"I was a hot mess," she says of her battle with uterine fibroids.

on Nov 12, 2013 - The Dish0

Over the last few months, rumors have swirled that Cynthia Bailey has been expecting a baby—largely due to a noticeble bump she's been sporting. But those rumors have given way to a shocking reality: she's been struggling with uterine fibroids.

On this week's episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, she underwent a procedure to have them removed and she says the process had radically improved her life. "I feel so much better," she tells CocoaFab. "I lost my pregnant stomach and I have energy."

It's a welcome relief for the mother and wife. Though she admits she was diagnosed with fibroids after giving birth to daughter Noelle, the pain and discomfort increased only recently. "I was a hot mess every time my cycle came around," she says. "There was three weeks out of the month where that took over my life and left me with one good week, which is not enough." She goes on to reveal there were some embarassing moments: "I would be somewhere and have blood on my dress. I'm like, I can't be out and bleeding. This is crazy!"

Her health issues also affected her relationship with her husband. "I had low everything. Low sex drive, low energy. Having sex can be painful depending on where they are."

Cynthia eventually decided to take control of the issue and have surgery and she says the results have been "life changing." She also chose to have it documented on the show to raise public awareness. "As much as we love the drama, I always try to bring real life issues to the show as well," she says. "Things that other women can relate to. I wanted to deal with it and it turned out some of the other ladies on the show had the same issues."

Now, she hopes fans who have watched her struggle will take action if they're feeling similar issues. "I really want to inspire women," she says. "I'm a different person. I can't believe I had it as long as I did and got anything done. Everything has changed and it has been amazing. I'm so glad I took care of it!"

Are you inspired by Cynthia? Tell us in the comments.

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9 comments
Bgorrera
Bgorrera

Glad you are better. I went through the same thing with fibroids a couple years ago. I elected to have a partial hysterectomy. I got my life back. Glad you a bringing awareness to this issue.

kadijah
kadijah

Hi Cynthia, I'm hope your feeling better, and as for Peter, he needs to be more sympathetic slapping you on your butt what's up with that? I don't know maybe he was putting on a front, deep down he was probably scared or being just a butt head. you can as many cupcakes as you want and still be beautiful and fierce okay??? looking forward to the next episode.

dmdove
dmdove

Cynthia, I would like to thank you so much for your information because you did inspire me.  I was diagnosed not too long ago, and it scared me, and still does.  I was told that after I had kids I can have a hystorectomy (sp), and I don't want that.  I learned that some of the symptoms I have been experiencing is related to that, and it is just so good to know that I'm not getting fat on my own fault, my cravings are related, and that the excessive bleeding is connected.  Thank you for telling your story, and sharing that there is another option.  I'm only 30 years old, and glad to know that there is a solution!

cindy1963
cindy1963

Hi Cynthia,

 Watching this episode really brought back memories for me...not good ones!! I have had problems with my cycle since I was 26 and I can really feel what you were going through. However, you were lucky enough that your problem could be fixed relatively easy, not the case with me. I have had 22 MAJOR ABDOMINAL SURGERIES, all under General Anesthesia but I did feel bad for you. What I did not like was Peter's attitude towards the whole situation. The way he kept laughing and making "fun" of you eating that extra cupcake when it truly was not your fault. I really did not appreciate the way he acted. It just goes to show you that the majority of men really do not understand all that us women have to go through. I hope he made it up to you when he realized that it was not your fault! That really turned me off! Anyway, I hope you are doing better now and back to your old self again. It must feel great to be pain free! I would not know because I live with pain on a daily basis because of all of the surgeries I have had and I am on some heavy medications and all this among other health issues has led me to being permanently disabled. But I really do wish you well and I hope you never have to go through any of this again. And tell Peter to learn how to have some compassion, it's not going to change the person that he is. After I got sick I saw a totally different side of my husband that I never knew was there and I have to tell you that if I didn't have him, I probably would not be here right now. He has done SO MUCH  for me, more than the vows that we took asked him to. I thank God for him every day and I realize how lucky I am to have him in my life. Feel better and may God bless you always. 

 

RHOA fan, 

Cynthia C. 

From NJ

erica.lewis.916
erica.lewis.916

I understand how it feels . I have the same issues mine started after i had two tubule pregnancy at the age of 26 .Than i started having pain that i had never felt to later be diagnose with Fibroids. When the show air and all the things you where going through the cravings like a pregnant person wow i though i was crazy people saying you look pregnant and knowing for a fact your not cause both my tubes are gone really had me down . But im so happy you share your story my boyfriend and family can see that im not tripping 

PsychicGem13
PsychicGem13

My heart goes out to you Cynthia, the fibroids are the worst. I know.  But on the other hand, you are rocking in that hair and looking gorgeous as always.  Feel Great and Take Care!

Hungry365
Hungry365

I'm 32yrs old and live with PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome). PCOS has many of the same symptoms you have suffered from so I can relate to your pain. It affects every aspect of my life and there is no cure. Keep faith and stay positive. Thank you for promoting female health!

JRoc85
JRoc85

Peter, you were wearing a HUGE a$$ hat last night with Cynthia (from financial mismanagement to laughing at your wife's fibroid issue, Peter has DEFINITELY proven that the "good guy" act he put on last season was just that... AN ACT)!!! Here Cynthia is going thru abdominal pains, heavy menstrual cycles, weight gains, etc... due to fibroids, & YOU'RE THE ONE COMPLAINING)!!! Cynthia, girl I have NO IDEA why you choose to put up with Peter!!! 

sisterhood
sisterhood

Hi Cynthia, fibroids are very common in the African American community.  I suffered with them in the same ways you did.  I was told as a young lady that I had fibroids, but they didn't bother me until much later in my life.  I had surgery and felt so much better.