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That Time I Had Fiber In My Uterus

August 21, 2017

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“You have fiber in your uterus?”

“Not Fiber,” she said, “A Fi-Broid.”

“What the heck is that?”

Truthfully y’all, I had not heard of a fibroid until well into my twenties. It wasn’t until my best friend discussed her experience with fibroids with me. After we got to talking I learned that uterine fibroids are non-cancerous growths that form in, on, or outside the uterus. Fibroids vary in size and number, and may grow slowly or experience periods of rapid growth.

I’ve read many magazines, websites and journals that often mention how black women are disproportionately affected by uterine fibroids and it got me to thinking? Are there more women around me with fibroids? I took this question to my immediate family, friends and social media and I was shocked by the information. It was overwhelming how many people in my close circle of family and friends who I didn’t know had fibroids. Oh and I didn’t mention. I too have fibroids.

Yep.

Not everyone knows they have fibroids because fibroids don’t always cause problems for you. When I asked my sister if she had fibroids she explained how heavy her periods were and how this lead her to talk with her doctor about them and then she discovered them. Now when I say heavy I mean she was sleeping with towels heavy. I’ve never had a flow that heavy in my life. I didn’t find out I had a fibroid until I was pregnant. My doctor saw my fibroid during a routine sonogram. Thankfully my fibroid caused no issues for me or my baby so there was nothing to worry about. But so many women are unable to have children or lose children during their pregnancies because of their fibroids. This just breaks my heart because I have two beautiful children that I couldn’t imagine not being here.

snack time with my babies

Treatments for uterine fibroids vary, but for many women, a hysterectomy is a real possibility— a loss that is both physical and emotional. In fact, nearly 1/3 of all hysterectomies can be traced back to uterine fibroids. For my best friend her fibroids were growing so fast her doctor was very concerned. Isn’t it great when you have a good doctor? My friend decided to go with a surgical procedure where her doctor would remove her fibroids from her uterus, this is called a myomectomy.

A myomectomy is one of the many fibroid treatment options it’s not the only option. Uterine Fibroid Embolization, or UFE, is a treatment option for uterine fibroids without hormone therapy or surgery; offers a less invasive experience, while successfully treating fibroids. It works by blocking the flow of blood to uterine fibroids, depriving them of the oxygen and nutrients they require to grow. The typical UFE procedure lasts less than one hour and doesn’t require an extended hospital stay. My best friend actually knows someone who has had this procedure successfully done to treat her fibroids.

Watch this video to hear a UFE success story

My god daughter

After my best friend’s myomectomy she went on to have a beautiful baby girl who will be 2 years old this year, she’s my god daughter. My best friend is currently pregnant with her 2nd child-a boy! She shared with me that she experienced degenerative fibroid pain for a little over 24 hours during her pregnancy but other that her pregnancy was uneventful and her baby is healthy. You don’t have to lose your U just because you have a fibroid. Consider your options and select the best treatment for you.

“Don’t lose your U” means U take charge of your situation by educating yourself on all treatment options available to you. So before meeting with your doctors, be sure to make a list of any symptoms you’re having. No detail is too small, so include all of your symptoms, even if you don’t think they’re related.

Do you have a uterine fibroid story, advice or words of inspiration you’d like to share? Share it here!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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17 Comments

  • Reply Erica August 21, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    I’ve had lots of friends with uterine fibroids. And that’s just the ones who talk about it. I wonder how many have it and don’t talk about it. It is important to understand that it can affect your chance of having a baby, and that there are things you can do about it. Thanks for helping make women aware of what to look for.

  • Reply Jenn August 21, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    Very good information for people who may also be experiencing this!

  • Reply Alexandra August 21, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    Very informative post thanks for sharing, I’ve heard of it but never really understood what it was until reading this post.

  • Reply Lisa August 21, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    This is very interesting. I have never heard of this happening before but its great information to know! Thanks

    XO-Lisa

    http://www.thatssodarling.com

  • Reply Shalonda August 22, 2017 at 9:40 am

    I had several uterine fibroids, the largest was in the uterine cavity. I chose to have a hysterectomy after researching for over a year due to the extremely heavy periods causing me weekly visits to a hematologist for iron infusions, loss of work due to having to change sanitary “napkins” every 26 minutes (I have a 45 minute commute to work) on the heaviest days of the eight days, I was depressed, anxious all the time and unable to parent my children the way I wanted and needed to. My gynecologist was supportive she listened to me and offered advice as well as took an assessment of my family to see how my choice for a hysterectomy would affect them as well. Today I’m a better woman than I was two years ago because of my choice.

  • Reply Holly August 22, 2017 at 10:34 am

    My mom went through several myomectomies when I was younger and finally had a hysterectomy. Unfortunately she was one of the ones that had problems with her fibroids. I’ve been lucky to not have any so far but I know that it can happen.

  • Reply Melanie August 22, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    I have a friend who experienced this. She had many problems with hers. She has had a hysterectomy to combat them. I know that it is something that many people struggle with.

  • Reply Roger D Willis August 22, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    I’ve never heard of any of my female friends or family having this! It sounds scary! I’m under the impression that it’s not something that’s talked about openly, because this is the first I’ve heard about it. Thanks for bringing this issue to the forefront!

  • Reply Chasity L Boatman August 22, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    I have never heard of fibroids. Wow, 1/3 of hysterectomies being due to fibroids is astounding. How as a woman have I not heard of these before now? That’s such a blessing that your best friend went on to have a beautiful, healthy girl after her surgery!

  • Reply lisa August 22, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    Great post and it is so important to make sure you get the medical attention needed when you have a fibroid diagnosis. Many woman are not aware of this (fibroids) and it is good to just speak with your GYN or Internal doctor with any questions just incase it do happen to you! I am so glad your friend is well !

  • Reply Censie Sawyer August 22, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    Wow such a personal post. Thank you for sharing this information. I have not had to deal with anything like this but I can imagine it was really hard to get through. What a blessing to have that beauty in your life now.

  • Reply Chad August 22, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    I hope you’re feeling better and I wish you the best of everything. Thanks for such an awesome post and personal story!

  • Reply Ali Rost August 23, 2017 at 4:06 am

    I have a friend who has suffered from fibroids, and she’s had a heck of a time. To date, I’m so glad this hasn’t been a problem for me. Although it’s definitely something that’s on my mind as I’ve watched her seek treatment. Thank-you so much for raising awareness! x

  • Reply Nikki August 23, 2017 at 8:52 am

    I had to have a hysterectomy because of a ginormous fibroid on my uterus. Long story short, I was in a lot of pain for a long time. Forget the horrible cramps once a month, I was experiencing pain and pressure all month long. I went into the ER three time. I had two exploratory surgeries. Two surgeons and three ER doctors who said “oh, there’s nothing wrong that could be causing that much pain” because they believed that fibroids are painless.

    Finally, I found a GYN that specializes in pain. He said I had a fibroid larger than my uterus sitting on top of said uterus. Um, no one thought that could be the problem before? Since I was done having babies, he suggested a partial hysterectomy. I got the uterus yanked and kept the ovaries. Turns out I also had adenomyosis (which is basically like endometriosis, except inside your uterus).

    That was more like a long story long, lol. Sorry about that! I think my bottom line is that we need to advocate for ourselves better. I was in excruciating pain and knew something was wrong, yet let the experts make me feel like I was crazy because they kept saying that fibroids don’t cause pain.

  • Reply Jenn August 23, 2017 at 9:12 am

    I have never heard of this. I do unfortunately have other female problems. It’s amazing what us women go through, the good and the bad. I swear it’s never ending. I’m so sorry you had to go through this. Best wishes and healthy vibes to you!

  • Reply GiGi Eats August 23, 2017 at 9:58 am

    I am beyond thrilled that you were still able to have a beautiful child! This type of this scares me a little. I don’t think I will be one to experience it when I go through pregnancy, but I will have a whole host of other issues – ha!

  • Reply Amanda August 23, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Thank you so much for sharing your story! This is something I have heard so many people talk about going through but not many people really share it publicly, I admire you for sharing your story and know that it gives hope to so many. You are a strong woman!

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