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Quad Webb is opening up about a health struggle that is more common for women than you may know. The Married to Medicine star appeared on The Doctors to reveal that she had seven fibroids, which Dr. Nita Landry described as "non-cancerous growths that develop on the muscle tissue of the uterus."
Sometimes, women develop fibroids without symptoms and they don't need to be treated, Dr. Nita said, but other times, physical symptoms can arise, the most painful of which happened to Quad.
"I was experiencing lower back pain, abdomen pains, frequent urination, heavy bleeding, elongated periods of time," Quad shared. "Like, instead of being on my cycle for five days, it would be 14, like half the month. So I also noticed the weight gain and I think at some point I thought, this is unusual for me and you need to do something about this, you need to see what's going on with your body. At that point, I went to the doctor and I learned that I had fibroids. So for a person who had never even been stung by a bee that I had to possibly have major surgery, I was freaked out."
The Doctors showed a graphic photo of her fibroids, two of which were larger than grapefruits, calling them her "little friends." Dr. Nita explained that there is a 70 percent chance Caucasian women will develop fibroids by the age of 50, and the percentage rises to 80 percent with African-American women.
Quad said she waited about a year before she did something about how she was feeling because she was busy and it was just easier to neglect. Luckily, she underwent an alternative to major surgery: a minimally invasive procedure that destroys fibroids via a radio frequency ablation that heats them up. Now, she is feeling great — but has a warning to other women: Don't ignore any warning signs or symptoms that the body might be giving off.
“When you are [neglecting] to listen to your body, you are neglecting yourself," she said. "I don’t want people to do that… The time is now. It’s right now, so don’t neglect your body. We only get one.”
Hopefully Quad sharing her personal health story can enlighten others on the non-invasive treatment options that can work for women with fibroids.
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