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:

  • Educational information with insights into how uterine fibroids affect Black women
  • Expert answers from Verywell Health's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jessica Shepherd
  • Stories from women who have firsthand experience with uterine fibroids

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--Shamard Charles, MD, MPH, public health doctor

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Uterine Fibroids and Black Women

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Jessica Shepherd MD, MBA, FACOG, is a board certified OB-GYN and the Chief Medical Officer for Verywell Health. She is the founder and CEO of Sanctum Med + Wellness, a wellness concierge practice, and is affiliated with Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.
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