heavy menstrual bleeding, prolonged menstrual periods, pelvic pressure, frequent urination, constipation and difficulty emptying bladder.
Living with the Condition
Small uterine fibroids disappear spontaneously on their own, but larger fibroids are difficult to resolve, but not impossible to control. For instance, some fibroids and menstrual cramps disappear within three months of a vigorous exercise program which helps ensure regular ovulation. When tumors do not shrink on their own there are a variety of options that are recommended from your physician.
Recently, supermodel and actress Cynthia Bailey discussed her experience with uterine fibroids which caused her to stop having sex, pain, bloating and excessive vaginal bleeding. Bailey underwent embolization therapy which involved cutting off the blood supply to the fibroids, causing them to shrink.
Other steps women can take to resolve the condition can be discussed with a professional who can provide uterine fibroids treatment. Some treatment options may include:
Strengthening the liver with herbs
Reducing exposure to estrogen and birth control pills
If you have a uterine fibroid and it causes heavy periods, pelvic pain or rapid increase in size then you should speak to a doctor for symptom relief. African American women may experience more interfering symptoms, but with early treatment and prevention painful uterine fibroids can be contained and a discomfort-free lifestyle can be restored.