Feeling the Strain: Uterine Fibroids and the Caribbean Woman’s Struggle

Gynaecology | Apr 03, 2024 | Written by Dr. Shevon Joseph

Uterine fibroids, benign tumors that develop within the womb, are a prevalent yet often under-discussed health concern for women in the Caribbean. Here at our practice, we see firsthand the impact these non-cancerous growths can have, with an estimated 10% of our patients requiring fibroid management.

Understanding Fibroids:

These growths develop from muscle and fibrous tissue within the uterus, varying in size and location.

Many women experience no symptoms, but for others, fibroids can cause:

  • Heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding
  • Pelvic pain and pressure
  • Frequent urination
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Difficulty getting pregnant

Open Communication is Key:

  • Fibroids are incredibly common, affecting up to 80% of women by the age of 50, with African American women at higher risk.
  • Despite their prevalence, fibroids remain under-discussed, leaving many women feeling alone and unsure about their options.
  • Open communication is  crucial for diagnosis, understanding your individual situation, and exploring treatment options that best suit your needs.

Treatment Options:

  • “Watchful waiting” may be appropriate for women with no or mild symptoms.
  • Medications can help manage symptoms and shrink fibroids.
  • Minimally invasive procedures offer targeted treatment for specific fibroids.
  • Surgery is an option for severe cases or if other approaches are unsuccessful.

By acknowledging the gravity of fibroids and taking collective action, we can ensure that Caribbean women no longer have to bear the burden of this silent struggle alone. Let’s prioritize our well-being and work towards a future where fibroids are not just a medical issue, but a public health concern actively addressed and alleviated.

If you or someone you know experiences symptoms of fibroids, remember you’re not alone. Book an online consultation with us to discuss your concerns and explore treatment options. Early diagnosis and proper management can significantly improve your quality of life.