Dr. Nghiem on the Walk by Faith Podcast: Periods, Pelvic Pain and How Fibroids Impact African American Women
February is Black History Month. To celebrate this important month, Dr. Nghiem joined the Walk by Faith Podcast to help educate how fibroids impacts African American Women specifically. Know your options!
Uterine fibroids are a common gynecologic condition among women and the primary reason for hysterectomy for US women. Over their lifetime, about 80 percent of black women and 70 percent of white women will develop fibroids. Fibroids, also called leiomyomata or myomas, are noncancerous tumors that develop within the muscle tissue of the uterus (also called the womb).
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Anywhere between 20 to 80% of women will develop fibroids by the time they turn 50. And although they can affect all women, Black women are about 3 times more likely than white women to develop fibroids, and they tend to develop them at a younger age than other women.
Although most fibroids don’t cause symptoms, Black women are also 2 to 3 times more likely to have symptoms, including:⠀
* Heavy bleeding during your period⠀
* Long-lasting periods⠀
* Pelvic cramping or pain with your period⠀
* Bleeding between periods⠀
* Feeling like you constantly have to pee⠀
* Pressure or fullness in your lower belly⠀
* Pain during sex⠀
And this isn’t exactly a symptom, but some women develop anxiety disorders by constantly worrying about bleeding through clothing or on mattresses.⠀