July 2015 has been designated Uterine Fibroids Awareness Month. Uterine fibroids, noncancerous growths that can appear on the uterus and interfere with fertility, are more common in African-American and Hispanic women.
According to Dr. Jessica Shepherd, 75% of black women have fibroids by age 50. Symptoms include:
- heavy bleeding
- long time frames of periods
- urinary frequency or constipation
Fibroids can be treated medically or surgically. An ultrasound helps diagnose size and location.