Inside Her Story: Discussing Fibroids In African-American Women

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Fibroids are noncancerous tumors that grow in the womb. Causing severe pain and infertility problems, African-American women are three times more likely to get it.

Jacque Reid goes Inside Her Story with PaSean Ashley-Wilson about her film called The F-Word, a documentary about fibroids in Black women.

“I guess around 14 years ago the first doctor that I went to told me not to worry about it,” explained Ashley-Wilson. It was her second doctor that gave her hard news.

“‘You have fibroids you need a hysterectomy,’” said Ashley-Wilson’s doctor. “I told her I was not having a hysterectomy…I cried so hard. I started doing a lot of holistic treatment.”

However, one doctor told her that they could remove her fibroids and leave her uterus alone using a myomectomy surgery. The question becomes why aren’t more doctors recommending this.

“They’re (doctors) trained it’s how we have to cure and that any other treatment is a band-aid,” explained Ashley-Wilson. “Because it doesn’t get to the root cause of why a woman has fibroids it will return.”

If you’d like to learn more about The F-Word documentary, follow the film’s journey on Instagram @fworddocumentary or email Ashley-Wilson at fibroidstories@gmail.com.

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Inside Her Story: Discussing Fibroids In African-American Women was originally published on blackamericaweb.com

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