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Black Women Suffer from Uterine Fibroids More Than Women of Other Races

Black women suffer from uterine fibroids more than women of other races. According to some national statistics, at least 25% of Black women ages 18-30 will have complications with fibroids, while only 6% of White women may experience these problems. UCLA Health describes fibroids as tumors that develop in the uterus, made of smooth muscle cells and fibrous connective tissue. Most are benign or noncancerous. 

With July being National Fibroid Awareness month, we spoke with life coach, author, and fibroids advocate Ella Destiny, who battled with fibroids since high school and later had a hysterectomy before finding out there were more straightforward and safer solutions. 

“My fibroid journey started back in high school. I used to pass out a lot and was always tired but never knew why. I’d go to the doctor, and they’d tell me it was just an iron deficiency and severe anemia,” Ella explains. “They’d put me on iron pills four times a day. It wasn’t until I was about to give birth to my oldest son that they actually diagnosed me with fibroids.”

Symptoms of Fibroids

Heavy menstrual bleeding, cycles lasting more than a week, pelvic pressure or pain, frequent urination, difficulty emptying the bladder, constipation, and backache or leg pains are all symptoms of the disorder. However, some women do not experience some of these symptoms, like heavy menstrual cycles.

The international coach says she certainly experienced heavy bleeding during her menstrual cycles. “I was going through both pads and tampons like running water. So much so that I had to wear layers of clothing just to make sure I didn’t bleed through.” Continuing, she says, “My cramps were severe and debilitating, to the point that during my first two days of my menstruation, I couldn’t get out of bed. My cycles lasted three weeks to months at a time. I was always tired. I had no energy, back pains, and really painful sex.”

Fibroids usually become a problem for women as they get closer to menopause, and they are often the reason for more than half of the 600,000 hysterectomies performed in the US annually. Ella Destiny was one of those who had a hysterectomy, not knowing of other options, like (Uterine Fibroid Embolization) UFE. 

Uterine Fibroid Embolization

“UFE was available at the time I had my uterus removed, but it wasn’t an option provided to me. I was ignorant of what it was and that it even existed, thus leaving me not to ask important questions about alternatives,” Ella admits.

She explains, “UFE is a minimally invasive procedure that’s used to treat fibroids. They insert a catheter into an artery by way of a small incision in the wrist or groin to cut off the blood supply to the fibroids causing them to shrink and die ultimately. The recovery time is much less than that of a hysterectomy, and you get to keep your uterus and go on to birth to children.”

The fibroid fighter describes recovering from a hysterectomy as similar to having a cesarean birth stating that the recovery times can vary from person to person, of course. However, Ella’s surgery had complications. “My recovery was different and much longer due to my intestines being severed during the process, which led to my having to have 11 subsequent surgeries and the loss of my navel,” she says. 

Fortunately, Ella had her family, children, close friends, and spiritual family, who were all a part of her healing journey. 

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Why are Black Women Impacted the Most?

While fibroids are more common in Black women, no one knows precisely why it is. We asked Ella her thoughts on the matter. 

“Well, we know that black women are more vitamin D deficient than other women, and that’s because our skin is darker. Also, I think genetics, our diets and what we put into our bodies, and the way we handle stress.”

Are Fibroids Hereditary?

It has yet to be determined if fibroids are hereditary, but there is believed to be a hereditary component to them, and those who have family members who suffer from fibroids are more likely to have them as well. The coach says a number of women in her family on both her maternal and paternal sides have or have had fibroids.

While Ella Destiny now teaches a 4-Week Purpose Course and hosts “So What, You Can Sit With Me” mini-conferences, it is now her personal mission to educate other women. Her message to other Black women is, “Educate, Educate, Educate! Make sure you educate yourselves on what fibroids are and the signs and symptoms. Get second and third opinions, asks lots of questions, and if you aren’t sure, schedule a consultation. Make sure you know all of your options so that you can make an informed decision about what to do with your body! You are your best advocate.”

To learn more about Ella Destiny and connect with her, visit her website or follow her below:

IG: @coachelladestiny

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Twitter-Ella Destiny



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Francheska Felder
Francheska Felder
Francheska “Fancy” Felder is an award-winning editor, publisher, publicist, and quiet Southern media mogul. In 2010, she launched SwagHer Magazine, an empowerment and lifestyle publication for the Black woman who likes to keep it real, which also doubles as a PR boutique. SwagHer Magazine uses positive media and storytelling to create new narratives and mindsets around Black women, their communities, and the businesses and organizations they lead, while the boutique strategically executes press and brand campaigns. The proud SU alum is also the publicist for Power Influence Radio and hostess of the CEO Chatter LIVE Podcast. Because she battles with bipolar disorder, Fancy is a proud mental health advocate.

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