By the age of 50, 70% of white women and 80% of black women are diagnosed with uterine fibroids. Yet, many women suffer in silence. Women may not even know they have fibroids. How is this possible? As a society, we don’t talk about our periods – we don’t talk about what is “normal” when it comes to our periods, and what may be cause for concern. Many of us also do not know what fibroids even are or that fibroids can cause serious health issues like heavy menstrual bleeding, severe cramps, painful sex and infertility.
During Episode 12, we spoke with Tanika Gray Valbrun, the founder of The White Dress Project – an organization dedicated to raising funds for research and awareness for uterine fibroids in hopes that women with fibroids will be empowered and will no longer have to suffer in silence. It’s time for us all to have the conversation and normalize talking about women’s periods.