Uterine fibroids disproportionately affect Black women.
Black women are three times more likely than women of other races to develop uterine fibroids and are more likely to experience them earlier in life. Despite the high prevalence of uterine fibroids in Black women, Black women only make up 15% of study participants in uterine fibroids’ research studies.
To shed more light on this important Black women's health issue, this destination in Verywell's Health Divide series provides:
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Monique Rainford, MD, is board-certified in obstetrics-gynecology, and currently serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor at Yale Medicine. She is the former chief of obstetrics-gynecology at Yale Health.
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