Reproductive Health Disparity Fact: Fibroids occur in up to 80% of women of childbearing age. However, Black/African American women are more likely to develop them.
What are fibroids – Uterine fibroids are benign (noncancerous) tumors of muscle tissue in the uterus. They are also called myomas or leiomyomas, and are usually found in or around the body of the uterus. Fibroids can form in the outer wall of the uterus, in the layers of the uterine wall, or protrude into the womb (uterine cavity).
What is meant by “access to care” and why is it important? Access to care is the “timely use of personal health services to achieve the best possible health outcomes.” Consequently, when adequate access is not present, health disparities will persist. Moreover, health equity will always be just out of reach.
In this latest episode of True Health Live we go over the disproportionate rate at which Black women experience fibroids, and some reasons why. For example, access to care (or lack thereof) can negatively impact woman with fibroids. Many times vulnerable and under-served communities are those who experience access to care issues. Which in turn, contributes to disparities in reproductive health.