Uterine Fibroids what are they and why the heck am I bringing it up right now?
Uterine Fibroids are noncancerous growths or masses in the muscular tissue of the uterus. And fibroids a common gynecologic condition among women, it’s not normal and are the primary reason for hysterectomy for US Women.
According to Black Woman’s Health Imperative, over a lifetime:
80% of black women and 70% of white women will develop fibroids.
And relative to white women, black women are 2-3x more likely:
-to have fibroids,
-to develop them at younger ages,
-to have bigger fibroids, to have more fibroids, and
-to have more symptoms.
Rate of hospitalization for fibroids is 3x higher for black women than white women. The reasons for the increased risk of fibroids in black women are not well understood, although researchers continue to search for answers.
Some researcher believe it has to do with low levels of Vitamin D. In my practice, I have treated many women with fibroids of all races and it got me wondering why black women seem more susceptible. Then many moons ago, I learned about Epigenetics. Basically, the egg that created you was being developed in you mom’s ovaries when she was in utero in your grandma.
So not only genetically could you be passed down both good and not so good genes, but experientially, you could be passed down some pretty intense traumatic experiences as well.
So, when talking to my African American female clients about womb health, I often say to them that they may be carrying the burdens, pain and suffering of generations of women, including ancestors who had been slaves. And as a result, pain and pathology can occur in a black women’s womb, including fibroids.
Fibroids can cause disabling problems for black women. They are more likely to have severe pelvic pain and anemia (a low red blood cell count) due to heavy bleeding. A 2012 national survey of women with symptomatic fibroids revealed that black women were more likely to have other severe symptoms including:
- Heavy or prolonged periods;
- Menstrual cramps;
- Passage of blood clots during their period;
- Painful intercourse;
- Interference with physical activities;
- Interference with daily and social activities;
- Interference with relationships; and
- Missed days of work.
What can be done about it?
Western medicine would suggest a hysterectomy (partial or full removal of reproductive organs). However, there are Holistic and Natural ways to heal fibroids (depending on the size) such as the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®. An Arvigo® Practitioners will not only provide you with a incredibly powerful and healing session, but empower you with holistic health care suggestions such as dietary or movement lifestyle changes and self-care tools to help you heal. Sessions may also include castor oil packs or add in va-jj- steaming.
So, you if you want a safe space to express how you are feeling, to start healing those epigenetic wounds and let go of some of the fear and anxiety you may have been feeling lately, then find an Arvigo® Practitioner near you at www.arvigotherapy.com.
Please note that, unfortunately, many of us Arvigo® Practitioners had to shut down during COVID and some of us are still shut-down (like me in California), but all around the globe other practitioners are re-opening.
I hope you give yourself permission to heal, so you can continue to do the work in the world that you were meant to do in this world!