Uterine fibroids—also known as leiomyomas—are fairly common. These growths are benign (they are not cancerous) and they may be asymptomatic (without symptoms). If symptoms do occur, they can include irregular vaginal bleeding, pelvic/abdominal discomfort, and fertility issues.

Black women are three times more likely than women of other races to develop fibroids and often develop fibroids at earlier ages. It's also been shown that Black women are more symptomatic.

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