fibroids are common. Approximately 80 percent of black women
and 70 percent of white women will develop fibroids in their
lifetimes. Dr. Ebbie Stewart, a Mayo Clinic OB-GYN, says
research has been scarce, and this may be one reason why myths
about the condition exist.
says fibroids are noncancerous growths of the uterus.
include heavy menstrual bleeding, anemia, changes in bowel and
bladder habits, and difficulty getting or staying pregnant.
And myths about fibroids may keep some women from getting
Hysterectomy is the only treatment that works.
clearly not true. There are many alternatives to hysterectomy
including less-invasive procedures called focused ultrasound
and uterine artery embolization.
A growing fibroid is a cancer.
cancers can be mistaken for fibroids, but thatís pretty
Fibroids only affect women in their 30s and 40s.
if youíre 24 and if youíre having eight days of menstrual
bleeding a month, itís appropriate to ask if you have
uterine fibroids." And black women are more likely to
develop them early.
You canít get or stay pregnant. Stewart says fibroids can
make pregnancy difficult but not impossible.