Cynthia Bailey

Cynthia opens up about her battle with fibroids.

on Nov 19, 2013

Abnormally heavy menstrual bleeding: My cycle would last almost 8 days as opposed to 3 or 4 days. I was PMS-ing (the week before), then actually on my period (another week), and 1 week of normalcy before starting the whole thing all over again. I felt like my life revolved around my period. For the first time in years, we have white sheets on the bed.

Anemia: Had very low energy no matter how much sleep I got. I have been tired for the last 5 years!

Abnormally heavy menstrual periods that come more frequent than your normal cycle (less than every 28-30 days).

Pelvic pain/pressure

Painful menstrual periods: Had very bad cramping the first three days and very heavy blood clotting.

Pain during or after sexual intercourse: Certain positions would be very painful during sex. Good ol' missionary position was the most comfortable.
Pressure on the bladder, which can cause frequent urination: Sometimes I felt like I had to urinate really bad, and then it would be drip, drop, drip!

Acute or severe pelvic pain from twisting of the fibroid on its stalk, or from degeneration of the fibroid.

Who gets fibroids? Fibroids are more common in African American women than in women of other racial groups. One study showed that fibroids are three times more common in African American women than in Caucasian women. Additionally, fibroids tend to be larger and occur at an earlier age in African Americans. It is unclear as to why such differences exists.