Are you suffering from uterine fibroids? This condition affects millions of women of child bearing age every year. Although fibroids are benign tumors, they can present many painful symptoms, and if left untreated can lead to serious complications.
From Hollywood icons to renowned political figures, learn how they’ve navigated the challenges presented due to uterine fibroids and their experiences with treatment options. Find inspiration and awareness as these well-known figures shed light on a common health issue affecting many women worldwide. Explore their stories and insights, and gain valuable information about fibroids and the importance of seeking early detection and effective management.
Some Celebrities with Fibroids
The first African American model to feature on the cover of Vogue Magazine, this famous celebrity was battling through uterine fibroids in the 1980s, when the most common treatment option available for fibroids was hysterectomy. A hysterectomy procedure for fibroids pushed Beverly in to early menopause and presented its own problems. Johnson says,
“I wish I had been braver and smarter when it came to dealing with fibroids. There are other options out there for women, she stresses. It is important to investigate them.”
This Real Housewife of New York City and Skinny Girl Empire magnate has suffered with uterine fibroids. She even cites her condition as the cause of her 2012 miscarriage. After suffering with pain and bleeding for months, Frankell finally underwent treatment this summer.
“ I had lost 10% of my blood, my uterus had doubled in size: and my fibroids had grown larger.” She explained in a recent People Magazine interview.
Rapper, Eve, was going through fertility treatment when she realized her horrible pain was likely related to fibroids. She was informed by her health specialist that her challenges were due to uterine fibroids.
The 36-year-old “Brave” singer underwent a procedure to remove a uterine fibroid back in 2016.
“So I have been healing from a minor surgery removing a fibroid on my uterus. (For those of you who don’t like over-sharers, you came to the wrong canteen! Two doors down…great daiquiris.),” Bareilles wrote on Instagram, alongside photo of herself in a hospital gown.
Johnson’s fibroid ordeal began after she was diagnosed with uterine fibroids growing on her ovaries. She experienced symptoms that included blood clots “larger than the palm of her hand” and fainting spells due to anemia. Johnson’s situation was so dire she had to have a blood transfusion to remove a fibroid the size of a grapefruit
She first discovered her fibroids when she was pregnant with her first daughter, Noelle. “It was the size of a grape at that time, and it was not cancerous, so it was nothing to concern myself about. It would probably just go away, they told me, which is not what happened,” Bailey comments on the time, noting how she wasn’t concerned because the doctors told her not to be. But, she had symptoms even earlier than that.
A Hollywood icon, the actress came public about how she was initially misdiagnosed that resulted in an incorrect procedure. After the pain worsening she received a second diagnosed and found a large fibroid tumor.
ET Online reported she said:
“Ladies in particular: Don’t get blown off,” she continued. “GET A SECOND OPINION. It can save your life.”
In 2020, singer FKA Twigs opened up about her epic ordeal with fibroids. While some fibroids are completely asymptomatic, the symptoms of fibroids can also be incredibly disruptive including heavy menstrual bleeding, vaginal bleeding while not on your period, pelvic pain and fertility issues
“You go to doctors and you get checked out and they tell you the things that are wrong and things that are not wrong,” the rapper explains. “I had fibroids and polyps in my uterus. So in order for me to be the oven, I had to clean my uterus out. So I had to have a couple of little minor surgeries and get the polyps taken out. The fibroids were not in the way of my uterus, so they’re still there, but they’re not affecting the pregnancy at all.”
Political Figure with Fibroids
Besides these famous women, Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice underwent Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) at Georgetown University Hospital in 2004.
If you are suffering from painful and prolonged menstrual periods that may continue for more than a week, frequent urination, pelvic pain and pressure, pain during sexual intercourse or fatigue and tiredness caused by Anemia (iron deficiency) due to heavy and prolonged menstrual flow don’t feel you are alone.
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