It is thought that black women are three times more likely than their white counterparts to suffer from uterine fibroids.
Fibroids are non-cancerous growths of the lining of the womb that are made of muscle and fibrous tissue. While many women do not experience symptoms, others may have very heavy menstrual bleeding, abdominal bloating, urinary frequency and pelvic pain. Often these symptoms can cause psychological distress and depression. By the time many women seek medical intervention they may have been managing these problems for years on their own. In younger women, they often only seek the help of medical professionals after long-term disruption to their sex lives or a struggle with infertility.