Fibroids Worse for Black Women

October 10, 2013  |  

A new study published in the Journal of Women’s Health finds that uterine fibroids are more serious and more common in black women. In fact, black women are three times as likely to have these benign growths on the wall of the uterus than their white counterparts and tend to have them at an earlier age.

Black women find that uterine fibroids are so serious, they’re “interfering with their daily life, and causing them to miss work”, mostly due to the painful, heavy periods and even anemia that accompany fibroids. And for women who want to have children, fibroids can be a big problem. Fibroids can be responsible for infertility or pregnancy loss, and if a woman has submucosal fibroids, an embryo may have a hard time implanting and developing in the uterus.

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