Coping with uterine fibroids
If fibroids are detected and are not causing symptoms, doctors typically monitor them to see whether they grow. Some women with these benign tumors, which develop inside or outside the uterus, never develop any of the symptoms associated with the condition, such as heavy bleeding, anemia or pain.
By age 50, up to 80% of Black women and up to 70% of white women will develop fibroids. But fibroids frequently affect Black women at a younger age compared with their white counterparts, and they tend to experience more severe symptoms.
However, there is good news. Certain lifestyle choices, such as the ones described below, can help women reduce their risk of experiencing the more problematic symptoms of fibroids or get relief from issues precipitated by the condition.