When July rolls around, I am painfully reminded that it is Fibroids Awareness Month. I am one of the 90 percent of Black women affected by fibroids by age 50. I was diagnosed with fibroids—smooth muscle tumors that form in the uterus—in 2001 at the age of 30. From that moment on, I began a 14-year battle to overcome fibroids, resulting in infertility, and a litany of other medical challenges. The road to my healing was a long and grueling one that included:
- 10 surgeries—five of them for fibroids
- 5 in-vitro fertilization cycles
- 1 heart-wrenching miscarriage
- 120+ days combined in the hospital
- A high-risk pregnancy that resulted in my unborn baby fighting the fibroids that were siphoning off her blood supply at 21 weeks in utero
- My heart stopping on the delivery table
- Thankfully Nia, our miracle baby, being born at 2.5 lbs and 14 inches!
While our family enjoyed a storybook ending, my heart aches for families who are still fighting fibroids and infertility. The fibroids epidemic affects 70 percent of American women at large, and up to 90 percent of Black women by age 50.
Many of these women have their personal and professional lives derailed by infertility, hemorrhaging, life-threatening anemia, debilitating cramps, embarrassing incontinence and so much more.
As I struggled to find out why these foreign masses kept invading my body, I grew frustrated as gynecologists repeatedly told me that the cause of fibroids is unknown.
Furthermore, little to no research was/is being done to unearth the answer. But one word kept popping up in my findings—estrogen. While doctors hesitated to name it as the root cause, they did agree that estrogen fuels the growth of fibroids.
In 2015, I was introduced to the work of Aboriginal Medical Association Naturopathic Physicians, Dr. Amsu Anpu and Dr. Amun Neb. While other doctors seemed unsure, they unequivocally asserted that Estrogen Dominance is the root cause of reproductive diseases such as fibroids, infertility, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis and more.
Through my partnership with Dr. Amsu and Dr. Amun we co-founded the holistic 90-Day Hope Beyond Fibroids Elimination Program. Using the four parts of our program—coaching, diet, herbal supplements, and Medical Qi Gong we have helped women eliminate up to 50 MRI documented fibroids, infertility after 12 years and more without surgery.
Here are two critical things every woman battling fibroids and infertility should know:
1. The Process:
Estrogen dominance develops in our bodies through:
Stress stemming from high-pressure working and living, spiritual, and emotional factors, and tidal waves of the toxin Cortisol into our bodies.
Diets rich in estrogen. Some of the superfoods that many of us trust like