Not all of us show symptoms but some of us do.

Like me, there are countless women in the U.S. and around the world that suffer from uterine fibroids. By the age of 50, 70% of Caucasian and 80% of African American women will have fibroids. However, not all of them will show symptoms which might keep them in the dark of their condition.

For those, like me, that do show symptoms, I understand how challenging it can be to have uterine fibroids. My symptoms will vary from yours since it all depends on the size, location, and the number of fibroids we have. Mine, for instance, present themselves as backache, frequent urination, and heavy menstrual bleeding. For you, it might be periods lasting more than a week, constipation or pelvic pressure.

Having to frequent the bathroom is a daily struggle that keeps me from doing fun activities like road trips or long hikes and experiencing a heavy menstrual bleeding is no walk in the park either.

The cause of uterine fibroids is still unknown, but through research, doctors have been able to determine hormones and genetic changes to be contributing factors. Although many women opt for some form of medical therapy to shrink the fibroids and over-the-counter medication to control pain and bleeding, the only way to eliminate them completely is through a hysterectomy (surgery).

To further understand the causes and potential new treatments for uterine fibroids, physicians at Women’s Health Care Research are conducting clinical trials and are seeking volunteers to evaluate whether an investigational medicine could reduce the amount of heavy menstrual bleeding due to uterine fibroids.  If you are eligible, you will receive study medicine and study-related care at no cost to you and may be compensated for time and transportation.

Let’s understand and tackle uterine fibroids! To learn more and apply click HERE or the button below.

 

For more general information, I suggest the following links:

https://report.nih.gov/nihfactsheets/viewfactsheet.aspx?csid=50

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/uterine-fibroids/symptoms-causes/dxc-20212514