Understanding Uterine Fibroids

Understanding Uterine Fibroids

The special issue offers information on uterine fibroids, including how to recognize the signs and symptoms and a guide to your treatment opti...


Sateria Venable

At 26, a Doctor Advised Her to Have a Hysterectomy

Instead, Sateria Venable found a less drastic solution to the uterine fibroids that plagued her and blossomed into a prolific advocate.


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How To Discuss Uterine Fibroid Treatment With an OB/GYN

This article is sponsored by AbbVie


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Questions for Your Doctor, Questions for Yourself

What women need to know about uterine fibroids

Understanding Your Treatment Options for Uterine Fibroids

Treatment is not usually recommended for women with fibroids who lack symptoms. But for those who do, a number of choices are available.

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Uterine Fibroids Resources

These organizations offer women living with uterine fibroids information that can help to improve the quality of their lives.

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How Much Do You Know About Uterine Fibroids?

Take this quiz to test your knowledge.

Expert Advice

Ob-gyn Kecia Gaither, MD

How Uterine Fibroids Can Affect Pregnancy

Women must educate themselves about uterine fibroids, which sometimes can cause fertility and reproductive health issues.

Gloria Richard-Davis, MD, is a reproductive endocrinologist, at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS)

A Focus on Women’s Reproductive Health

Gloria Richard-Davis, MD, talks uterine fibroids and their effect on fertility and pregnancy

Ob-gyn Veronica Gillispie-Bell, MD

An Ob-Gyn Talks Uterine Fibroids

Based at Ochsner Medical Center in Kenner, Louisiana, Veronica Gillispie-Bell, MD, MS, cares for many patients with uterine fibroids.

Yan Katsnelson, MD, founder of the Fibroid Fighters

Uterine Fibroid Solutions for Women

Fibroid Fighters creator Yan Katsnelson, MD, on an effective uterine fibroid treatment he thinks more doctors should suggest to patients.

Personal Stories

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Uterine Fibroids: A Couple’s Story

When Trina Caldwell, age 45, experienced a life-threatening episode triggered by uterine fibroids, her husband, David, sprang into action.

She Didn’t Know Fibroids Could Cause Such Intense Pain

During a doctor’s visit for severe pelvic and back pain, Twyla Hubbard, 46, a mom of two, first learned she had a large uterine fibroid.

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Pushing Through the Pain

How fibroids have affected one woman’s self-image and life.

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A Growing Dilemma

Shalane Smith wishes there was another way to treat her uterine fibroids.

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Choosing Your Path

Shenair Sapp weighs her treatment options for uterine fibroids.

From Benign to Worse

The path to finding out that her fibroid was benign led to other problems for Ann Smith.

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Out of Control

Ann Leonard recalls how she had to deal with uterine fibroids before menopause.

Uterine Fibroids Cuts Across Generations

As Maxine Rooks and her daughter, Erica Rooks-Daughtry, learned, uterine fibroids often run in families.

Dearra Williams, USA Fibroid Centers and Fibroid Fighters ambassador

Period Pain Too Much? Might Be Uterine Fibroids

Despite heavy periods, Dearra Williams was unaware she had uterine fibroids. Then the worst pelvic pain she ever felt struck.

Erica L. Taylor, Fibroids Fighters ambassador

ER Visits, Heavy Bleeding, Painful Sex, Surgeries and Fertility Issues

Erica L. Taylor, a Dallas filmmaker, shares the story of the harrowing incidents that led to her eventual diagnosis with uterine fibroids.

Lorraine Abudeye

Don’t Let a Doctor Tell You “It’s Just Your Hormones”

In the search for solutions to her uterine fibroids symptoms, New Jerseyan Lorraine Abudeye has learned to question what care providers say.

I Thought Bleeding for Two Weeks Straight Was Normal—It Wasn’t

After being rushed to the hospital with severe blood loss, I learned I had uterine fibroids. The problem ran in my family. I got treatment.


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