Toya Wright (who you might know as Lil Wayne’s ex-wife, a TV personality, or author of In My Own Words) walks around every day feeling like she’s five months pregnant. Despite sticking to a healthy diet and busting her butt in the gym, that belly won’t go away—because it’s caused by uterine fibroids. Not only do they give her the feeling of being pregnant, but they also serve up severe bleeding and cramping every month when she gets her period.
And she’s far from alone. A whopping 50 percent of women will have uterine fibroids, says Yvonne Bohn, M.D., ob-gyn at Los Angeles Obstetricians and Gynecologists and Cystex spokesperson. The Office on Women’s Health even estimates that between 20 and 80 percent of women will develop fibroids by age 50. Despite the fact that this issue affects such a huge chunk of the female population, many women don’t know the first thing about fibroids. (And, no, it’s not the same as endometriosis, which stars like Lena Dunham and Julianne Hough have spoken out about.)
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