July is Uterine Fibroids Awareness Month. A condition that affects between 80-90%% of black women by the time they reach the age of 50! And while uterine fibroids is a condition that is so common in our community, it is one that isn’t talked about enough and one that many of us suffer in silence. This month, take control of the narrative surrounding uterine fibroids and become an advocate for yourself, your sisters, and your friends.
3 Ways to Be an Advocate for Fibroids
- Become Aware. So many of us have heard of uterine fibroids but we don’t know much about them. Uterine fibroids are treatable, non-cancerous growths that develop on or around the uterus. They can be painful or painless and are treatable. Simply becoming aware of what fibroids are and how they can affect your body is the first step to becoming an advocate for this condition. Spend time researching how to prevent fibroids, the best foods to eat and avoid, and how to practice good habits for uterine health.
- Know the Signs. So often, women are dealing with uterine fibroids without knowing because they aren’t aware of the signs. Or, they have been told that certain symptoms they are experiencing are normal. By knowing the common symptoms of fibroids you can take control of your uterine health, empower others to do the same, and seek out the doctors who will listen to your concerns. Some symptoms of uterine fibroids include: heavy or prolonged periods, painful intercourse, pelvic pressure, lower back pain, frequent urination, and infertility.
- Speak up. Transparency and communication is key when it comes to the discussion of uterine fibroids. Voice your concerns and questions to your OB/GYN about fibroids, how they affect African American women, and what you can do to prevent or treat fibroids. Share your knowledge with your community and don’t hesitate to share your story. One of the best ways to advocate is by simply raising awareness to the condition so speak up and often about it. This month and beyond.
Join us in recognizing Uterine Fibroids Awareness Month to take control of our health and support black women who may be suffering from this condition.