Cynthia Bailey talks about her treatment for fibroids
Old Real Housewives of Atlanta Star Cynthia Bailey is sharing her personal story about her experience with uterine fibroids to help educate other women about the condition she struggled with for 14 years.
Bailey recently opened in People on how fibroids affected her physical and mental health and damaged her marriage to her ex-husband, Peter Thomas. “It’s very hard to be mentally in a good space when you’re bleeding all the time and when you have no energy, and you’re anemic, and you don’t have the libido that you used to have” Bailey said People in the interview.
Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous tumors that grow in and around the uterus. Some women never know they have fibroids. But the size and location of tumors can have an impact on the symptoms which may include heavy menstrual bleeding, lower back pain and constipation. The cause of uterine fibroids is unknown, but research showed that black women are more likely to develop them than white women. By age 50, 70% of white women will develop fibroids, compared to 84% of black women.
The reality star says her symptoms included heavy menstrual bleeding, fatigue and low libido, which impacted all aspects of her life and made her feel like she was “bleeding to death.” died in many ways”.
She added, “work wise it was really hard to even work the first two or three days of my cycle because my bleeding was so heavy,” she says. Bailey says that as her fibroids grew, her stomach grew to the point that RHOA viewers thought she was pregnant.
While exploring her treatment options, Bailey says she refused to consider a hysterectomy (a surgical procedure that involves the removal of the uterus) because she wanted to be able to have more children. Instead, she chose to have a uterine fibroid embolization (UFE), a non-invasive outpatient treatment that leaves the uterus intact. Instead, an UFE blocks blood flow to the fibroids, causing them to shrink and die. Bailey shared the 40-minute procedure on camera with RHOA Fans. She says that after a two-day recovery period, she was able to return to work. A few months later, her menstrual cycle returned to normal and she was able to live her life without being controlled by the fibroids.
This Women’s History Month, Bailey has partnered with Fibroid Centers in the United States to share her story and help educate other women about fibroids. According to the National Institutes of Health, more than 200,000 women undergo hysterectomies every year to treat fibroids. This figure represents nearly one-third of the total number of hysterectomies performed each year in the United States. Bailey wants women to know that hysterectomy is not their only option and that they should consult with their doctor about the best treatment option that takes into account their personal and reproductive plans.
“I use my fame to spread the word so women understand they have options and don’t have to suffer in silence,” she says. “And they don’t need to have their uterus removed to deal with their fibroids. situation. This should be a last resort if this is even going to happen.