Dr. Natalya Danilyants, MD recently spoke with Sarafina Wright at The Washington Informer about common myths about fibroids and minimally invasive fibroid removal at The Center for Innovative GYN Care.
Washington Informer: Myths About Fibroids Debunked
According to a study by the National Institutes of Health, 80 percent of African-American women will develop uterine fibroids by the age of 50 leading all women in new cases each year.
Dr. Natalya Danilyants, co-founder of The Center for Innovative GYN Care, asserts that while Black women have higher incidents of fibroids than their white counterparts there “isn’t one particular reason why.”
“African-American and Asian-American women are at a higher risk for fibroids and we don’t know what it is that predisposes them,” Danilyants said. “We see cases with women of various ages, weights, mothers, non-mothers, vegans and meat eaters so what exactly is causing it we don’t know.”
Leiomyomata, or fibroids, are benign, non-cancerous tumors that are generally solid and various sizes, which form in the uterine muscle.
Women are most vulnerable to fibroids in their child bearing years experiencing symptoms such as prolonged bleeding, back pain and frequent urination. If left untreated it can result in miscarriages, early labor and infertility.
“Most women with fibroids find out pretty soon,” Danilyants said. “It can be diagnosed pretty quickly, but symptoms are subjective.”
Danilyants discourages women who have been diagnosed with fibroids to ignore the issue especially women who plan to have children.
“They generally need to be addressed because they will continue to grow,” she said. “If they are small they will have to be followed closely, because when they get large it will impact fertility.”
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