First diagnosed with uterine fibroids in 2008, USA Fibroid Ambassador and filmmaker  Erica Taylor had never heard of the health condition. When doctors explained to her that the growths in her uterus were tumors, she panicked. “I heard the word tumor and immediately thought cancer or at least a very serious illness that could stop me in my tracks,” she says.

Although uterine fibroids are usually noncancerous, the abnormal growths can cause some women to experience a host of unpleasant symptoms, such as heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding, anemia, painful sex, constipation, and frequent urination and swelling of the abdomen.

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