If it seems like nearly every woman you know, yourself included, has been diagnosed with fibroids, there’s good reason. According to ER physician Arabia Mollette, MD, at least 80% of African American women have developed a fibroid.
“Black women are more likely to develop fibroids at an earlier age than any other racial group in this country and we are also likely to develop larger fibroids which can severely impair our quality of life,” Dr. Mollette shared with us.
Given the prevalence of fibroids among Black women — and the effects these non-cancerous masses can have on our quality of life and fertility — we asked Dr. Mollette to tell us everything we need to know about fibroids, from symptoms to treatments and prevention. Check out what she told us in the video above.